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  • AB1506 compliance information for publishers and distributors
    Publishers and audience directors: Please check your email today for an important message from CNPA regarding distribution-reporting requirements now in effect under state law. AB1506 extends the …
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  • In Memoriam: John Adams, 46
    John Adams, a former senior deputy online editor at the Los Angeles Times, and known as a champion of digital storytelling, died Jan. 13, 2022, in Illinois, the Arizona Republic reported. He was 46. …
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  • Heads up: Contest deadline one month out
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    Entry deadline for the California Journalism Awards contest is Feb. 21 but if you just can’t make that date a late deadline has been set for Feb. 28. Entry fees, however, will be doubled after the …
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  • Freelancers: CNPA contest deadline is approaching. Join CNPA so you can enter.
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    Freelance journalists: You have a chance to win some awards, which could raise your profile and boost your business, if you join the California News Publishers Association soon. Once you’re a …
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  • Six weeks to CNPA contest deadline
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    Entries are steadily coming in for the California Journalism Awards contest. Looks like another good year. Last year’s contest had more than 3,000 entries. Start gathering your work now so there’s no …
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  • In Memoriam: Michael Parks, 78
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    Michael Parks, former top editor at the Los Angeles Times, died Jan. 8, 2022, of kidney failure and a heart attack, The Times reported. He was 78. Parks, who received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize …
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  • In Memoriam: Russell Minick, 70
    Russell Minick, a longtime opinion writer at The Fresno Bee, died Jan. 10, 2022, after battling kidney cancer, The Bee reported. He was 70. Minick’s 23-year career included 20 years on The …
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  • Herburger Publications to be sold
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    A new company, Valley Oak Press, will acquire the newspapers, printing plant and associated assets from Galt-based Herburger Publications, Inc. Terms of the transaction, effective Jan. 1, were not …
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  • Time to gather contest entries
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    The deadline seems like a long time from now, but it’s never too early to start gathering what you might want to enter this year in the California Journalism Awards contest. Deadline for entries is 9 …
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  • Our online community: Come on in…
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    The “listserv” potential of CNPA’s closed-circuit gathering place is a key early benefit for those who have entered the portal. Asking questions of fellow members … and …
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  • In Memoriam: Lee Bollinger, 96
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    Lee Bollinger, who spent most of his 50-year career as an executive at The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, died Oct. 8, 2021, the newspaper reported. He was 96. During Bollinger’s time as the …
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  • Know about: Legal Helpline for CNPA Members
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      CNPA’s legal Helpline can help your news company with answers regarding news gathering and the law. The most-common questions involve Public Records Act requests, local government …
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  • Share CNPA opportunity with your freelancers
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      Publishers and editors: Please consider sharing this opportunity with your freelance pool. You may download a one-sheet to accompany your message. Here is the suggested text: CNPA has …
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  • Our online community: Come on in…
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      Those who have accepted the invitation to our closed-circuit gathering place are saying hello to old and new peers and finding their way to special rooms set up just for them. As our members …
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  • Still believe in advertising? At CNPA, we do, too…
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      CNPA Advertising Services is your strategic partner for delivering local engagement on a statewide or national scale. Through our 3,500+ publishers and partners, we have deep relationships …
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  • North Coast Journal Inc. acquires Ferndale Enterprise
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    North Coast Journal Inc. has acquired the Ferndale Enterprise, The Times-Standard in Eureka reports. Terms were not disclosed. The sale is effective Oct. 1. “After putting to bed more than 1,300 …
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  • Share CNPA opportunity with your freelancers
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    Publishers and editors: Please consider sharing this opportunity with your freelance pool. You may download a one-sheet to accompany your message. CNPA has freelancers’ backs If you are a …
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  • In Memoriam: Ed King, 85
    Edward Joseph King, a former editor at several California newspapers, died September 8, 2021, in Bakersfield, The Bakersfield Californian’s obituary said. He was 85. King closed out his career …
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  • In Memoriam: Ethyl Nakutin, 80
    Ethyl Nakutin, former publisher of The Signal in Santa Clarita, a former CNPA Member, died Sept. 10, 2021, The Signal reported. She was 80. Nakutin was publisher from 2001 to 2004 and had been with …
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  • Our online community: Come on in…
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    Those who have accepted the invitation to our closed-circuit gathering place are saying hello to old and new peers and finding their way to special rooms set up just for them. As our members know, …
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  • Urge freelancers to join CNPA
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    These are tough times for our industry, but that hasn’t slowed anybody down. California publications keep cranking out great stories as they cope with fewer resources and smaller staffs. For many …
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  • Our online community: Come on in…
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    Those who have accepted the invitation to our closed-circuit gathering place are saying hello to old and new peers and finding their way to special rooms set up just for them. As our members …
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  • Final plaques arriving…
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    CNPA Members have received their 1st- and 2nd-place California Journalism Awards plaques from the manufacturer. Please check your shipments for accuracy. One CNPA Member, San Quentin News, is missing …
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  • Stidham among ’50 over 50′
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    Julia Stidham, who recently became associate publisher at Swift Communications’ The Union in Grass Valley, is one of 12 news executives recognized in Editor & Publisher’s “50 …
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  • Heads up for National Newspaper Week
    National Newspaper Week will be Oct. 3-Oct. 9. New commentaries, cartoons and house ads are coming soon. Please mark the dates and consider publishing an observance or two. The 81st annual National …
