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Last call for Cal Press Winter Meeting

On Thursday, when you’ve gobbled dessert and are flipping drowsily through the Black Friday circulars, pay heed to this deadline. Thursday night is the final moment to reserve your spot at the California Press Foundation’s 142nd Annual Winter Meeting, coming up next Thursday and Friday in San Francisco.

The Cal Press event, at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel, begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 with a free informational session co-produced by the First Amendment Coalition: “California vs. the First Amendment.”

Panelists will be:

  • Vickie Baranetsky, general counsel, Center for Investigative Reporting;
  • Audrey Cooper, editor in chief, San Francisco Chronicle;
  • Jim Ewert, CNPA general counsel; and
  • Noah Griffin, columnist

Moderator: David Snyder, executive director, First Amendment Coalition

At 5:30 is a no-host reception and music by the Irish Newsboys.

The Awards Banquet Dinner at 6:30 will feature the presentation of the Justus F. Craemer Newspaper Executive of the Year award to Caroline Titus, publisher of the Ferndale Enterprise; the First Amendment Coalition Free Speech and Open Government Award; and the Jack Bates Award.

At 8 p.m. Sonoma Media Investments CEO Steve Falk will share how his company does award-winning journalism with local ownership.

Friday, Dec. 6 includes the CNPA Past Presidents Meeting at 9 a.m. and the Cal Press Board of Directors meeting at 10.

A no-host reception is at 11:30, followed by the Awards Luncheon at noon. It features the presentation of the Philip N. McCombs Achievement Award (to Marty Weybret, former publisher, Lodi News-Sentinel); Mark Twain Award for Journalism Excellence (to the late Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times); and inductions to the California Newspaper Hall of Fame (Almena Lomax, Los Angeles Tribune; and 1930 CNPA President Ford A. Chatters, Lindsay Gazette).

At 1 p.m., a panel will discuss “Ag in California’s Heartland: Who’s Telling the Stories?”

Panelists will be:

  • Joe Del Bosque, head of a Firebaugh-based farming company
  • Tim Hearden, Redding-based editor of Western Farm Press
  • Ryan Jacobsen, head of the Fresno County Farm Bureau
  • Kaitlin Washburn, ag reporter at The Sun-Gazette in Exeter and a Report for America corps member

Moderator: Jim Boren, executive director, Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust; and former executive editor, The Fresno Bee.

Registration rates are:

  • Full conference registration: $225/person
  • A la carte dinner registration: $150/person
  • A la carte lunch registration: $110/person

The Thursday afternoon FAC presentation is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.

Register now

Questions? Vanessa Henderson, 916-288-6017.

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