BELEN–Clara Garcia, the editor and publisher of the Valencia County News-Bulletin, has been appointed to the National Newspaper Association Foundation’s board of directors.
Garcia, along with Janis Ware, publisher, The Atlanta Voice; Deone McWilliams, CEO, Northside Vibes by Flavor News, Richmond, Va., were appointed to the board by NNAF President Matthew Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget.
The National Newspaper Association Foundation is the educational arm of the National Newspaper Association. Its mission is to promote news literacy, protect the First Amendment, and enhance the quality, role and capabilities of community newspapers and community journalists.
Garcia is a native of the city of Belen, graduated from The University of New Mexico in 1997 with degrees in communications and journalism and political science. She began her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter.
During her time at the newspaper, Garcia has won numerous awards for her writing, photography, typography and design from both the National Newspaper Association and the New Mexico Press Association. She is also past president of the New Mexico Press Association.
“I am honored to serve on the National Newspaper Association Foundation’s board of directors,” Garcia said of her appointment. “This organization is vital to the future of journalism and newspapers across the country by educating journalists, publishers and the public about the value newspapers are in any community.”
The National Newspaper Association Foundation, long known as the sponsor of NNA News Fellows and Newspaper in Education programs, hopes to become a much larger presence in the community newspaper industry.
“Our boards are excited about the prospect of our new focus,” Adelman said. “By ramping up NNAF, we will open new funding opportunities and make our audiences more available for partnering of all sorts. Many inside and outside of the world of community journalism are concerned about the future of newspapers. This new direction will enable NNAF to become the hub of dialogue and education on that subject while maintaining our traditions of helping newspapers do their jobs in the best way possible during our challenging times.”
The National Newspaper Association Foundation will spend the next year focused on ways in which to raise the public’s awareness of the essential role community newspapers play in educating everyone so they can make informed decisions.