CNPA Bulletin

Sign up for the Bulletin

Get CNPA news emailed every Tuesday afternoon.

  • Carrier exemption moved to governor
    The State Assembly early last Saturday passed AB 170, which would provide a one-year extension to comply with a new landmark labor measure, AB5, USA Today reported. “The newspaper industry will …
    Read more ...
  • Free stuff: Health column covers e-cigarettes
    The latest Rural Health News Service “Thinking About Health” column is “E-cigarettes May Be Leading to Lung Disease Epidemic.” The twice-monthly columns, free for publication …
    Read more ...
  • Fellowship: Criminal-justice reporting
    The National Press Foundation seeks applicants for an all-expenses-paid fellowship for journalists to enhance skills, increase knowledge and recharge their reporting on criminal justice. The program …
    Read more ...
  • L.A. Press Freedom Week is now
    L.A. Press Freedom Week continues through Thursday. The Los Angeles Times is a co-presenter, along with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, of this multi-day celebration of press freedom and the …
    Read more ...
  • Rachael Garcia to editor at Record Gazette
    Rachael Garcia 1
    Rachael Garcia in August began as editor of Century Group Newspapers’ Record Gazette in Banning. Rachael Garcia Garcia recently served as associate editor of the Duncan McIntosh Company, Inc. …
    Read more ...
  • Hector Hernandez Jr. is editor at Highland Community News
    Hector Hernandez Jr
    Hector Hernandez Jr. is now editor of Century Group Newspapers’ Highland Community News. Hector Hernandez Jr. Hernandez, an Azusa Pacific University alum, had been a reporter for the Highland …
    Read more ...
  • AB 5: The effort continues
    This Tuesday afternoon, the CNPA push continues to convince the state legislature to protect the independent contractor status of newspaper carriers. An exemption for freelancers has already been …
    Read more ...
  • National Newspaper Week is Oct. 6-12
    NNW Logo 1
    National Newspaper Week 2019 will be observed Oct. 6-12. The 79th annual celebration marks the impact of newspapers in their communities. This year’s theme is “Think F1rst – Know …
    Read more ...
  • Tri-County Sentry is CNPA applicant
    Tri-County Sentry has applied for membership in CNPA. Lisa Grace-Kellogg is publisher of the Oxnard-based Sentry, which was founded in 1978. The weekly broadsheet is billed as “The …
    Read more ...
  • Whitney Prout departs CNPA; Helpline is open
    CNPA Legal Counsel Whitney Prout has left the association to become an associate at the law firm of Gordon and Rees in Sacramento where she will have a real-property practice. Prout was with CNPA for …
    Read more ...
  • Diversity survey results released
    NLA Logo
    Journalists of color make up nearly a third of the full-time workforce among online-only news organizations, according to data collected in the 2019 ASNE Newsroom Diversity Survey. The survey …
    Read more ...
  • Heads up: Reporter, grant, workshop
    Report For America Logo
    Here are three opportunities to enhance your staff’s skills and your newsroom’s reach. 1. Report for America seeks applications for news organizations to host a corps member. Any type of …
    Read more ...
  • Action Item: Tell readers about AB 5
    CNPA offers a choice of two op-eds to consider regarding Assembly Bill 5, which could, if passed, end the home delivery of some newspapers in California. Staff requests that you consider publishing …
    Read more ...
  • Mike Blinder acquires E&P from McIntosh
    E P Logo
    Media consultant Mike Blinder plans to publish Editor & Publisher, a CNPA Allied Member, under a new company called The Curated Experiences Group, E&P reports in a news release. The sale closed Aug. …
    Read more ...
  • The Last Word? Rolling with the punches…
    “It’s really kind of sad that at a time when the threat to information and democracy is at its highest … that that’s the time when we have a smaller staff. That’s not …
    Read more ...
  • Steve Hunt, 64
    Steve Hunt
    A memorial service will be held Sept. 17 in Upland for Steve Hunt, president, publisher and editor of GateHouse Media’s Daily Press in Victorville, five weekly publications and their websites. …
    Read more ...
