Board 041620

Last week, in its first-ever Zoom board meeting, the CNPA Board of Directors announced its officer changes and covered a packed agenda.

The board announced that Chuck Champion had resigned as CNPA board president and had become interim executive director. As a result, Simon Grieve has assumed the role of president, Erik Cushman has become president-elect, and Emily Charrier has stepped up to the role of secretary-treasurer.

CNPA staff will work on a potential freelancer class of membership to CNPA and enhance efforts to bring in more and diverse news members to better reflect the industry as a whole.

Additionally, the board was updated on the month-end and year-end financials for CNPA. The board also approved the operating budget for the coming year. While COVID-19 is battering the economy and newspapers, CNPA is working hard to replace advertising revenues and is preparing to face potential financial challenges.

The cancellation of the California Journalism Awards Gala in Long Beach was also discussed along with plans for a magazine to replace the awards ceremony. Directors also reported on progress made toward the CNPA Strategic Plan and the development of new and more diverse board membership.

Finally, the Governmental Affairs portion highlighted CNPA’s persistent efforts to achieve economic relief for its industry. Recently, CNPA sent a letter to the governor and leaders in the Legislature requesting streamlined access to the funds being made available to businesses, advertising placements in newspapers, sales tax relief, an extension of the exemption or permanent exemption from AB 5, and tax credits for newspaper subscribers and advertisers.

The board approved membership applications for the Paso Robles Daily News and Cuesta College-The Cuestonian.