Do not miss this important conference featuring publishers, editors and authorities from government, law and social behavior exploring all-time lows in public confidence in mainstream media and what might be done to fix it.

It is the must-attend media event of the year.

Join top news media professionals at CapCon2023 for insights on the problem and thoughts on what to do to fix it. You’ll hear from authorities on disinformation and media including keynoter Bill Barr, the only U.S. attorney general to serve two presidents. Also: authors, recognized opinion researchers, elected officials and others.

CNPA is assembling experts in media from around the nation and the state to offer perspectives on today’s media ecosphere. Each has a view on disinformation’s effect on news readers, and each hopefully will posit on steps newsrooms can take to elevate trust through fact-based reporting.

CapCon 2023. | January 31 – February 2 | Sacramento, CA

CNPA is assembling experts in media

from around the nation and the state to offer perspectives on today’s media ecosphere. Each has a view on disinformation’s effect on readers and each hopefully will posit on steps newspapers can take to elevate trust through fact-based reporting.

Author of New York Times Best Seller
Luncheon February 1

William P. Barr

Attorney General under two U.S. Presidents.

Toff leads the Trust in News Project at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Ben Toff

Oxford Senior Research Fellow

Karem, is the award-winning journalist and author of “Free the Press: The Death of American Journalism and How to Revive It.”

Brian Karem

Award-Winning Journalist and Author

Bevan is the co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics (RCP) and to many the go-to source for accurate and reliable polling data on election campaigns throughout the U.S.

Tom Bevan

Co-Founder and President Real Clear Politics

Atkin is co-founder at Check My Ads, the adtech industry’s first watchdog leading the effort to halt the spread of disinformation.

Claire Atkin

Co-Founder at Check My Ads

Potter, who holds a PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in media research, is a veteran journalist who has worked both domestically and internationally.

Beth Potter

USA regional manager for the Journalism Trust initiative.

Gingras, the VP of News, helps guide Google’s strategy for surfacing news content across Google products and working with the news industry.

Richard Gingras

Global VP of news at Google

Axelrod, who served as chief strategist to President Barack Obama and then, following his time in the White House, headed the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, has been outspoken about his concern for democracy given the public’s view of the media ecosystem.

David Axelrod

Preeminent political strategist and host of “The Axe Files” podcast on CNN

Myers, a former White House press secretary and global chief communications and public affairs officer for Warner Bros., will discuss the relationship between the media and businesses, consumers and government leaders in the age of misinformation.

Dee Dee Myers

Senior advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom and director of the Office of Business and Economic Development in California (GO-Biz).
CapCon Speakers Books (2)

“Why would you say that (to the press),” (Trump) demanded, his voice rising. “Because it is true, Mr. President,” I replied.

One Damn Thing After Another

New York Times Bestseller

Snap Judgements: How Audiences Who Lack Trust in News Navigate Information on Digital Platforms

Trust in News Project

What drives trust for audiences?

Blending his experiences as a veteran reporter with analysis of the erosion of trust between the press and the government during the past 40 years, in Free the Press, renowned journalist Brian J. Karem gives readers a unique perspective on the challenges facing journalism while asking the question, ``How did we get here?`` And perhaps more importantly, ``How do we fix it?``.

Free the Press: The Death of American Journalism and How to Revive It


“Polls can be misleading,” Bevan says. “In 2020, just a week before election day, an ABC News poll in Wisconsin had Biden ahead by a preposterous 17 points in the state. When the votes were counted, Biden won by 1 percent. These are the kinds of outcomes that lead to skepticism and distrust of pollsters and sometimes the media that convey results.”

Real Clear Politics Election 2012: The Battle Begins


Check My Ads Institute is an independent watchdog reshaping the digital adtech industry from within its ranks — and building a new sustainable standard in digital advertising. Check My Ads is holding the surveillance adtech industry accountable for abuses against advertisers and consumers, and spearheading the development of a transparent, efficient and privacy-focused digital advertising marketplace.

Check My Ads Institute: Independent Watchdog

The JTI is an effort by Reporter Without Borders to certify professional newsroom values so that results vault to the top of online searches.

The Journalism Trust Initiative


At Google, Gingras oversees efforts to enable a healthy, open ecosystem for quality journalism, including the Google News Initiative, which was launched in 2018 to help centralize and scale the company’s efforts to help build a stronger future for news.

The Google News Initiative


“Disinformation and conspiracy theories, turbocharged and micro-targeted by the new tools social media and big data provide, are a clear and present danger to democracies,” Axelrod remarked at a symposium on the topic earlier this year. “They have become weapons with which to foment mistrust in our institutions, sow division and even political violence. But combating them is a complex challenge.”

The Axe Files

CapCon Speakers Books (4)

As director of GO-Biz, Myers oversees California’s job growth, economic development and business assistance efforts. GO-Biz teams are made up of experts that span industries, geographies and business backgrounds.


CapCon 2023. | January 31 – February 2 | Sacramento, CA

Time well spent.
Sacramento, CA

Jan 31 – Feb 2

Three days of insights, ideas and networking with publishers, editors and legislators who are leading news publishing to the future.

Download your copy of the official
CapCon 2023 program

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The schedule offers views from experts, meetings with policymakers and lots of networking with peers.

Tue 31

Registration / Noon

Welcome / 6:00pm

Wed 01

The Problem / 9:00am

Keynote / 12:00pm

Panels / 2:00pm

Legislators / 4:00pm

Thur 02

Future of Journalism / 9:00am

Keynote / 12:00p

Outlooks / 2:00pm

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CapCon 2023. | January 31 – February 2 | Sacramento, CA