  • Janet Armantrout, 77
    Janet Armantrout, editor of The Independent in Livermore for more than 30 years, died Aug. 24, 2019, of complications related to Lou Gehrig’s disease, the newspaper reported. She was 77. …
    Read more ...
  • Paul Whitefield, 66
    Paul Whitefield, a former editor who helped to produce many important stories and sections at the Los Angeles Times, died Aug. 14, 2019, after a five-year battle with esophageal cancer, The Times …
    Read more ...
  • Action items and opportunities …
    CNPA General Counsel Jim Ewert has contacted key people at your shops this week with an alert regarding AB 5. Please help Jim to help you. Meantime, here are three opportunities to enhance your …
    Read more ...
  • Let’s go far … together
    Paulette Brown Hinds From The President
    From the Summer issue of California Publisher “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I have been thinking quite a bit about the meaning of this proverb as …
    Read more ...
  • Two McClatchy papers to cut frequency
    The Modesto Bee and The Tribune in San Luis Obispo will convert their Saturday and Sunday products to a single weekend edition starting in November, Publisher Tim Ritchey said in a note to readers. …
    Read more ...
  • Moves elsewhere…
    Kim Fowler moves from publisher of the Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City to general manager of GateHouse Media’s Ames (Iowa) Tribune. … Belinda Mills, former publisher of the …
    Read more ...
  • Cal Press wants to fund your intern
    Owen Yancher
    News editors and publishers with an interest in grant-funded interns in 2020: The application deadline is Nov. 22 for the California Press Foundation’s internship grants program. The program …
    Read more ...
  • WEHOville is Digital News applicant
    West Hollywood-based WEHOville has applied to be a Digital News Member of CNPA. Hank Scott is publisher of the company, which was founded in 2012. “WEHOville has two primary goals,” its …
    Read more ...
  • Free stuff: Digital safety kit
    The Committee to Protect Journalists has released a revised digital safety kit for journalists. The brief informational outline shares practical advice to help journalists navigate digital threats …
    Read more ...
  • Steven Nixon to NAM president
    Steven Nixon
    Steven R. Nixon, executive director of the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association, was elected president of Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) during the group’s 96th annual summer …
    Read more ...
  • ‘The Community’s Perception(s): State of U.S. Print Weekly Newspapering in the 21st Century’
    Christina Smith plans to engage with the audience on two major discussion points concerning community newspapers. First, she will briefly discuss one of her current research projects that explores …
    Read more ...
  • Chino’s champion
    Allen McCombs And Will Fleet
    Own and operate newspapers for 60 years and you’ll earn a reputation.Stick around until you’re 90 and the recognition will keep finding its way to you. All you’ve got to do then is …
    Read more ...
  • GateHouse, Gannett set to merge
    GateHouse Media owner New Media Investment Group will acquire The Gannett Co. for a combination of cash and stock. The deal is worth around $1.38 billion and is partly financed with new …
    Read more ...
  • The Union Democrat sold
    Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers in July acquired The Union Democrat in Sonora, Tuolumne County, the newspaper reported. The new owner is one of several companies with different investors that …
    Read more ...
  • Southland Publishing sold
    Arizona-based Times Media Group has acquired Southland Publishing, publisher of former CNPA Members L.A. Downtown News, Pasadena Weekly, The Argonaut, VC Reporter and San Diego City Beat, according …
    Read more ...
  • Want more classified insights?
    You might have missed Janet DeGeorge’s “Classified Rescue” webinar hosted by Online Media Campus and offered FREE June 6 thanks to the California Press Foundation. To view the …
    Read more ...
  • Peggy Pietrowicz is Sonora publisher
    Peggy Pietrowicz
    Peggy Pietrowicz is now publisher of The Union Democrat in Sonora, the just-sold newspaper reports. Peggy Pietrowicz Pietrowicz, advertising director since early 2018, first joined the newspaper in …
    Read more ...
  • Jennifer Upshaw Swartz to managing editor at Marin Independent Journal
    MIJ L JSWARTZ 0716
    Jennifer Upshaw Swartz is now managing editor of MediaNews Group’s Marin Independent Journal in San Rafael, the newspaper reported. Jennifer Upshaw Swartz Swartz, a University of Oregon and …
    Read more ...
