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Phil Jaffe, 85

Phillip B. Jaffe, a former publisher of Brehm Communications Inc.’s Mountain News in Lake Arrowhead, died Feb. 19, 2019, his family reported. He was 85. Jaffe, whose printing and publishing career spanned more than 40 years, was publisher in Lake Arrowhead from 1983 to 1998....

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Rusty Harris, 64

William Russell Harris, a former managing editor at the old Blade-Citizen and North County Times, died Feb. 21, 2019, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He was 64 and had cancer. Harris’ 35-year news career included stints at newspapers in Kansas and Texas. He joined the...

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Steve Lawrence, 71

Steve Lawrence, who had been the longest-tenured member of California’s capital press corps when he retired in 2009 after 37 years with the Associated Press, died Feb. 22, 2019, the AP reports. He was 71 and had cancer. “People liked him, the elected officials and...

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Legislators introduce new bills

Facing a deadline of February 22 to introduce new bills, Legislators are rolling out new measures for consideration in this first year of the biennial session. While the pace of introduction has been a trickle, there will be a flood of bills introduced by today’s...

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SF Weekly Graphic Designer

San Francisco’s top alternative and literary weekly publication is seeking a graphic designer to join its talented team of journalists who produce SF Weekly and SF Evergreen. This is an opportunity to help shape the art direction of two well-respected publications in a fast-paced, creative...

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How we took the message to Capitol

CNPA’s legislative staff thanks all who were able to join their colleagues for the recent CNPA Capital Conference. They also thank those who took the opportunity to receive an introductory briefing on CNPA’s top issues at the Capitol from the advocates pictured above: Mike Belote,...

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Judging underway for CNPA contests

Instructions were sent Friday to approximately 200 judges registered in this year’s California Journalism Awards. Deadline for completing the judging assignments is Monday, March 4. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to judge the 3,036 entries in the print, digital and campus contests; some judges have...

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Sunshine Week is March 10-16

Sunshine Week 2019 is March 10-16. The annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means is made possible by an endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and by a donation from The Gridiron Club and Foundation. The...

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Free: How to cover teacher walkouts

“A Reporter’s Guide to Covering Teachers Strikes” 11 a.m.-Noon Pacific this Thursday, Feb. 21 This free webinar offered by the Education Writers Association features journalists who have covered recent teacher walkouts. They will share insights, lessons learned, and practical advice. What steps should reporters take...

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