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Mid Valley Times to debut

A consolidation of flags is set for July, said Fred Hall, publisher of onetime CNPA members Reedley Exponent, Sanger Herald and Dinuba Sentinel. The weekly Mid Valley Times debuts with the July 4 issue. “When one combines three of anything it means expanded coverage of this entire trade area,” Hall wrote. “There will be more…

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Honors for The Independent, publisher Joan Seppala

Joan Seppala, who founded The Independent in Livermore in 1963, was honored June 2 along with her newspaper as the Livermore Lions Club’s Citizen of the Year in Alameda County. It was also the occasion of her 80th birthday. Seppala is a crusader who confirms that the editor is in charge: “Over the years our…

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Safe havens/antitrust: Today in Washington, D.C.

“Congress must act to preserve a fair and independent press” headlines a USA Today opinion piece today by Joanne Lipman, a former editor in chief of USA TODAY and chief content officer of Gannett. “I typically would argue that such exemptions are anticompetitive,” Lipman writes, “but the truth is, nothing has been more anticompetitive for…

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Judges sought for PNNA contest

CNPA’s contest director is looking for volunteer judges for the annual C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards, which your association administers on behalf of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association. Judging begins Tuesday, July 9. Deadline is Monday, July 22. If you can help, please email Simon Birch or fill out this simple form. Sponsored by The Seattle…

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Panel, video push preservation bill

The News Media Alliance created a talking-points video promoting The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which would create a temporary safe harbor for news publishers to collectively negotiate with major tech platforms for better business terms. Among those in the video are NMA President and CEO David Chavern; Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of USA TODAY…

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Bakersfield, Tehachapi papers sold

Sound News Media has acquired the assets of TBC Media, which publishes The Bakersfield Californian and Tehachapi News, The Californian reports. Terms of the transaction, which is slated to close June 30, were not disclosed. “We are honored to have been a steward of the newspaper in Kern County, and have loved being part of…

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Police union loses suit to block release of discipline records

A Superior Court judge’s ruling has stopped the destruction of Downey Police Officer’s Association records to prevent public disclosure under a new state law, Long Beach Post reports. LBPost, the Los Angeles Times and Southern California Public Radio argued that the documents are public record. The law, in effect since January, grants access to police…

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Free stuff: Disaster-prep checklist

The Oklahoma Press Association once again offers a disaster-readiness checklist to CNPA members. “Every year one of our members (or their community) gets crushed by some disaster, typically weather-related,” OPA Executive Director Mark Thomas says. “They persevere and display heroism and grit as they cover the news for their entire community, never missing an issue.…

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Great Western Audience Summit is June 19-21 in Las Vegas

Cal Western Circulation Managers Association (CWCMA), Northwest International Circulation Executives (NICE) and Texas Circulation Management (TCMA), three longstanding organizations with members in media companies in 12 western states and Canada, are excited to announce the date of their annual audience summit. Click to view ad Scheduled for June 19-21 in Las Vegas, the Great Western…

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Got California veterans’ photos?

Over the past five years, community newspapers from across the country have joined the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Faces Project. VVMF is the organization that built and maintains the Vietnam Veterans WALL in Washington D.C. Several years ago, the VVFM started a project known as the “FACES PROJECT.” VVVFM is attempting to obtain a photo…

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