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In Memoriam: Charles Freeman, 81

Charles “Chuck” Freeman, former publisher of Century Group Media’s Record Gazette in Banning, died March 31, 2021, the newspaper reports. He was 81 and had a lifelong battle with diabetes. Freeman joined the newspaper in 1971 and retired as publisher in 1996. “I don’t remember at what point...

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In Memoriam: Jimmie Jones, 82

Jimmie Jones, former publisher of Media News Group’s Times-Herald in Vallejo, died April 6, 2021, the newspaper reports. He was 82. Jones began as a copy boy at the newspaper in 1956 and concluded his career as publisher in 1995, said his son, Victor. “Mr. Jones was the...

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CNPA webinar April 22: “Home Style Opinion”

In June 2019, The Desert Sun Executive Editor Julie Makinen announced the newspaper’s opinion pages would take a summer break from national politics. She chose to focus only on local issues for July because new research had found that the loss of local news coverage...

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Legislation Update: What Happened This Week

AB 268 (Irwin) Courts: sealing records: autopsy reports Position: Opposed This bill, which requires the Court—when requested by a family member—to seal the autopsy report and evidence associated with a victim who has been killed due to a criminal act, essentially, any homicide, was passed by...

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CNPA vote covers bylaws, elections

CNPA Active Members will vote this month on proposed amendments to the CNPA Bylaws along with the annual election of CNPA officers and directors. The CNPA Board of Directors has approved a proposal to change the bylaws. As reported here in February, the amendments would: Acknowledge mixed print and digital subscriptions and days of...

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North Coast Journal sold

Melissa Sanderson is now owner, publisher and president of The North Coast Journal Inc. in Eureka, publisher of the weekly North Coast Journal, the newspaper reports. Sanderson had been general manager for three years and joined the company as sales manager in 2014. Former co-owners Judy Hodgson...

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Salute: Bay Area Reporter is 50

“The B.A.R. remains an important institution for the LGBTQ community here, and with our sister publications in other cities, we are part of an important fabric,” said owner and Publisher Michael Yamashita, pictured, quoted in “Once a bar rag, paper now bestrides LGBTQ news.” Last week’s special...

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New editors at Examiner, SF Weekly

Carly Schwartz in May becomes editor in chief at Clint Reilly Communications’ San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and The Nob Hill Gazette, The Examiner reports. Schwartz had been editor in chief of Google Insider and previously was an editor with Huffington Post. Also joining the masthead will be Allen Matthews,...

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In Memoriam: Norma Kostecka, 58

Norma Kostecka, publisher of Sonoma Media Investments’ North Bay Business Journal, died March 31, 2021, the Business Journal reports. She was 58 and had breast cancer. Kostecka had been publisher since October, following 22 years as advertising director at Lee Enterprises’ Napa Valley Register. “I have hired dozens of...

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About you since 1922

California Publisher is CNPA’s official quarterly newspaper. Its printing and distribution are underwritten by vendors and suppliers who value the message opportunity offered by a print medium. A digital edition may be accessed at And look for California Publisher in the App Store. The newspaper’s...

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