“Newspapers at a Turning Point,” last Thursday’s CNPA-Member webinar, drew 48 registrants.
Subtitled “Coping with Two Realities: Pandemic and Economic,” the roundtable featured Sandy Close, founder of San Francisco-based Ethnic Media Services; Matthew Hall, opinion editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune; and Julie Makinen, executive editor of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs.
CNPA’s Joe Wirt was the moderator, assisted by Hud Englehart, a CNPA consultant.
The panelists offered perspectives on how their news organizations are working to provide information to communities while their own people and bottom lines are impacted. Their comments were candid, and the hourlong gathering gave them time to offer thoughtful responses.
An example: Matt Hall, who is also an officer with the national Society for Professional Journalists, offered that news companies and organizations seeking fiscal support, whether loans or grants, should prepare to explain to readers and customers the mission and ethics of their own newsrooms. (Click to view clip.)
Makinen described the continuing challenge in overseeing Gannett’s western newsrooms, while Close explained the unique challenges of her organization’s micro-publishers.
More CNPA-Member webinars are in the works. Watch your email for details.