Act now to save local journalism

Local journalism is essential to the fabric of our communities. Through the power of journalism, we are able to hold the powerful accountable, connect our neighborhoods, and tell stories of our times. Local journalism brings people together and shows us what’s possible. Act now to help us save journalism.

Over the last two months, California news organizations have worked on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide information Californians rely on for a deeper understanding of the threat and to help them make well-informed decisions about their health and safety. But the industry is struggling to survive.

See CNPA’s Letter to the Governor and the new Analysis of the Financial Crisis Facing California Local, Daily Newspapers.

Newspapers are essential businesses, informing the public about coronavirus and other news, but the COVID-19 pandemic has left the newspaper industry, already financially stretched, struggling for survival.

The vital news coverage provided by our state and local news outlets is at risk due to an economic crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. There has been a significant decline of advertising in newspapers, a revenue stream that many publishers rely on heavily to operate. News publishers simply cannot survive declines of as much as 70 percent of this important revenue source.

Revenue losses caused by the pandemic coupled with increased costs for newspaper carriers are wreaking havoc on the industry.

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How can you help save local journalism? Spread awareness!

Tweet Governor Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) using the hashtag #CALeg and #SaveLocalJournalism. Sample posts are shown below.

Use the form below to add your name to the list of Californians supporting efforts to save local journalism. We will be sending out regular updates on how you can help show your support.

Support local newspapers!

Add your name to the growing list of supporters of local newspapers. The form below provides an option to include your assemblymember and senator. If you do not know who your current representatives are, you can search for them using your address.