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Editorial Cartoons Sought For Exhibit

California works to appear starting Labor Day at California State Library

California Press Foundation

Sacramento,California (PR MediaRelease) June 29, 2016

The California State Library, CNPA and the California Press Foundation  are working together to produce an exhibit of original artwork by California political cartoonists. There’s a rich history of political cartooning going back to statehood that includes six Pulitzer prizes awarded to California cartoonists since World War II.

The State Library is contributing its Circulation Room and the hallways and open space surrounding it on the third floor of the landmark building at 914 Capitol Mall for the show, which will run from Labor Day until after the presidential election in November.

CNPA and Cal Press believe this could be a terrific showcase for the greatness and uniqueness of the Golden State’s newspapers.

“This is exactly the sort of thing Cal Press wants to support: preserving and promoting the history of newspapers in California,” said Becky Clark, chair of the California Press Foundation and editor and publisher of the Idyllwild Town Crier. “This should be an exciting and entertaining exhibit.”

To succeed, organizers need the help of publishers and editors to identify cartoonists and individual pieces for the exhibit as well as news accounts, opinion pieces and photographs that capture the history, culture and politics of the times in which the cartoons were created and published.

CNPA and Cal Press request that participants engage their video crews to chronicle the search and selection process and, to the extent possible, interview cartoonists, editors, journalists, the families of cartoonists and others for potential use in the exhibit and beyond. The state library is looking for about 50 pieces for this exhibit.

“When I was a newspaperman, I was always envious of the freedom the cartoonists had to express – better than I ever could in words – what the real deal was,” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas, a former political writer and bureau chief at the San Francisco Chronicle. “The State Library is really excited to help showcase this artistry and chart its evolution over the past 150 years.”

Editors: Please look in your archives for political cartoons that you believe should be part of this 50-piece exhibit.

Also, please engage your video producers to chronicle the search and selection process and, to the extent possible, interview cartoonists, editors, journalists, the families of cartoonists and others for potential use in the exhibit.

When you’ve found your best pieces (up to five), send scans or photos of them to cartoons@cnpa.com. Please send no later than Friday, Aug. 5.

Videos should be .MP4 using h.264 encoding and AAC/MP3 audio codecs. They should be in a 16:9 aspect ratio (1280 x 720 pixels — the HD TV standard also popular on most smartphones). For more detailed information, follow YouTube’s recommended upload encoding settings. When you have a video to submit, please contact Simon Birch, (916) 288-6010.

 

The mission of the California Press Foundation is to guard the history and traditions of California journalism, to recognize and honor contemporary achievements, to assure the future of California journalism through encouragement of education and to provide a social and educational forum for its members.

Joe Wirt
CNPA Services Inc.
Director of Affiliate Relations
916-288-6021
joe@cnpa.com

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