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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.

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Community News Reporter

Seeking a hard-working community news reporter to cover San Clemente, Calif., for The San Clemente Times newspaper published weekly, as well as the accompanying website and social channels for the paper. Candidate will also also contribute regularly to PFM’s special sections. Strong writing, editing and...

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Finalists named in California Journalism Awards

After a busy few weeks of sorting through 3,105 entries and compiling the judges’ decisions, we are pleased to announce this year’s finalists in the Print, Digital and Campus contests of the 2018 California Journalism Awards. The lists are currently available as sortable and searchable...

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30-plus newsrooms collaborate on law-enforcement records requests

More than 30 California newsrooms are sharing their findings after they request records from law-enforcement agencies around the state. Dubbed the California Reporting Project, it aims to push law enforcement agencies to comply with California’s landmark police transparency law passed last year, Senate Bill 1421....

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No libel by Press Democrat, judges say

Three appellate-court justices last week ruled that a lawsuit over articles published by The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa did not prove that the coverage defamed the plaintiffs, the newspaper reports..The series of articles, which described city council campaign spending, dealt with matters of widespread...

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Joseph Knowland, 88

Joseph Knowland, former editor and publisher of The Oakland Tribune, died March 14, 2019, The Mercury News reports. He was 88. The California Press Association named Joseph Knowland its Newspaper Executive of the Year in 1975. Knowland, a UC Berkeley alum, began as a cub...

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Newspaper sales tax repeal proposed

Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin County) has introduced legislation on behalf of CNPA to repeal the sales tax on newspapers. AB 1776 is currently with the Assembly Rules Committee, awaiting referral by that committee to a policy committee. The bill’s path to the Assembly floor will...

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Author withdraws bill that threatened CPRA enforcement

Earlier this week, the author of legislation that would have made it more difficult for CPRA requesters to go to court to protect their right to access government held information withdrew the bill after facing a firestorm of opposition. The bill, SB 615 by Senator...

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Assembly bill would impose criminal punishment for ‘deepfakes’

Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill, AB 602, which would create criminal liability for the creation and distribution of “deceptive recordings,” commonly known as “deepfakes,” if the recording is likely to deceive any person who views the recording, or to defame, slander,...

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