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Vol. 17  No. 21 Final Edition
Clovis Free Press


    ISSN 01823 - An online/print network-accessed serial op-ed, news & entertainment service to the greater Clovis, CA community. Publisher: Valley Press Media, a publishing and distribution division of Web Portal Design Corp., a Charitable Trust; Executive Editor: Tom Hobbs, M.S.
Telecom/Fax Automated Line: 559-298-9349; Address e-mail to: Editor's Desk
     The Clovis Free Press is a brilliant, readable exploration of the major moral questions of our time. It attempts to present a journalistic form of dialogue that informs and educates the community. It offers readers an invitation to take responsibility for the moral positions the community and local government must finally author for themselves.
     The minimum monthly press run of the Clovis Free Press combined is 30,000 was converted on January 1, 2001 to e-mail distribution of 53,613 on July 10, 2001 via subscription delivery within the greater Clovis metropolitan audience and Internet World Wide Web access reach.
     The entire contents and graphics of Clovis Free Press are copyrighted and are registered trademarks of the and Valley Press Media unless designated otherwise.
     No copying, republication, transmission, or duplication of The Clovis Free Newspaper is permitted without written permission from the Valley Press Corporate Legal Division.
     The Free Press Newspaper banner first appeared in Clovis, CA in August 1966 when its Founder & Publisher, Russell Mazzei opened his Valley Illustrated Press here.
    The news service is now owned, operated and licensed by the Web Portal Foundation and The Clovis Free Press Newspaper is now the only serial news agency offering the Clovis region readers a full service online local journal published daily.
     The data graphics visually displayed on these pages measure quantities my means of the combined use of points, lines, a coordinate system, numbers, symbols, words, rods, cones, shading, and color.
     The design of statistical graphics involves the communication of information through the simultaneous presentation of words, numbers, pictures. The design of statistical graphics, like math, is not tied to the unique features of any particular language. The descriptive concepts and the principles advanced apply generally to the scope of the ideas presented.

     Excellence in news and statistical graphics consists of complex ideas that are communicated with clarity, precision, and efficiency. Graphics reveal data concepts and relationships through the efficient communication of complex, quantitative ideas.
    Snail mail should be addressed to our business office in care of Editor, The Clovis Free Press, 754 3rd Street, Ste. 102A, Clovis CA 93612 and is operated by Web Portal Design Works with corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California. For a separate feature on the historical journalism archives in Fresno County prior to 1891, take a peek!
    The Free Press is located midway on the Old Town Trail in the Heart of Old Town as it crosses 3rd. Street.
     The Free Press is a nonprofit business entity with its editorial office located within the City of Clovis pursuant to and in compliance with City of Clovis Business Licensing Sec. 3-1.127 and Sec. 1, Ord. 79-18, eff. July 1, 1979.

 Mission of the Free Press.

     The United States Supreme Court in Justice Learned Hand's opinion, ruled the First Amendment guarantees
"...the newspaper industry serves one of the most vital of all interests: the dissemination of news from many different sources and with as many different facets and colors as possible.
     That interest is closely akin to, if indeed it is not the same as, the interest protected by the First Amendment; it presupposes that right conclusions are more likely to be gathered out of the multitude of tongues than through any kind of authoritative selection.
     To many this is, and always will be folly; but we have staked upon it our all, "...information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the the welfare of the public." (Associated Press vs. United States, 326 U.S. 1, 20 (1945).
    Open and informed debate is critical to maintaining a sound democracy, and the press plays a significant role in facilitating social discourse. Mindful of the press' function in furthering the free flow of ideas, courts have granted the broadest First Amendment protections to the gathering and dissemination of news.
    In light of this long tradition of protecting the editorial integrity of the press, the editors and writers of this newspaper have respectfully opposed and will continue to challenge any and all acts of government that tend to chill the freedom of expression or to curb freedom of speech.[See attached Amici Brief of the Student Press Association in re:"Communications Decency Act" 1996].
     The public relies on news organizations of all types which maintain Internet sites where digital issues of their news stories are posted. This service is a vital organ of communication and a historic public trust.
       The Internet has revolutionized the investigating and reporting of news. Journalists utilize the Internet to gain access to information, to post stories and to communicate with readers. Because the Internet most closely resembles the print medium, it too should receive the most exacting First Amendment protection.
The Internet has become an invaluable and irreplaceable resource to journalists. No other field has been altered more drastically by the proliferation of computer assisted research tools, including the Internet, than journalism.
      A early 1995 study on Internet usage by the public reported 68% of the journalists polled already used the Internet for story background research.
The Internet provides journalists with instantaneous access to vast quantities of information, and has enlarged investigative and data-gathering properties.
 The online digital news media should receive the same exacting level of First Amendment protection as the paper and ink print media.

