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Cal Press 141st Winter Meeting

California Press Foundation

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 4:00 PM - Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM (PST)

Cal Press 141st Winter Meeting

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Winter Meeting Earlybird Registration
All-inclusive general admission package includes dinner, lunch and attendance at the FAC Forum on Thursday afternoon. Early bird rates are good through November 14.
Ended $195.00 $8.42
A la carte Earlybird Awards Dinner   more info Ended $140.00 $6.49
A La Carte Earlybird Awards Luncheon   more info Ended $90.00 $4.74
FAC Forum   more info Nov 30, 2018 Free $0.00

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Registration Type

 Early Registration
by November 14

Regular Registration
by November 30

Cal Press Winter Meeting All-inclusive Package    
 $195/person  $225/person
Awards Dinner & Reception (THURSDAY ONLY)  $140/person  $150/person
Awards Luncheon (FRIDAY ONLY)   $90/person
FAC Forum  Free with Advance Registration  Free with Advance Registration



Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

$213/night  STANDARD ROOM*
$243/night  DELUXE ROOM*

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms are available to Cal Press attendees at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel. Please call 1/800-5-MARINE (800/562-7463) and ask for the CAL PRESS 2018 room block code in order to receive the group rate. In addition, reservation requests may also be made via e-mail to  or sent via fax to 415-441-3649.


*Single/double occupancy


Thursday, December 6

4:00 pm FAC FORUM: (Advance registration is required)

"What Happened to 'The Golden Age of Free Speech'?"

The Internet was supposed to usher in a “Golden Age” of free expression. In this new digital world, public debate would flourish and anyone, anywhere could reach an audience of millions, unburdened by government censorship or traditional media gatekeepers. Some of these heady predictions have come true—but as old barriers to expression have fallen, a whole new set of problems has emerged. Today, we face a glut of information, policing of speech by social media companies, as well as attacks from trolls, bots and well-financed bad actors that make it hard to determine what’s real and what’s false. 

Join us for a conversation that explores how to promote and protect free expression in this environment. What role should the new “gatekeepers”—Google, Twitter and Facebook—play? What ways can people sort through the chaos to find reliable information? How can we protect the rights and values guaranteed by the First Amendment in an era when public speech has essentially become privatized?


Nate Cardozo, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society

Martin Reynolds, Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting


Deepa Seetharaman, Technology Reporter, Wall Street Journal

5:30 pm Reception featuring the IRISH NEWSBOYS!

6:30 pm Dinner & Awards Presentations

8:00 pm Feature Presentation:

"From Watergate to fake news: How the media lost their luster, and why they must come to grips with the fact that so many Americans hate the news business."

Veteran journalist Jim asks some tough questions requiring self-reflection by news leaders. But he also offers some answers in his new role as Executive Director of the Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust. Here's your chance to size up the industry challenges in a way that can help you develop a new path forward in these difficult times for media.

Presented by:

Jim Boren, executive director, Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust


Friday, December 7

11:30 pm Reception

12:00 pm Lunch & Awards Presentations

1:00 pm Featured Discussion:

“How Newsrooms Serve Readers In Today's Media Environment”


Audrey Cooper Photo Lauren Gustus Photo David Lesher Photo  Jim Boren Photo

PANELISTS: (pictured from left to right)

Audrey Cooper, editor in chief, San Francisco Chronicle
Lauren Gustus, editor, Sacramento Bee; regional editor, McClatchy Co.
David Lesher, editor and CEO, Calmatters

Moderated by:

Jim Boren, executive director, Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust

Have questions about Cal Press 141st Winter Meeting? Contact California Press Foundation

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Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 4:00 PM - Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM (PST)

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California Press Foundation

One of the earliest press associations in the country, the California Press Association was founded in 1878 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. In 1925 and 1926, the association worked with the Southern California Editorial Association to form a trade organization—the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2013, the 136-year-old Cal Press Association merged with the CNPA Foundation, CNPA’s 501(c)(3) charitable division, formed in 1993, to form the California Press Foundation.

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