Members to vote on name change

Notice of proposed amendment to CNPA Bylaws

Pursuant to Article XIV of the CNPA Bylaws, you are hereby notified that members will vote on a proposal to change the name of the California Newspaper Publishers Association to the California News Publishers Association by amending the bylaws at CNPA’s Annual Business Meeting on May 18, 2017, or by electronic ballot beginning May 10 and ending at 2 p.m. on May 17.

Background

CNPA has represented newspaper publishers since 1888. Today, due to the changing realities of the news business, many newspaper companies also manage digital properties that garner millions of readers worldwide, expanding the reach of their newspapers far beyond Californians’ doorsteps. At the February 2017 board meeting, the Board of Directors recommended putting the question before CNPA’s membership: Should the Association’s name better reflect the broad range in which member newspaper companies distribute news and information?

The Board of Directors recommended changing the name of the Association to the “California News Publishers Association.” This change recognizes the multifaceted work newspaper companies do, while retaining the CNPA acronym to ensure that the Association’s website address, logo and other valuable brand identifiers remain intact. The board decided maintaining the CNPA acronym was especially important to the association’s governmental affairs effort.

The Proposal

Amend the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws to change the Association’s name from the “California Newspaper Publishers Association” to the “California News Publishers Association,” removing the word “Newspaper” and replacing it with “News.” This change will be effectuated by amending Section 1 of the bylaws, which establishes the Association’s name.

The Process

CNPA members will be able to vote on the proposed Amendment to the Article and Incorporation and bylaws at CNPA’s Annual Business Meeting scheduled to occur at 8:45 a.m. on May 18, 2017, at the CNPA Press Summit at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Members unable to attend the Summit will be able to vote by electronic ballot beginning May 10 and ending at 2 p.m. on May 17. The details regarding how to cast an electronic ballot will be sent to members soon. The proposed bylaw change, in order to become effective, must be approved by a majority vote of the members who participate in the vote.

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Newton, 916-288-6015; Jim Ewert, 916-288-6013 or Nikki Moore, 916-288-6006.