Guidelines for Column Submissions:

Noguchi 's Bas relief "News"  1938.    Clovis Free Press (CFP) readers are well-informed, intelligent individuals from all parts of the globe. But they are not necessarily specialists in your field, or even specialists in international affairs -- in fact, as many business people read CFP as academics and practitioners combined. You should assume that they want to be provoked, surprised, presented with memorable information and rigorous analysis.
     But at the same time, assume that they have neither the time nor the patience for long winded arguments, insider jargon, narrow topics, or excessively technical writing. The trick to making us swoon over a pitch is to strike a balance: CFP articles should become an indispensible reference for debate among specialists, yet they should also engage, even entertain, a general interest reader.
     Reportage should be complemented by sharp analytical thinking. Opinion pieces or essays should make use of original data, anecdotes, even wit, to help draw readers in. Around the office, we like to joke about "rigor, not rigor mortis."
     It may be more quip than maxim, but in a glib way it sums up what we're trying to do. Today's world is a political climate increasingly absent of hmane values. The Clovis Fee Press appeals to moral imagination and offers hope. We look forward to reading your ideas!

Demograhics Update:

     The Fall 2000 Valley Press Media Network study shows that Californiaís demographics are rapidly shifting.
     For example, in the 1990 U.S. Census, the Bureau reported that 224 languages were spoken in California. By 1999, according to the Bureauís Current Population Survey, more than 4 percent of Californiaís 33.4 million residents spoke no English at all.
     In 1998, California was the most popular intended destination for the nationís 660,000 immigrants with 170,000 settling in the state.
      Fifty-six of Californiaís 58 counties reported providing interpreter services. The top ten languages by days of interpreter service during fiscal year 1998-1999 were Spanish (145,661), Vietnamese (9,197), Korean (3,716), Cantonese (3,252), Armenian (2,730), Cambodian (2,112), Mandarin (2,100), Tagalog (1,986), Russian (1,957), and Punjabi (1,491).
      Currently, there are eight designated languages for which a court interpreter may be certified by the Judicial Council - Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Becoming a CFP Contributor is easy:

1) Do read the CFP Newspaper. It's the best way to get a sense for the kind of articles we like. We admire pitches that reflect new thinking, a global outlook, wit, and a flair for explaining complex ideas to a wide audience.

2) Don't send generic pitches. We publish almost none of them.

3) Do pitch us articles that are feisty, funny, quirky, risky, surprising, or opinionated. Throw a few sacred cows on the barbecue and you'll get our attention fast.

4) Don't send us a 20,000 word conference paper or book chapter. CFP articles tend to run between 3,000 and 4,000 words. If you have a conference paper or book chapter you think could be turned into a great C FP piece, send us a letter or an outline explaining how you'd do it.

5) Do steer clear of wonky, technical language. CFP believes in making big ideas accessible to the widest possible audience.

6) Don't send us anything that refers to "our" interests "abroad."CFP is a regional newspaper with a global readership.

7) Do send us pitches about the economy, technology, urban expansion, public health, culture, immigration, the environment, global and regional trends, international finance and business, religion, non-profit commmnity organizations.

8) Don't finish your article and mail it to us. In fact, don't even start your article. First, send us a letter or an outline describing the piece you'd like to write. You'll hear back from us much faster. And if we love the idea, we can offer feedback before you put pen to paper. Everyone saves time.

9) Do provide original research or reporting to support your ideas.

10) Do pitch us articles for specific CFP sections.

11) Don't send us a pitch without including clips of previous articles.


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