Due to the rapidly growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, CNPA Services Inc. staff will work remotely for at least the next two weeks beginning today, Monday, March 16. Staff will aim to avoid undue interruption in our operations and interactions with members and clients. We will continue to support and communicate with CNPA Members…

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Simon Grieve, a CNPA director since 2015, is the association’s new president as of March 11. Chuck Champion has resigned as CNPA president and is serving as interim executive director at CNPA. Grieve was the CNPA Board of Directors’ vice president/secretary-treasurer in 2019 and then president-elect. Grieve is publisher of Southern California News Group’s weekly…

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The California Journalism Awards Gala, scheduled for May 16 in Long Beach, is canceled. CNPA directors decided Thursday morning to cancel the event as caution and restriction increase over large gatherings and travel issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. This second annual Gala was planned to recognize winners in the 2019 California Journalism Awards. Finalists, announced…

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After a busy few weeks of sorting through 2,969 entries and compiling the judges’ decisions, we are pleased to announce this year’s finalists in the Print, Digital and Campus contests of the 2019 California Journalism Awards. The lists are available as sortable and searchable tables on the CNPA website: Print Digital Campus Contest questions: Simon…

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From the Secretary of State’s Advisory: The March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election is fast approaching, and Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office can help you with your election night reporting needs. If you want to receive up-to-the-minute results on election night directly from the Secretary of State’s office, please complete the Media Options Request…

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Your news products could be reaching more ears. With Audima, a long read on a commute can become a listening experience for your audience. As noted last week, Audima uses artificial intelligence to automatically read websites to its users. It’s a monthly subscription service, installed on the website just one time. Visitors can listen to…

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Audima is a text-to-speech technology that uses artificial intelligence to automatically read websites to its users. It’s a monthly subscription service, installed on the website just one time. Visitors can listen to its content whenever and as many times as they want. As Audima explains, “Audio promotes digital inclusion by empowering people who can’t read…

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Sunshine Week 2020 is March 15-21. The annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means is made possible by support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Gridiron Club and Foundation. The American Society of News Editors launched Sunshine Week in 2005 as a national initiative. Since 2012,…

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A gallery of photos from the recent CNPA Capital Conference is now on view at the CNPA website. Were you there? Please check your email for a brief survey from the CNPA events department. Save the date: California Journalism Awards Gala, Saturday, May 16, Long Beach Convention Center. Details very soon. Previously: Tom Newton closing…

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CNPA Executive Director Tom Newton has announced his plans to depart the organization. The CNPA Board of Directors will oversee a succession strategy. Newton’s career with CNPA has spanned almost 30 years. He became staff attorney in April 1990, general counsel and legislative advocate in July 1991 and executive director in April 2011. “CNPA has…

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