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San José Spotlight is Digital News applicant

San José Spotlight has applied to be a Digital News Member of CNPA. Ramona Giwargis is publisher of the company, which was founded in 2017.

San José Spotlight states that its mission is to “change the face of local journalism by building a community-supported newsroom that ignites civic engagement, educates citizens and strengthens our democracy.”

Until confirmation by the CNPA Board of Directors on Jan. 27, San José Spotlight is a provisional member of CNPA and is eligible for all the benefits of a Digital News Media member.

CNPA defines “Digital News Media” as an organization that posts news and information of a local character, using digital media that may include the internet, websites, mobile and tablet technology. Online publications can be paid or free news websites or electronic news publications with at least 50 percent local news content, rather than aggregated, copied or reprinted from other sources, with a substantial portion produced by local staff in California.

A CNPA Board-approved proposal to amend the bylaws to allow Digital News Media members full voting rights and board service will be voted on by Active members in January.

Membership questions? Contact Simon Birch, (916) 288-6010.

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