Paulette Brown Hinds Capital Conference 2019
New CNPA President Paulette Brown-Hinds, with now-former President Ron Hasse in background. (Photo by Jason Pierce)

The governor came by to visit.

We learned about crucial California capital issues from top explainers.

We talked shop and socialized with legislators and fellow news people.

We learned about reports on trust in news and heard the news about reinvesting in reporting.

We listened to pros talk about covering wildfires, and how the government tries to protect the state from and during disasters.

We learned about the daunting task of trying to count everyone in the next U.S. Census.

We were schooled on a statewide effort to count all the campus journalism programs, and we were led to wonder if we’re minting the right kind of news people.

There were big journalism ideas shared, and profitable revenue ideas “borrowed.”

Orchestrated by our now-new president, Paulette Brown-Hinds, it was a masterful melding of the legislative and the local.

Only in Sacramento.

More about the Capital Conference next week.

And if you were unable to attend this year’s conference, please make a note for next year: CNPA Capital Conference, Jan. 27-29, 2020, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Sacramento.