CNPA Bulletin


Equipment-grant deadline in one month

Posted on 3/21/2017
The California Press Foundation in May 2017 will award Campus Newspaper Equipment grants for California campus newspapers to upgrade their production equipment.

Free stuff: Journalism & Tech talk

Posted on 3/15/2017
Join Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism on March 29 in San Francisco for an evening discussion on Journalism and Silicon Valley: The Balance of Power, examining the rapidly evolving relationship between journalism and technology.

Olympian effort at the Capitol

Posted on 3/15/2017
The Olympian at Castro Valley High School, a longtime CNPA Campus Member, is a regular participant in CNPA Governmental Affairs Day.

Los Angeles Downtown News sold

Posted on 3/8/2017
Sue Laris has sold the Los Angeles Downtown News to Pasadena-based Southland Publishing, whose properties include Ventura County Weekly, Pasadena Weekly and the Argonaut.

Paul Bittick is Educator of the Year

Posted on 3/8/2017
The California Journalism & Media Affiliates presented the 2017 Journalism Educator of the Year Award — 4-Year Division, to Paul Bittick, general manager for Mustang News at Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo.

Southern California News Group ad campaign counters ‘fake news’

Posted on 3/8/2017
Southern California News Group in February launched a house-ad campaign that emphasizes the value of sourced, professional news gathering.

Enablers of the enemy

Posted on 3/8/2017
Newspapers and media are the “enemy of the people,” according to the president.

Sunshine Week starts this Sunday

Posted on 3/8/2017
Sunshine Week, March 12-18, is a good time to remind readers about freedom of information, open government and civic awareness.

Reminder: New law on restroom signage

Posted on 2/28/2017
Legislation signed into law in 2016 requires restroom signage changes in certain circumstances starting March 1.

San Joaquin Valley journalism honored

Posted on 2/28/2017
CNPA-member newspapers that captured this year’s George F. Gruner Prizes for Meritorious Public Service in journalism are The Fresno Bee, Tulare Advance-Register and Los Banos Enterprise.


Gary Wortel to succeed Cheryl Dell at Sacramento Bee

Posted on 3/21/2017
Gary Wortel will become president and publisher of The Sacramento Bee, with regional oversight of McClatchy’s Western properties, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.

Daniel Tedford to AME/Digital News at Southern California News Group

Posted on 3/8/2017
Daniel Tedford is now assistant managing editor of digital news for Southern California News Group. He had been digital news director for the news group and city editor for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News.

Michael Langley to group executive editor

Posted on 2/28/2017
Michael Ellis Langley is now executive editor of the newspaper group co-owned by Will Fleet and Ralph Alldredge, the Tracy Press reports.


Committee selects Board nominees

Posted on 3/21/2017
In accordance with Article VI, Section 4. of the CNPA Bylaws, the following report of the Nominating Committee, headed by 2016/17 Immediate Past-President Dean Eckenroth, is submitted to all Active Members of the Association.

Summit session covers successful business evolution

Posted on 3/21/2017
CNPA members on Day One of the 2017 CNPA Summit can learn from a university specialist in the future of journalism.

Hendricks, Panetta, Cantil-Sakauye on Summit program

Posted on 3/8/2017
Registration opens this week for the 2017 CNPA Press Summit, coming up May 17-20 at the Loews Beach Hotel in Santa Monica.

Staff reduction at CNPA

Posted on 2/28/2017
Following a budgetary decision reached after consultation with the CNPA and CNPA Services, Inc. boards of directors, Executive Director Tom Newton announced that four CNPA advertising staff members have left the company.

We do make a great audience...

Posted on 2/22/2017
Newspaper owners, publishers and editors — of the executive, city and opinion stripe — all gave up at least a morning to join the audience that awaited the legislative leadership at last week’s CNPA Governmental Affairs Day.

Two new members approved

Posted on 2/22/2017
The CNPA Board of Directors at its Feb. 16 meeting approved two applications for membership.

Ad Contest deadline is Friday

Posted on 2/22/2017
The deadline for this year’s Advertising Excellence Contest is this Friday, Feb. 24.

In Memoriam

Janis Weinberger, 90

Posted on 2/22/2017
Janis McMaken Weinberger, co-owner of the Claremont Courier newspaper with the late Martin Weinberger, 1998 CNPA president, died Feb. 2, 2017, the newspaper reported. She was 90.

Steve Buttry, 62

Posted on 2/22/2017
Steve Buttry, a a teacher, editor and journalist, died Feb. 19, 2017, of pancreatic cancer. He was 62.

Anthony Marquez, 55

Posted on 2/14/2017
Anthony Marquez, Los Angeles Bureau chief for the Associated Press, died Feb. 9, 2016, due to complications from cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 55.

David Cole, 62

Posted on 1/31/2017
David Cole, a former newspaper editor and industry consultant, died Jan. 17, 2017, News & Tech reports. He was 62.

Prudence Draper, 86

Posted on 1/24/2017
Prudence Draper, who co-published The Cotatian in Cotati, Sonoma County, in the 1950s and early’60s, died Jan. 21, 2017, The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa reports. She was 86.

Mary Lewis, 84

Posted on 1/18/2017
Mary Hull Lewis, longtime society and religion editor at the Elk Grove Citizen and a former co-owner of Herburger Publications Inc., died at home on Jan. 15, 2017, The Citizen reports. She was 84.

Kevin Starr, 76

Posted on 1/18/2017
Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who authored a definitive series of books about the state’s history, died Jan. 14, 2017, after a heart attack, The Sacramento Bee reported. He was 76.

Jonathan Sanchez, 64

Posted on 1/3/2017
Jonathan Sanchez, associate publisher and chief operating officer of Eastern Group Publications in the Los Angeles area, died Dec. 23, 2016, at home in Highland Park, the company reports. He was 64 and had cancer.

Dick Johnson, 88

Posted on 1/3/2017
Richard Myron “Dick” Johnson, former co-publisher of the Tehachapi News, died, Dec. 27, 2016, the newspaper reported. He was 88.

Walter Wick, 85

Posted on 1/3/2017
Walter M. Wick, publisher emeritus of Wick Communications, died Dec. 25, 2016, at his home in Hereford, Ariz. He was 85 and had pancreatic cancer.

The Last Word

The Last Word? Be mindful of your tone

Posted on 3/15/2017
“Speak truth to power, but speak it in a calm, confident voice.”

The Last Word? Seems like only yesterday

Posted on 2/7/2017
“As I think back at the last 60 years, hiring young, eager talent getting a start in the news business, many home grown, was one of the most rewarding parts of running the news side of the hometown newspaper.”