To protect and serve the common interests of its newsmedia members, to help members inform and thereby strengthen their communities, and to foster the highest ideals, ethics and traditions of journalism, a free press and the news profession.
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 past 7 months, California news organizations have been providing essential information on the COVID-19 pandemic. But the industry is on the verge of collapse. AB 323, authored by Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio, will extend California newspapers’ exemption from AB 5 for two additional years to help them stabilize operations in the post-COVID environment and prioritize newspaper outlets for state agency public outreach advertisements.
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.
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.SAVE LOCAL JOURNALISM ACT OF 2020 — DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE PDF
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.