Dan Morain, editorial page editor and political affairs columnist at The Sacramento Bee, is bringing his decades of experience and institutional knowledge to CALmatters.
CALmatters is pleased to announce three new additions to our Sacramento-based team, starting in January. Since our launch in 2015, the new positions will grow CALmatters’ total staff to 18 full time members. The jobs — for social media, videography and higher education coverage — will expand CALmatters’ coverage and improve our ability to explain important state issues through new storytelling formats.
Marcia Parker, the publisher and COO of CALmatters, was honored this month at the 140th Annual Winter Meeting of the California Press Foundation with the Jack Bates award.
The California nonprofit CalMatters is out to make that case—that wealthy individuals in particular are willing to help fill the growing gaps in news coverage.
CALmatters was launched two years ago because we saw a pressing need for statewide explanatory journalism, analysis and commentary about policy and politics to fill an alarming void in coverage of decision makers in the world’s sixth largest economy. Since then the ranks of statehouse reporters have been further depleted amid mounting news industry layoffs, buyouts and consolidation, while Californians’ thirst for trustworthy, unbiased and fact-based reporting has skyrocketed.
Today, CALmatters has more than 110 news partners around the state, a staff of 17, a $2.2 million budget, and we’re the biggest statehouse bureau in the political heart of the U.S.’s largest state, as measured by staff size or audience reach.
On the Left Coast, CALmatters issued its package on California climate change policies July 19. The material was published in four dozen newspapers, from the Los Angles Times to the Times-Standard in Euerka, and the audio version was aired by numerous public radio outlets throughout the state.
The new nonprofit news site has raised almost $3 million for explanatory reporting on state government and lawmaking. They’ve also been gathering advice — and advisors — from places like ProPublica and The Texas Tribune.
The Sacramento-based CALmatters will report exclusively on California state policy and politics and plans to both publish its stories on its own site and distribute them to other publications. The site “has had conversations with all of the major newspapers and radio stations in California,” as well as many smaller outlets, said Kaizar Campwala, CALmatters’ president and co-founder, who did not disclose any specific distribution agreements.*
Gregory Favre learned early that transformational change in journalism was a fact of life. When he was 8 years old, it was his mission to fold the newspapers at the paper his dad owned in Bay St. Louis, Miss. And, according to Favre, no one ever folded newspapers better. When he was 10, his dad bought a machine to take over the folding. Young Gregory was distraught. Then he had a revelation: The skills that made him the best folder also made him the best machine operator.
“Change is inevitable,” Favre says. “You have to embrace change.”