  • California Publisher: In print (and digital) since back in 1922
    California Publisher Spring 2019
    With work commencing on production of the Summer issue of California Publisher, we thought it timely to remind members of the quarterly’s digital edition. If you’re a newer reader, you …
    Read more ...
  • Judge orders Bryan Carmody warrant unsealed
    Superior Court Judge Rochelle East on July 18 quashed a warrant issued March 1 that targeted freelance videographer Bryan Carmody’s cellphone data. The judge said the San Francisco Police …
    Read more ...
  • Melissa Diaz Hernandez to editor in Idyllwild
    Melissa Diaz Hernandez
    Melissa Diaz Hernandez is the new editor of the Idyllwild Town Crier, Co-Publisher Becky Clark reports. The new editor is a former editor at the Valley Chronicle in Hemet. Melissa Diaz Hernandez …
    Read more ...
  • Larry Wakefield, 82
    Larry Wakefield, former general manager of The Record Searchlight in Redding, died July 11, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, the newspaper reported. He was 82. Wakefield joined the newspaper in 1980 as …
    Read more ...
  • Stephen Laxineta
    Stephen Laxineta, 2002 CNPA President, died July 19, 2019. Laxineta was the former president and CEO of The Beach Reporter in Manhattan Beach. “While Steve was a valued colleague, business …
    Read more ...
  • Vanessa Henderson is new executive assistant, events director
    Vanessa Henderson
    Vanessa Henderson has joined the CNPA Services Inc. team as Executive Assistant and Director of Events. Vanessa Henderson Henderson, a California State University, Sacramento alum, earned her …
    Read more ...
  • Please help us to honor a top executive
    Tim Gallagher
    A message from Tim Gallagher, chair of the California Press Foundation’s Justus F. Craemer Newspaper Executive of the Year Award Committee. Dear publishers and friends of CNPA: I know you care. …
    Read more ...
  • CWCMA, NICE members OK merger as Great Western Audience Alliance
    CWCMA Logo
    Cal Western Circulation Managers Association (CWCMA) and Northwest International Circulation Executives (NICE), two longstanding trade organizations with members in media companies in 11 western …
    Read more ...
  • The Last Word? Rattled in Ridgecrest
    “We’re not putting anything back on the walls” yet. — Jessica Weston, city editor, The Daily Independent in Ridgecrest, talking to CNN Business after two large earthquakes …
    Read more ...
  • CNPA Board sees proposed bylaw revisions
    CNPA logo
    At its June 27 Quarterly Meeting, the CNPA Board of Directors gave a first look at proposed revisions to the organization’s bylaws that would permit Digital News Members to have full …
    Read more ...
  • Country Media buys Del Norte Triplicate
    The twice-weekly Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City now is part of Country Media, a Salem (OR)-based group of 15 non-daily newspapers and associated digital media in four states, The Triplicate …
    Read more ...
  • Register-Pajaronian sold
    Rochelle (IL)-based News Media Corp. has sold the weekly Register-Pajaronian in Santa Cruz County, the newspaper reports, to Good Times in Santa Cruz. Terms were not disclosed. “We were pleased …
    Read more ...
  • Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Inland Press Association to merge
    The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and Inland Press Association will merge in October. SNPA Executive Director Edward VanHorn writes: “Our united goal was to develop a new …
    Read more ...
  • Bill aims to fund journalists’ memorial
    Just prior to the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to establish a permanent memorial to …
    Read more ...
  • Marge Apperson, 90
    Marge Apperson
    Marge Apperson, former editor-publisher of Southern Siskiyou Newspapers and a former CNPA director, died June 28, 2019, in hospice in Yreka after a short illness. She was 90. Marge and then-husband …
    Read more ...
  • Patiently seeking the right buyers
    Becky And Jack Clark
    In which it is documented how the townspeople of Idyllwild stepped up with membership support, and it came to pass that the Town Crier’s owners sought the next stewards for a still-going …
    Read more ...