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  • Important CNPA vote on Jan. 28
    CNPA Active Members will vote Jan. 28 on proposed amendments to the CNPA bylaws along with the annual election of CNPA officers and directors. The CNPA Board of Directors at its Fall Quarterly …
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  • Six days to CNPA contest deadline
    With the deadline fast approaching, it’s time to gather your best work from 2019 for the California Journalism Awards. Deadline for entries is 9 p.m. next Monday, Jan. 20. Entry packages for the …
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  • Shop talk with vendors at Capital Conference
    The “Bloody Marys and Better Margins” segment that starts Day 3 of the CNPA Capital Conference aims to include CNPA Allied Members in the discussion. If you have not booked your spot for CapCon, Jan. …
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  • Internship grants confirmed for four
    Four students have been confirmed for California Press Foundation internship grants in 2020. The students, who demonstrated an exceptional interest in pursuing careers in the news business in …
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  • Brittney Barsotti is CNPA’s new attorney
    Brittney Barsotti
    Brittney Barsotti joins the CNPA staff this week as staff attorney. Brittney Barsotti Prior to law school, Barsotti obtained a degree in journalism at San Francisco State University, where she …
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  • And on the third day … great ideas
    The CNPA Capitol Conference, Jan. 28-29 at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento, starts its third day with a re-pop of the now-traditional exchange of great ideas. Last year’s “Hot Ideas and Cold …
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  • In Downieville, a local comes through
    Don Russell
    Don Russell did everything to conjure up a buyer for Sierra County’s Mountain Messenger. Don Russell He ran ads in his state press association newsletter (yes, this very one). He shopped the paper to …
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  • NewsTrain March 27-28: Free Stylebooks!
    The first 25 to register for NewsTrain, March 27-28 at Fresno State, will get a free online AP Stylebook courtesy of sponsor Associated Press. Register for $75 until Feb. 27; the rate increases to …
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  • January includes important vote for members
    CNPA Active Members will vote Jan. 28 on proposed amendments to the CNPA bylaws along with the annual election of CNPA officers and directors. The CNPA Board of Directors at its Oct. 24 Quarterly …
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  • Three nominees to CNPA Board
    Norb Garrett
    On its 2020 election slate, the CNPA Board has three new director nominees: Norb Garrett, publisher, Picket Fence Media; Julie Makinen, executive editor, The Desert Sun, Palm Springs; and Steve …
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  • Contest reminder: Wait not until Jan. 20
    Start the new year off with this resolution: Don’t wait until the last minute to enter the California Journalism awards. Deadline for uploading your best work from 2019 is Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. …
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  • ‘Puzzle King’ Myles Mellor got his start in Sonoma
    Myles Mellor
    “Today, Myles Mellor’s puzzles are syndicated in nearly 120 newspapers, and appear in more than 600 magazines,” a Sonoma Index-Tribune profile says. Myles Mellor “He writes custom puzzles on a wide …
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  • U.S. spending bill has pension relief
    Included in the $1.4 trillion U.S. spending bill signed last week is the Save the Community Newspaper Act, which allows at least a dozen community newspapers in the U.S. to defer some of the …
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  • Flexible fellowship: Apply by Jan. 17
    Is there a journalism challenge you or your newsroom has wanted to tackle, but haven’t had the time or resources to focus on the idea? Could the project benefit the industry as a whole in some way …
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  • The Last Word? Don’t get too chummy
    “You might say, ‘Congressman,’ and he’ll say, ‘Oh, call me Tom.’ Don’t call him Tom. He’s a congressman.” — David Lightman, political reporter, in “Covering Congress from Afar: Capitol Hill Can …
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  • Why wait to enter CNPA contests?
    The deadline for California Journalism Award entries is still a month away, but don’t wait until the last minute to start uploading your best work from 2019 to the contest website. Deadline for …
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  • Larchmont Chronicle is applicant
    The Larchmont Chronicle, a monthly tabloid serving Hancock Park and several other historic neighborhoods in Los Angeles, has applied for CNPA membership. Founded in 1963, The Chronicle circulates …
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  • View Cal Press highlights
    Highlights and honors from the California Press Foundation’s 142nd Annual Winter Meeting on Dec. 5-6 are on view in the gallery. Please keep the worthy projects of Cal Press in your giving lens this …
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  • Holiday schedule next week
    The CNPA offices will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and will reopen Monday morning, Jan. 6. Please have happy holidays and a prosperous New Year.…
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  • Mountain Echo to close
    Mountain Echo
    The weekly Mountain Echo in Fall River Mills, Shasta County, will cease publication with its final 2019 edition, Editor and Co-Publisher Walt Caldwell told readers on Dec. 3. The Echo was founded in …
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  • Free stuff: A column from the governor
    A quarterly column produced by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office is being offered for publication to members of organizations including California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services, a news release said. …
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  • Tim Shoffeitt promoted as Toebe Bush retires
    Tim Shoffeitt
    Tim Shoffeitt adds oversight of four Century Group Newspapers as Toebe Bush retires this week as president and CEO, the Fontana Herald News reports. Tim Shoffeitt Bush, 68, a member of the CNPA Board …
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  • Who’s first to enter CNPA contests?
