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Don Blount is GateHouse regional editor

GateHouse Media has named Don Blount, editor of The Record in Stockton, as California editor, The Record reports. Blount has been editor since 2017 and previously was managing editor. While continuing to oversee Stockton’s news efforts, he will coordinate coverage for GateHouse’s 10 California properties,...

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Sandy Schwartz, 83

H.L. “Sandy” Schwartz, an Associated Press reporter who co-authored an exclusive story linking Richard Nixon’s re-election committee to the Watergate break-in, died June 11, 2019, after a long illness, the Pottstown (PA) Mercury reports. He was 83. Schwartz’ 40-year career, from 1959 to 1998, saw...

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Safe havens/antitrust: Today in Washington, D.C.

“Congress must act to preserve a fair and independent press” headlines a USA Today opinion piece today by Joanne Lipman, a former editor in chief of USA TODAY and chief content officer of Gannett. “I typically would argue that such exemptions are anticompetitive,” Lipman writes,...

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Judges sought for PNNA contest

CNPA’s contest director is looking for volunteer judges for the annual C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards, which your association administers on behalf of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association. Judging begins Tuesday, July 9. Deadline is Monday, July 22. If you can help, please email Simon Birch...

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SF Weekly editor

San Francisco’s award-winning cultural, literary and alternative weekly publication is seeking an editor to lead its talented team of journalists who produce SF Weekly and SF Evergreen, which covers the growing cannabis industry. This is a rare opportunity to shape the direction of two well-read...

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Panel, video push preservation bill

The News Media Alliance created a talking-points video promoting The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which would create a temporary safe harbor for news publishers to collectively negotiate with major tech platforms for better business terms. Among those in the video are NMA President and...

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Bakersfield, Tehachapi papers sold

Sound News Media has acquired the assets of TBC Media, which publishes The Bakersfield Californian and Tehachapi News, The Californian reports. Terms of the transaction, which is slated to close June 30, were not disclosed. “We are honored to have been a steward of the...

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Police union loses suit to block release of discipline records

A Superior Court judge’s ruling has stopped the destruction of Downey Police Officer’s Association records to prevent public disclosure under a new state law, Long Beach Post reports. LBPost, the Los Angeles Times and Southern California Public Radio argued that the documents are public record....

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‘Grant-Writing and Partnerships’

Wondering what you can do to receive newsroom grants or work with ProPublica and other nonprofits on projects? We have tips from people who’ve been successful and those who’ve worked on the receiving end of the process. Steve Dorsey, Vice President of Performance and Partnerships...

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