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In Downieville, a local comes through

Don Russell did everything to conjure up a buyer for Sierra County’s Mountain Messenger. He ran ads in his state press association newsletter (yes, this very one). He shopped the paper to other publishers. He alerted the media. And the media responded, publishing and broadcasting...

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NewsTrain March 27-28: Free Stylebooks!

The first 25 to register for NewsTrain, March 27-28 at Fresno State, will get a free online AP Stylebook courtesy of sponsor Associated Press. Register for $75 until Feb. 27; the rate increases to $85 on Feb. 28. The NewsTrain workshop is for reporters, editors...

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The Daily Independent in Ridgecrest, Calif., seeks a full-time photojournalist for its print and online presence and its various special publications. Newspaper experience is preferred, but we will consider applicants with strong internship experience and a vibrant portfolio. What we want: a photographer who pushes...

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January includes important vote for members

CNPA Active Members will vote Jan. 28 on proposed amendments to the CNPA bylaws along with the annual election of CNPA officers and directors. The CNPA Board of Directors at its Oct. 24 Quarterly Meeting approved a proposal to change the bylaws. As currently drafted,...

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Three nominees to CNPA Board

On its 2020 election slate, the CNPA Board has three new director nominees: Norb Garrett, publisher, Picket Fence Media; Julie Makinen, executive editor, The Desert Sun, Palm Springs; and Steve Nakutin, general manager, Daily Press, Victorville The vote will be held at the annual business...

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Contest reminder: Wait not until Jan. 20

Start the new year off with this resolution: Don’t wait until the last minute to enter the California Journalism awards. Deadline for uploading your best work from 2019 is Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Gather your great stories, photos, videos and designs, and log in to...

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‘Puzzle King’ Myles Mellor got his start in Sonoma

“Today, Myles Mellor’s puzzles are syndicated in nearly 120 newspapers, and appear in more than 600 magazines,” a Sonoma Index-Tribune profile says. “He writes custom puzzles on a wide range of topics: sailing, engineering, even puzzles for individuals for anniversaries and whatnot. He recently mailed...

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U.S. spending bill has pension relief

Included in the $1.4 trillion U.S. spending bill signed last week is the Save the Community Newspaper Act, which allows at least a dozen community newspapers in the U.S. to defer some of the contributions they make into their employee pension funds, The Seattle Times...

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Flexible fellowship: Apply by Jan. 17

Is there a journalism challenge you or your newsroom has wanted to tackle, but haven’t had the time or resources to focus on the idea? Could the project benefit the industry as a whole in some way and strengthen democracy through better journalism? Apply by...

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The Last Word? Don’t get too chummy

“You might say, ‘Congressman,’ and he’ll say, ‘Oh, call me Tom.’ Don’t call him Tom. He’s a congressman.” — David Lightman, political reporter, in “Covering Congress from Afar: Capitol Hill Can Influence Stories in the States” (National Press Foundation)

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