The Advocate highlights issues of importance to blacks and other ethnic minorities, immigrants, young people, the elderly and other marginalized groups. We expose discriminatory and unfair treatment, and provide information designed to connect these groups so that they can more effectively influence law- and policy-makers. Our mission is to foster self-awareness, build community and empower people to reach their greatest potential through the presentation of timely, relevant and informative news stories, points of view and editorials.
Our parent organization, Cornerstone Media Group, is evolving into a publishing clearinghouse to better serve the local community, and has plans to relaunch our sister paper, the Central Florida Advocate, which previously included a Jamaican community partnership, to focus on the local Haitian community.
We published our first issue on November 17, 1993. Our investigative journalism has over the years led to federal investigations into the possible misuse of federal construction dollars and documented instances of patient abuse at the local VA Hospital before it was shut down and relocated. The wife of one of the patients who was not named in our stories, called to thank us for the series, and said she had been contacted by the White House and extended the apologies of the President for the patients’ mistreatment.
In another series we proved with the assistance of a professor at the University of Central Florida that the official account of a woman’s alleged suicide in an International Drive hotel was not scientifically possible, and disclosed an attempt to keep criminal activity in the tourist area out of the news. These and many other similar stories led to numerous awards for hard-hitting journalism in the local market, and we were twice named Media of the Year by the local African American Chamber of Commerce (in 1995 and 1996), Media of the Year in 1995 by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Media of the Year by the National Department of Corrections in 1997.
We began our online presence in 1995, and have recently partnered with HubShout Inc to create a visually appealing and content-rich website that chronicles the experience of living in the greater Orlando MSA, with all of its challenges and multicultural appeal. We urge you to interact with our advertising sponsors by clicking on the ads that appear throughout our website. Investigative journalism is costly; journalists willing to put in the time and effort are worthy of their hire. Clicking on an ad doesn’t obligate you; it just lets our advertisers know you stopped by– and that you support The Orlando Advocate. And that means they will continue to support us, too!