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Steve Falk is Cal Press’ Dec. 5 keynoter

Steve Falk, a CNPA director and CEO of Sonoma Media Investments LLC, will present the dinner keynote message at the California Press Association’s 142nd Annual Winter Meeting in San Francisco.

Steve Falk
Steve Falk

Falk’s topic, “Local Ownership and Award-Winning Journalism: Our Connection,” will cover the Santa Rosa-based ownership group’s history and structure and will provide context on readership and digital growth in the company.

Falk, a former publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, served as president and chief executive of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2012. He previously worked for newspapers in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania and was a key planner of the startup of USA Today.

Sonoma Media Investments was formed in late 2011 to buy the Sonoma Index-Tribune and Sonoma Magazine. In November 2012, the company purchased the Press Democrat Media Group, which also includes The Press Democrat, the Petaluma Argus-Courier, North Bay Business Journal and all affiliated websites and businesses.

The Cal Press event, at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel, begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 with a free informational session co-produced by the First Amendment Coalition: “California vs. the First Amendment.”

Panelists will be:

  • Vickie Baranetsky, general counsel, Reveal;
  • Audrey Cooper, editor in chief, San Francisco Chronicle;
  • Jim Ewert, CNPA general counsel; and
  • Noah Griffin, newspaper columnist

Moderator: David Snyder, executive director, First Amendment Coalition

At 5:30 is a no-host reception and music by the Irish Newsboys.

Caroline Titus
Caroline Titus

The Awards Banquet Dinner at 6:30 will feature the presentation of the Justus F. Craemer Newspaper Executive of the Year award to Caroline Titus, publisher of the Ferndale Enterprise; the First Amendment Coalition Free Speech and Open Government Award; and the Jack Bates Award.

At 8 p.m. is Falk’s presentation.

Friday, Dec. 6 includes the CNPA Past Presidents Meeting at 9 a.m. and the Cal Press Board of Directors meeting at 10.

A no-host reception is at 11:30, followed by the Awards Luncheon at noon. It features the presentation of the Philip N. McCombs Achievement Award (to Marty Weybret, former publisher, Lodi News-Sentinel); Mark Twain Award for Journalism Excellence (to the late Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times); and inductions to the California Newspaper Hall of Fame (Almena Lomax, Los Angeles Tribune; and 1930 CNPA President Ford A. Chatters, Lindsay Gazette).

Almena Lomax
Almena Lomax

At 1 p.m., a panel will discuss “Ag in California’s Heartland: Who’s Telling the Stories?”

Panelists will be:

  • Joe Del Bosque, head of a Firebaugh-based farming company
  • Tim Hearden, Redding-based editor of Western Farm Press
  • Ryan Jacobsen, head of the Fresno County Farm Bureau
  • Kaitlin Washburn, ag reporter at The Sun-Gazette in Exeter and a Report for America corps member

Moderator: Jim Boren, executive director, Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust; and former executive editor, The Fresno Bee.

Registration rates (until this Wednesday, Nov. 20) are:

  • Full conference registration: $195/person
  • A la carte dinner registration: $140/person
  • A la carte lunch registration: $90/person
Jim Boren
Jim Boren

The Thursday afternoon FAC presentation is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.

The Cal Press room block at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel also closes this Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Register now

Questions? Vanessa Henderson, 916-288-6017.

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