    What do El Paisano at Rio Hondo College and the Mount Shasta Herald have in common? They are both first out of the gate with entries in the 2019 California Journalism Awards in the Campus and Print …
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  • Mountain Views News is CNPA applicant
    Mountain Views News in Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County, is a Print applicant for CNPA membership. Susan Henderson is publisher and editor of the Saturday weekly, which was founded in 2007. “The …
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  • San Mateo Daily Journal is CNPA applicant
    San Mateo Daily Journal has applied for CNPA Print membership. Jerry Lee is publisher of the six-day daily, founded in 2000. “It is the mission of the Daily Journal to be the most accurate, fair and …
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  • Courthouse News Service is Digital applicant
    Courthouse News Service has applied for Digital membership in CNPA. Bill Girdner is publisher of the Pasadena-based company, which produces news for lawyers and the news media. It was founded in …
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  • Survey aims to help identify the safety needs of journalists covering the 2020 elections
    Rallies, campaign events, protests: They are all part of the election beat, and they are also potential flashpoints for the journalists covering them. During elections, journalists are at increased …
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  • Reporting fellowship at Marquette
    The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism is accepting applications through Jan. 20 and will select three to five journalists to complete in-depth projects during their time at Marquette …
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  • Cliff Chandler to publisher in Bakersfield
    Cliff Chandler is now publisher of The Bakersfield Californian, the newspaper reports. He also will oversee the Tehachapi News, The Record serving Delano and McFarland, Kern Business Journal, The …
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  • ‘Cybersecurity’
    Over 90% of breaches are caused by human error. That is why it is critical to build cybersecurity awareness at your organization. This presentation is an introduction to cybersecurity and a focus on …
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  • Statewide collaboration is Free Speech & Open Government honoree
    The California Reporting Project will receive this year’s Free Speech & Open Government Award, the First Amendment Coalition has announced. The statewide campaign to bring to light records of …
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  • James Chadwick is 2019 Jack Bates Award recipient
    James Chadwick
    James Chadwick, an attorney who has made a career of successfully representing California newspapers seeking to wrest information from tight-fisted government agencies, is this year’s Jack Bates …
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  • Eighteen newsrooms to host reporter corps
    Eighteen California newsrooms will be hosts for 2020 Report for America corps members, the nonprofit announced. In all, Report for America will place 250 journalists into 164 newsrooms in 46 states …
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  • Give a little, do a lot…
    2019 Support Flyer
    Today is Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) The California Press Foundation will gladly accept your donations today and turn them into direct support for student media across California. View annual …
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  • Last call for Cal Press Winter Meeting
    On Thursday, when you’ve gobbled dessert and are flipping drowsily through the Black Friday circulars, pay heed to this deadline. Thursday night is the final moment to reserve your spot at the …
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  • Merger adds to Gannett family
    With New Media Investment Group’s acquisition of Gannett, several GateHouse Media companies in California join the new Gannett. They include The Record in Stockton, Daily Press in Victorville, Daily …
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  • McClatchy to cut Saturday print in 2020
    McClatchy-owned newspapers will eliminate their Saturday editions by the end of 2020 and augment their Friday and Sunday print content. In a message to readers of The Sacramento Bee, Gary Wortel, …
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  • Martinez paper to close
    The Martinez News-Gazette will go out of print at year-end, The Mercury News reports. It was founded in 1858 and claimed to be Contra Costa County’s oldest newspaper. “This was a thriving daily paper …
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  • Steve Falk is Cal Press’ Dec. 5 keynoter
    Steve Falk
    Steve Falk, a CNPA director and CEO of Sonoma Media Investments LLC, will present the dinner keynote message at the California Press Association’s 142nd Annual Winter Meeting in San Francisco. Steve …
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  • Two months to CNPA contest deadline
    California Journalism Awards 600x396
    The contest entry system for the 2019 California Journalism Awards is now open. Entry packages with rules, categories and instructions for uploading your best work from 2019 are available online for …
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  • Take time out for a survey?
    Kevin Slimp
    Kevin Slimp, a news-industry consultant and speaker, is conducting a survey of North American newspapers concerning digital/online publishing. He is asking newspapers of all types and sizes to take a …
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  • Davis Taylor adds Central Coast oversight for Lee
    Davis Taylor
    Davis Taylor, group publisher for Lee Central California Newspapers and Napa Valley Publishing, adds oversight of Lee Central Coast Newspapers, the Santa Maria Times reports. Davis Taylor Taylor has …
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  • Free stuff: First Amendment panel Dec. 5
    The First Amendment Coalition has confirmed the panel for its public forum on Dec. 5 in San Francisco. The discussion, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, precedes the California Press Foundation’s …
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  • And then, the Irish Newsboys…
    Irish Newsboys
    The Irish Newsboys, a tuneful clan featuring local scribes and local rock legends, return Dec. 5 for a third year to the Cal Press Winter Meeting. They will entertain during the no-host social hour …
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  • Got award-winners? Get to entering
    Entry packages for the 2019 California Journalism Awards are in the mail and should arrive at CNPA-member offices this week. The rules and categories for this year’s contests are also available …
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  • Providence Publications is applicant
    Providence Publications, the Granite Bay-based publisher of Workers’ Comp Executive, Cal-OSHA Reporter and other niche publications, has applied for CNPA membership. J. Dale Debber is publisher of …
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  • Official notice of CNPA board slate
    In accordance with Article VI, Section 4. of the CNPA Bylaws, the following report of the Nominating Committee, headed by 2019/20 Secretary-Treasurer Simon Grieve, is submitted to all Active Members …
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  • Sinead Steele, Rick Rogers promoted at TownNews
    Sinead Steele 1
    TownNews, a CNPA Allied Member, has appointed Sinead Steele to vice president of operations, a new position; and Rick Rogers to chief revenue officer. Sinead Steele Rick Rogers “These changes are …
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  • San Francisco Examiner editor: Membership is working
    Local News Made Locally
    When I joined the San Francisco Media Company as the editor-in-chief in late 2018, one of the first things the managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner suggested was starting a program that …
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  • Mariposa Gazette, Yosemite Valley School partner for Eye
    Mariposa Gazette Yosemite Valley School
    At Yosemite Valley School, a tiny K-8 campus that serves families inside Yosemite National Park, young students are producing their own eight-page newspaper with the help of the weekly Mariposa …
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