“Newspapers at a Turning Point,” last Thursday’s CNPA-Member webinar, drew 48 registrants. Subtitled “Coping with Two Realities: Pandemic and Economic,” the 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. CNPA’s Joe…

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Please join CNPA at 3 p.m. this Thursday for “Newspapers at a Turning Point. Coping with Two Realities: Pandemic and Economic.” This free webinar will feature insights on how publishers and editors are deploying crisis-response strategies. With: Sandy Close, Founder, Ethnic Media Services, San Francisco Matthew Hall, Opinion Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune Julie Makinen,…

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To be honest, it never occurred to me I would be president of CNPA, and without a journalism pedigree, writing a column seems … weird. But my entire 21 years in the newspaper business has been bloody well full of unexpected turns. I went from London ad agency guy to camera store owner to account…

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Q: Under most of the county Shelter In Place Orders, members of the media were specifically stated as essential businesses. Are news organizations considered Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors under the Governor’s Executive Order and under Federal law? A: In the governor’s initial Executive Order N-33-20, on March 19, he directed all residents to immediately stay…

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News cycle and business health John Watkins, The Daily Independent, Ridgecrest, wrote: “Personal health has been at the forefront, but now comes the continued worry about ‘business health.’” Connecting can carry that weight Brian Hamilton, The Union, Grass Valley, wrote: “For those who feel overwhelmed, you are not alone.” Coming face-to-face with our newsroom reality…

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The San Diego Union-Tribune is the General Excellence winner in the large dailies division in the 2019 California Journalism Awards Print Contest. The judge praised The Union-Tribune’s emphasis on local content, including an “all local front page,” “well done” arts and culture pages and some “very lovely, enticing ads.” The judge described the U-T’s coverage…

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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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