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Graphic Communication Advisors Group renamed

The Graphic Communication Advisors Group (GCAG) has been reorganized and renamed to honor its founder, the late Raymond J. Prince. The GCAG, formed in 2017, is now  the Raymond J. Prince Graphic Communication Advisors Group, and has a new website.

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Answers about colors, photo settings, paragraph styles and ligatures

So, what do professional speakers do during a pandemic? I can’t speak for all the speakers in the world, but among other things, I’ve been leading a lot of webinars. I guess it shouldn’t surprise anyone that attendance at online classes has been high over the past couple of months, which means I hear from a lot of folks at newspapers and answer a lot of questions. In this column, I thought I’d answer some of the questions I’ve received from newspaper folks.

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July 9 webinar covers pandemic reporting

Please plan to join CNPA Members for our next webinar, set for 3 p.m. this Thursday. "Pandemic Reporting: The Second Wave" is for editors and reporters eager to sharpen their coverage of health and medical issues as COVID-19 cases surge – again – in California.

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From the inside, looking out

San Quentin inmate Juan Moreno Haines, senior editor of the monthly CNPA-Member San Quentin News, has filed stories that have been published in external media during the coronavirus pandemic and prison lockdown. Those on the outside who have followed recent news of the coronavirus’ spread in the...

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Cal Press interns: An update

The California Press Foundation’s four 2020 interns have been filing remotely with their host newsrooms. Here are links to their work: Vivienne Aguilar (San Joaquin Delta College), “Pacific students take on pandemic with ‘Gone Viral’ art exhibit,” for the Lodi News-Sentinel. Hannah Holzer (UC Davis), “Activists demand San Francisco defund...

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Commemorative CNPA awards magazine available now

A limited number of copies of the California Journalism Awards “Best of the Best” commemorative magazine are available for purchase. It features winners in the contest for work produced in 2019. The magazine is $8 per copy, including shipping and handling. CNPA leaders produced the magazine...

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Notice of proposed amendments to CNPA Bylaws

This notice is being published to members pursuant to Article XIV of the CNPA Bylaws that the Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on a proposal to amend the Bylaws at its quarterly meeting on July 30, 2020. The proposal to amend the Bylaws would change...

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Ready to show what you can do? Downsized, but still want to stay in journalism and make a difference? The Trinity Journal in beautiful Trinity County (far Northern California) is seeking a managing editor for its weekly newspaper, website and associated products. Working with reporters,...

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Ad-Libs: It’s all about the benefits

Rob is the marketing director for an outdoor apparel company. I remember a conversation with him about his philosophy of promoting their products. “It’s all about benefits,” he said. “Every time a new product is developed – or an existing product is improved – my task starts with learning the features and translating those features into marketable benefits.

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