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Local Media Association adds business accelerator

The Local Media Association has launched Accelerate Local, which aims to discover, develop and implement transformative business models that ensure a thriving future for local news. Peter Newton, former chief operating officer of GateHouse Media, will be managing director of Accelerate Local.

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Webby Award winners named

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judging body composed of over 2,000 industry experts and technology innovators, has announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. Established in 1996, the Webby Awards honor excellence in seven major media types: Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Apps, Mobile, & Voice, Games,…

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Pulitzer for Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for three reporters’ investigation of Dr. George Tyndall, the former USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of students during three decades at a campus clinic. It is the 45th Pulitzer Prize won by The Times since 1942. “The award recognizes an extraordinary piece of…

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Grad student seeks survey participation

What strategies are newspapers employing to survive the digital age, and which ones are working? A Master’s student asks California newspaper people to take part in a survey for his MBA degree dissertation by spending 4 minutes answering questions like: Has your newspaper launched a Mobile App in the last 5 years? “If you complete…

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Century Group launches newspaper in Redlands

Century Group Media on Friday, March 29 launched the Redlands Community News, an all-local weekly community newspaper similar to other weeklies published by the group. The company, owned by Jerry Bean, 2006 CNPA president, publishes five other voluntary-pay community weekly newspapers and one semi-monthly in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties with a total circulation of…

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Honors for the late Rich McKee

The late Richard P. McKee will be inducted into the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s Open Government Hall of Fame on April 13 in Dallas, the NFIC reports. McKee was past president of the California First Amendment Coalition and co-founder of Californians Aware (CalAware). He was a chemistry professor at Pasadena City College, not a…

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Compensation survey: Submit data to get data

The Inland Press Association has streamlined its Newspaper Industry Compensation Survey to eliminate newspaper industry job titles that are no longer relevant, making for a more user-friendly survey. NICS’ primary mission is to illuminate how a newspaper’s compensation compares with peers along a range of industry-specific positions. It is recognized as the most complete and…

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Free stuff: High school JCamp

Know a high school journalist seeking a summer workshop? The Asian American Journalists Association’s expenses-paid camp is open to all high school journalists. JCamp, July 27-Aug. 1 in Atlanta, is a six-day intensive, multicultural journalism training program for high school students. Students learn from professional journalists and get hands-on training in writing, reporting, photography, television…

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30-plus newsrooms collaborate on law-enforcement records requests

More than 30 California newsrooms are sharing their findings after they request records from law-enforcement agencies around the state. Dubbed the California Reporting Project, it aims to push law enforcement agencies to comply with California’s landmark police transparency law passed last year, Senate Bill 1421. “All Californians have the right to this information,” McClatchy Regional…

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No libel by Press Democrat, judges say

Three appellate-court justices last week ruled that a lawsuit over articles published by The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa did not prove that the coverage defamed the plaintiffs, the newspaper reports..The series of articles, which described city council campaign spending, dealt with matters of widespread public interest and cannot be construed as dealing with private…

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