Press Democrat Editorial Director Paul Gullixson makes his livelihood observing and commenting upon our community, but on Sunday he’ll share what’s happening with his own roller coaster of an industry.

Gulllixson, who heads up the newspaper’s editorial/opinion pages, will be speaking to local writers on “How the E-Revolution is Changing the Newspaper Industry.”

He’ll appear at 3 p.m. Sunday at the monthly gathering of Redwood Writers, the local branch of the California Writers Club.

The newspaper industry is roughly half the size it was seven years ago. Along with a steep decline in print publishing, the digital era has brought some new opportunities, and Gullixson will be talking about what those changes can mean for readers and for freelance writers.

Gullixson has been writing Press Democrat editorials for nearly 15 years. His colleague, Jim Sweeney, and he also produce the “Inside Opinion” blog at

I am indebted to the man in many ways, not the least of which because he was brave enough to join with both Press Democrat and local writers last spring in creating a chapter for our print and online newspaper serial, “Sonoma Squares Murder Mystery.” You can read his chapter, “Sinking Feeling,” here.

Sunday’s gathering will be at the Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, in Santa Rosa. The cost is $5 for Redwood Writers members and $8 for non-members.

— Robert Digitale