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  • 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 …
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  • 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. …
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  • CWCMA, NICE members OK merger as Great Western Audience Alliance
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    Cal Western Circulation Managers Association (CWCMA) and Northwest International Circulation Executives (NICE), two longstanding trade organizations with members in media companies in 11 western …
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  • 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 …
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  • ‘10 Tips to Rock Your Next Video Story’
    Video is a part of our digital storytelling toolbox that will continue to grow over the next five years. Mobile phones make it easy to shoot and share our video stories. In this session, Val Hoeppner …
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  • CNPA Board sees proposed bylaw revisions
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    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 …
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  • 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 …
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  • 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 …
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  • 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 …
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  • 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 …
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  • 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 …
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  • 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 …
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  • What will change (and won’t)
    Robert Price
    Along with acknowledging the Alfred Harrell family’s 122-year support for a Bakersfield institution, The Bakersfield Californian’s senior editor and columnist, Robert Price, shares with …
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  • Apply by Aug. 23 for data fellowship
    The USC Center for Health Journalism’s Data Fellowship is designed for skilled journalists who want to learn to mine data sources to reveal key insights essential to high-impact journalism. The …
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  • Three benefits for you and your crew
    1. Relevant, time-saving webinars are available at no cost to your team, if you choose to inform them of the availability. Details appear in each week’s CNPA Bulletin, or visit Online Media …
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  • What local news means to Mark DeSaulnier
    The working group also is pushing the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, the antitrust “safe harbor” act described here last week. The Columbia Journalism Review explains why …
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  • Judge orders halt to national subscription scam
    A federal judge in Oregon last week ordered individuals and companies to pay $8.9 million to the Federal Trade Commission and demanded they halt sending fraudulent invoices that aimed to secure …
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  • Restitution for man who hacked Palo Alto Online
    A 36-year-old man has been sentenced in San Jose federal court to time already served, one year of home incarceration with electronic monitoring, three years of supervised release and $27,130 in …
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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 …
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  • Honors for The Independent, publisher Joan Seppala
    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 …
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  • Rob Galloway adds oversight
    Rob Galloway
    Rob Galloway became general manager of Swift Communications; Sierra Nevada Media Group. last week, the Nevada Appeal reports. Rob Galloway Galloway, publisher of the Tahoe Tribune in South Lake Tahoe …
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  • Don Blount is GateHouse regional editor
    Don Blount
    GateHouse Media has named Don Blount, editor of The Record in Stockton, as California editor, The Record reports. Don Blount Blount has been editor since 2017 and previously was managing editor. …
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  • Sandy Schwartz, 83
    H.L. “Sandy” Schwartz, an Associated Press reporter who co-authored an exclusive story linking Richard Nixon’s re-election committee to the Watergate break-in, died June 11, 2019, …
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  • Safe havens/antitrust: Today in Washington, D.C.
    Journalism Competition And Preservation Act Fact Sheet
    View fact sheet “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 …
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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. …
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  • Panel, video push preservation bill
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    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 …
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  • Bakersfield, Tehachapi papers sold
    TBC Media
    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 …
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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. …
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  • Dan Barnett, 83
    Dan Barnett
    Dan Barnett, a former owner and publisher of the Amador Dispatch, died May 28, 2019, the Ledger Dispatch reports. He was 83. Barnett began as editor of The Dispatch in 1964 and acquired ownership of …
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  • Stanford Daily is CNPA applicant
    The Stanford Daily has applied for Campus membership in CNPA. Regan Pecjak is CFO of The Daily, which publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year. The Daily “strives to serve the …
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  • California Journalism Awards shipped
    Plaques and certificates were mailed and shipped earlier this month to winners of the 2018 California Journalism Awards. CJA plaques are awarded to newspapers who placed first and second in the …
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  • Kristin Roberts to Vice President/News at McClatchy
    Kristin Roberts
    Kristin Roberts Kristin Roberts began this week as vice president of News for Sacramento-based McClatchy, The Sacramento Bee reports. Roberts had been one of four regional editors and will continue …
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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 …
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  • Michael Ellis Langley leaves Tracy Press
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    Michael Ellis Langley “Michael came to us with no experience in newspapers, but a wealth of local news management experience in TV and radio,” Publisher Will Fleet said of the Tracy …
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  • Robert Sterling retiring at Marin Independent Journal
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    Robert Sterling Robert Sterling, top editor since 2013 at the Marin Independent Journal, retires this week. He joined The I-J staff in 2000. “I’ve been willing to be lucky, and that has …
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  • ‘Conquer Your Inbox, Boost Your Sales!’
    Did you know that 174 work hours per year are LOST by media sales reps who poorly manage their email inbox? Ryan Dohrn, a 25-year media sales veteran, has interviewed over 500 high performing …
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  • CNPA at your service
    Advertising has a crucial role in its mission Congratulations, owner, publisher, general manager or department head. You are privileged to oversee all or part of an organization that exists to inform …
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  • Moves elsewhere …
    Paul Mauney, a former publisher of the Porterville Recorder, becomes general manager of The Greenville (Tenn.) Sun and chief revenue officer for Adams Publishing Group’s Tennessee/North …
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  • Holiday hours Monday
    The CNPA offices will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Back to it first thing Tuesday.…
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  • Equipment grants go to 7 campuses
    California Press Foundation
    Seven California campus media programs will receive grants from the California Press Foundation to improve their production hardware and software. A total of $9,512 will be distributed beginning this …
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  • Grateful crowd honors legal eagles
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    Dan Laidman, far right, with presenter Jeff Glasser, left, and fellow honorees Nikki Moore and Jim Ewert. (Photo by Carlos Delgado) Dan Laidman, a former journalist, received the 2019 CNPA Freedom of …
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  • Gala: Seen the visuals?
    Were you at the Gala? Or couldn’t make it to Long Beach? You are invited to view three galleries of Gala photos, captured by Carlos Delgado Photography: Gala GeneralRed CarpetPhoto Booth…
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  • Awards listed
    If you missed last week’s awards announcement, you can view all the winners, plus judges’ comments and links to work, here.…
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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 …
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  • Art Kunkin, 91
    Art Kunkin, founder and editor of the old Los Angeles Free Press, died April 30, 2019, in Joshua Tree, The Desert Sun in Palm Springs reports. He was 91. Kunkin, who edited the first and largest …
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  • Gentlemen of the Gala
    CJA Dean Eckenroth Chuck Champion
    2015 CNPA President Dean Eckenroth, left, and President-Elect Chuck Champion at the 2019 California Journalism Awards Gala in Long Beach on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (Photo by Carlos Delgado) Black tie …
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  • Bob Aguilar, 74
    Robert Aguilar, a former advertising executive at several California newspapers, died May 1, 2019, in Lumberton, Texas, the San Angelo Standard-Times reports. He was 74. Aguilar was advertising …
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  • Award winners to be named Saturday
    California Journalism Awards Gala
    Final preparations are underway for the California Journalism Awards Gala, set for this Saturday evening, May 4 at The Westin Long Beach. The Gala, from 6 to 10:30 p.m., is sold out. At the event, …
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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 …
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  • The Voice shall not be silenced
    “Every time you try to censor the press, the district always has to learn the hard way. When you try to silence our voice, all it does is make our voice louder.”— Kathi Duffel, Bear …
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