CNPA Mission Statement

To protect and serve the common interests of its newsmedia members, to help members inform and thereby strengthen their communities, and to foster the highest ideals, ethics and traditions of journalism, a free press and the news profession.

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Issues That Matter


CNPA tracks hundreds of bills each year affecting every aspect of news publishing, from advertising to employment relations issues, and, of course, freedom of information and the First Amendment. See our top priorities for 2021 and what we accomplished in 2020.

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New & Current


Any daily, weekly or monthly California newspaper, digital or campus publication may join CNPA. In 2020, CNPA added individual membership opportunities for freelancers. Join or login today to access benefits including the Legal Helpline, Job Bank and more.

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Ad Services

CNPA Advertising Services is your strategic partner for delivering local engagement on a statewide or national scale. Through our publishers and partners, we have deep relationships with every community in California and beyond, giving us local, on-the-ground knowledge of what really works.

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View our calendar of upcoming events, including webinars, the 2021 California Journalism Awards Gala, and our annual Capital Conference. CNPA’s education & networking events keep professionals connected across the Golden State.

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Since 1888


For years, the California News Publishers Association has protected the interests of newspapers throughout the state, from the smallest weekly to the largest metropolitan daily.

Meet the industry leaders who help guide the ship, from legislative priorities to events. With years of combined experience, CNPA’s board of directors is committed to championing the ideals of a free press.

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Job Bank

Where top talent connects with great opportunities. We match employers with qualified applicants throughout California.

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California Press Foundation

Helping to preserve the future of journalism. The mission of the California Press Foundation is to guard the history and traditions of California journalism.

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Helping With Coverage

Customized “Rights & Risks” on-site seminar. Covering issues including basics on the California Public Records Act and the state’s open meeting laws.

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California Journalism Awards

Now celebrating 59 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, California Journalism Awards continue to call attention to the state’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.

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CNPA’s Latest Efforts

CNPA’s governmental affairs staff serves as a protector and advocate for the California news industry at the state capitol.


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Help in the fight to protect California news. CNPA works to defeat onerous, business-killing regulations for its members, keeping in mind the news industry’s role as a leader in environmental, health, safety and other workplace issues.