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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Upcoming & Annual


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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Latest News

  • Urge freelancers to join CNPA

    These are tough times for our industry, but that hasn’t slowed anybody down. California publications keep cranking out great stories as they cope with fewer resources and smaller staffs. For many pu...

  • Our online community: Come on in…

    Those who have accepted the invitation to our closed-circuit gathering place are saying hello to old and new peers and finding their way to special rooms set up just for them. As our members know, CN...

  • Final plaques arriving…

    CNPA Members have received their 1st- and 2nd-place California Journalism Awards plaques from the manufacturer. Please check your shipments for accuracy. One CNPA Member, San Quentin News, is miss...

  • Stidham among ’50 over 50′

    Julia Stidham, who recently became associate publisher at Swift Communications’ The Union in Grass Valley, is one of 12 news executives recognized in Editor & Publisher’s “...

  • Heads up for National Newspaper Week

    National Newspaper Week will be Oct. 3-Oct. 9. New commentaries, cartoons and house ads are coming soon. Please mark the dates and consider publishing an observance or two. The 81st annual National Ne...

  • SF Weekly goes on print hiatus

    Clint Reilly Communications’ SF Weekly will cease printing “for the forseeable future,” Editor in Chief Carly Schwartz told the San Francisco Chronicle. The Thursday alternative...

  • Epley joins Sacramento Bee opinion team

    Robin Epley has joined the opinion team at The Sacramento Bee, California Opinion Editor Marcos Bretón reports. She had been editor of MediaNews Group’s Fort Bragg Advocate-News and Mendocin...

  • Hoover report urges more remote-meeting access

      The Little Hoover Commission released a report that urges Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature to update the state’s open meeting law — the Bagley-Keene Act — to include i...

  • Weeklys news group adds Los Gatos flag

    San Jose-based Weeklys launched the Los Gatan on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Its first edition was a 36-pager distributed to homes and businesses. Los Gatos is adjacent to Scotts Valley, where Weeklys publi...

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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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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 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.