May 2011

2011 Hisken Award Goes to Jennifer Ingram

The one most surprised by the selection of this year's Community Papers of Florida (CPF) Terry Hisken Award may have been the recipient.Jennifer Ingram of TheFlyer.com in Tampa was instrumental in establishing the award. She worked with Terry for a number of years and together they provided the funds that made CPF a success.In making the presentation, CPF President Charlie Delatorre said,... + Read More

The President's Message: May 2011

Memo to the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) staff:"I just want to say thank you for all you did last week to make our conference a great experience for all of our members!"As always, you came through in a big way. Thanks so much for your time and dedication! You guys Rock!"It was a terrific conference. The gang at the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) was great to work... + Read More

2011 "Best of the Best" Contest Q1 Winners Announced

The Community Papers of Florida (CPF) classified network sales telemarketers hauled in some serious cash during the first quarter of "The Best of the Best" contest.Leading the way was Tower Publications, where Ann Waite posted the highest point total to win $1,000. During the drawing she picked up another $700, which added to the total of the department's manager, Charlie Delatorre.... + Read More

2011 Awards for Excellence

Forum Publishing Group led the way in the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) annual "Awards for Excellence" awards contest.Forum picked up 31 awards in the annual competition. Forum was followed closely by Tampa Bay Newspapers with 30 awards, and the Observer News in Ruskin with 27 honors. Tampa Bay and the Observer News led with the most first place honors, picking up seven each. The... + Read More

Stephen Clark Receives CPF Scholarship

Stephen Clark was named the 2011 recipient of the annual Community Papers of Florida (CPF) scholarship award. Since 2005, the Community Papers of Florida has been pleased to award a scholarship to help someone involved with the association with college expenses. The recipient receives $1,000 per year for up to five years, providing they maintain a 2.5 grade point average and the GPA is verified... + Read More

Legal Update: May 2011

The Pitfalls of Reporting RumorsA recent case illustrates pitfalls of reporting rumors and third party statements.A recent Alabama appellate court (Little v. Consolidated Publishing Company) found that a newspaper reporter and publisher could be liable for maliciously publishing a false and defamatory rumor about a city councilman resulting from the newspaper's failure to thoroughly... + Read More

The Corcoran Report: May 2011

Legislative Session HighlightsFlorida's regular legislative session concluded in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 7th. During the 60-day session, Florida's Legislature passed less than 300 pieces of legislation, much of which fundamentally changes significant elements of Florida government. The changes include statewide Medicaid reform, economic development restructuring and... + Read More

Directions to the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

The TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is located in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida's Central West Coast directly on the Gulf of Mexico beach. Nestled on the island of St. Pete Beach, the resort has a breezy, casual ambience, yet shares the diverse cultural events and active night life of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. Both Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport are... + Read More

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