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  • SF Weekly goes on print hiatus
    Clint Reilly Communications’ SF Weekly will cease printing “for the forseeable future,” Editor in Chief Carly Schwartz told the San Francisco Chronicle. The Thursday alternative …
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  • Epley joins Sacramento Bee opinion team
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    Robin Epley has joined the opinion team at The Sacramento Bee, California Opinion Editor Marcos Bretón reports. She had been editor of MediaNews Group’s Fort Bragg Advocate-News and Mendocino …
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  • Hoover report urges more remote-meeting access
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      The Little Hoover Commission released a report that urges Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature to update the state’s open meeting law — the Bagley-Keene Act — to include …
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  • Schneider becomes M.E. at Times-Standard
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    Ruth Schneider is now managing editor of MediaNews Group’s Times-Standard in Eureka. The UC Santa Cruz and Columbia University alum, city editor since 2016, has also worked at the Vallejo …
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  • CNPA’s new online community: A bit about the benefits
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    CNPA‘s new member benefit — the CNPA online community — launches in a week. Before we go live, we wanted to share some of the great ways that you can use the community to connect, collaborate …
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  • CNPA’s new online community: Invitations going out soon
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    CNPA is close to launching its new member benefit — the CNPA online community — and we’re getting ready to invite key people at CNPA-Member companies aboard. It will be a way to gather, in a …
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  • In Memoriam: Paul Nyberg, 89
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    Paul Nyberg, who co-owned the weekly Los Altos Town Crier for 26 years, died Aug. 2, 2021, after a lengthy illness, The Town Crier reports. He was 89. Paul and Liz Nyberg had owned The Town Crier …
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  • Joiner to EIC at Capital & Main
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    Lottie Joiner is the new editor in chief at Los Angeles-based Capital & Main, a CNPA Digital Member. She had been editor in chief of the NAACP’s The Crisis magazine and has written for …
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  • New membership portal coming soon
    CNPA will be offering a new, members-only benefit later this month. The ability to connect, collaborate and learn from your peers is important. To help meet this need, CNPA will launch an online …
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  • In Memoriam: Max Heath, 75
    Max Heath, the nationally respected consultant on postal regulations and strategies, died July 28, 2021, The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, KY, reported. He was 75. “Heath was a champion for …
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  • Cribb, Cope & Potts is Allied applicant
    Cribb, Cope & Potts has applied for Allied membership in CNPA. Allied Members provide goods and services to the state’s news industry. John Thomas Cribb is director of the Helena, Mont.-based …
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  • Survey on visual journalism
    CatchLight, a visual-first non-profit media organization, asks for CNPA-Member participation in a survey about the state of visual journalism in California. You can read more about CatchLight’s …
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  • In case you missed it: New public-notice website
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    CNPA has launched a new and improved design of CaPublicNotice.com in partnership with Column. “We are intent on finding ways to help CNPA members adapt to and benefit from modern technology,” …
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  • 209 Multimedia acquires Gustine/Newman papers
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    Manteca-based 209 Multimedia Corporation has acquired the Gustine Press Standard and Westside Index newspapers and related assets from Newman-based Mattos Newspapers, the Turlock Journal reports. 209 …
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  • Special projects energize staff, community
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    By Jim Pumarlo I fondly characterize newsrooms as organized chaos. That definition has aptly described operations for the past 18 months with the impact of COVID-19. The story has demanded constant …
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  • For your consideration: Survey on visual journalism
    CatchLight, a visual-first non-profit media organization, is looking to build a new collaborative resource hub for visual journalism in California, allowing small- to medium=size newsrooms to access …
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  • New public-notice site launched
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    CNPA has launched a new and improved design of CaPublicNotice.com in partnership with Column. If you have not set up your new account for participating in our CaPublic Notice website, please contact …
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  • In Memoriam: Fred Zehnder, 87
    Fred Zehnder, editor and publisher of the San Leandro Times and Castro Valley Forum, died June 27, 2021, after being struck by a pickup while walking in Alameda, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. …
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  • Destination guide for San Clemente
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    Picket Fence Media has partnered with a local digital-marketing company to create a destination site and media platform to serve visitors and residents of San Clemente. Articles and content from …
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  • In Memoriam: Raúl Camacho Sr., 84
    Raúl Camacho Sr., the founder and publisher of El Popular, a CNPA Member in Bakersfield, died June 27, 2021, at his home, El Popular reported. He was 84. Camacho founded El Popular in 1983. His son …
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  • Know about: Legal Helpline for CNPA Members
    CNPA‘s legal Helpline can help your news company with answers regarding news gathering and the law. The most-common questions involve Public Records Act requests, local government actions, …
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  • Hodel turns 100 on July 18
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    Mel Hodell, the former newspaper owner and broker, and a longtime supporter of CNPA and the California Press Foundation, turns 100 on July 18. Hodell’s career as a publisher, of weeklies in the …
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  • CNPA and Column: Public-notice site conversion is now
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    CNPA Members whose public notices are posted to CaPublicNotice.com will soon see them appear on a new public-notice platform being developed with Column. All adjudicated CNPA Members should encourage …
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  • Know about: Legal Helpline for CNPA Members
    CNPA‘s legal Helpline can help your news company with answers regarding news gathering and the law. The most-common questions involve Public Records Act requests, local government actions, …
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  • Bretón to California Opinion editor for McClatchy
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    Marcos Bretón is now California Opinion editor for McClatchy, The Sacramento Bee reports. Bretón, a San Jose State alum, has been with The Bee since 1989 as a reporter, sports columnist and news …
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