CNPA launched a Member Exclusive Webinar Program in April to foster member engagement, reveal compelling industry data and discuss issues that may affect the success of the news business on a go-forward basis.

Here is a recap:

April 16: “Newspapers at a Turning Point — Coping with Two Realities: Pandemic and Economic” 
This roundtable featured Sandy Close, founder of San Francisco-based Ethnic Media Services; Matthew Hall, opinion editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune; and Julie Makinen, executive editor of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs. The panelists offered perspectives on how their news organizations are working to provide information to communities while their own people and bottom lines are impacted. Their comments were candid, and the hourlong gathering gave them time to offer thoughtful responses. View the recording

April 28: “Small Business COVID-19 Revenue Opportunities”
Panelists Isabela Guzman, director of Gov. Newsom’s Office of the Small Business Advocate; and Mike Daniel, regional director of the Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, discussed access to capital and strategies to ensure a good chance at funding following the federal government’s enactment of a new $480 billion COVID-19 relief package. View the recording

May 7: “Pulse COVID-19 Shopping Survey”
Sammy Papert reported on data collected in the Pulse Research COVID-19 Impact Shopping Survey. The nationwide survey asked 26,000-plus subjects about their shopping plans in the next 90 days.  “Our goal with these data is to help you save or get back revenue by highlighting and quantifying current household shopping,” said Papert. View the recording

May 21: “‘New Models for a New Normal”
A conversation with Tim Franklin and Jim Iovino. Franklin helps to lead the Medill Local News Initiative, a research-and-development project designed to bolster the sustainability of local news in America. Iovino leads the NewStart Newspaper Ownership Initiative, which is focusing on recruiting, training and supporting the next generation of community newspaper owners and publishers across the country. View the recording

May 29: “CNPA 2020 Vision”
New CNPA President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Ford Champion II explained his plans for broadening the reach and impact of the organization and featured some of the programs and projects being undertaken by the Operations Committee at CNPA Services Inc. View the recording

June 18: “CNPA Legislative Update”
This report featured Jim Ewert, CNPA general counsel and legislative advocate; and Brittney Barsotti, staff attorney and legislative advocate, with details on  the latest Capitol actions that could affect the California news industry. View the recording

July 9: “Pandemic Reporting: The Second Wave”
A conversation with Michelle Levander, founder of USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism; and ChrisAnna Mink, MD, a reporter at The Modesto Bee. They shared insights on reporting the COVID-19 crisis based on their extraordinary careers in health journalism and education.  View the recording

July 16: “The ‘New’ News Consumer”
Amy Mitchell, Pew’s director of Journalism Research, discussed “new” news consumers, content preferences, and political polarization and the media. Mitchell shared what research has shown that COVID-19 and politics have done to readers’ media habits. Pew’s interactive American News Pathways project allows users to create tables and pull data from survey datasets. Try it out.

The American News Pathways project is ongoing. To learn more and receive regular reports via email, visit the project’s FAQ page.

Mitchell also shared results from a more general Local News Study, from 2019, which surveyed how consumers get their news, how much of it is local and what they are willing to pay for it.

July 23: “Digital Transformation and Sustainable Local News”
Covers what the Knight Foundation is doing to ensure sustainable local news and equitable community engagement. Knight VP of Journalism Jennifer Preston offers a wide-ranging discussion on the Foundation’s concerns and successes. View the recording

July 30: “Finding Time for Big Editorial Projects”
Editorial consultant Jim Pumarlo and two 2019 California Journalism Awards winners covered how to pursue time- and staff-consuming coverage when money is tight and time is even tighter. Jim is a former community news editor. He thinks newspapers, at their best, are stewards of their communities. He led a discussion with Napa Valley Register Editor Sean Scully and reporter Dawn Megli from the Thousand Oaks Acorn. They have managed to deliver inspired, in-depth reporting for their readers and their communities. View the recording

Aug. 6: “Editorial Cartoons & Cancel Culture”
Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune, Jack Ohman of The Sacramento Bee and syndicated cartoonist Darrin Bell joined us to talk about the challenges of political and social satire in our cancel culture. View the recording