October 2016

The President's Message: Autumn 2016

What can you say?If you attended the conference in Orlando, you know that the facility was outstanding, the training sessions were informative, the entertainment was toe-tapping, and we met with a great bunch of vendors who were a big part of the conference. A lot of congratulations are in order for those who are responsible for hammering out the details of the annual conference in Orlando.The... + Read More

2016-2018 Slate of Officers & Directors Confirmed

Farris Robinson was confirmed as president of the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) by the general membership at the recent business meeting in Orlando.Robinson is the president of Hometown News, which publishes 15 publications on the East Coast of Florida from Daytona Beach to Stuart. The company distributes close to 200,000 homes weekly.He started his publishing career with the Daytona News... + Read More

The State of the Association – 2016

Outgoing President Wendy Murray delivered the State of the Association address to the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) general membership at the recent conference in Orlando.Murray said, "Since 2009, the financial state of the association has not been good. Each year the classified network revenue continues to go south."The board of directors has tried numerous changes, including... + Read More

Justo Rey Honored With Presidential Award

Justo Rey was named the recipient of the Community Papers of Florida (CPF) Presidential Award at the recent conference in Orlando.Rey is the president of The Flyer and current CPF treasurer.In making the presentation, President Wendy Murray said, "As I conclude my term as president of the Community Papers of Florida, I am honored to be able to name a recipient of this association to receive... + Read More

Beckerman Award Goes to Sally Yoder

Sally Yoder of The Island Reporter was named the recipient of the Milton and Bernice Beckerman Award at the recent conference in Orlando.In making the presentation, CPF President Wendy Murray said, "We are honored to present the annual Milton and Bernice Beckerman Award to an individual who has devoted years of service to her community and to the free paper industry."The award was... + Read More

2016 Awards for Excellence Winners

The Observer News was the big winner in the annual Community Papers of Florida (CPF) "Awards for Excellence" editorial and graphic awards competition presented at the recent annual conference in Orlando.The weekly newspaper group headquartered in Ruskin picked up 27 awards including six first place trophies, one of which was a Judge's Choice Award.Breeze Newspapers in the Fort Myers... + Read More

PaperChain Update: Leaders Are Readers!

Recently I was invited to speak at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.The event was held at a nature center in the Badger State's beautiful north woods. Theoretically I was there to impart my knowledge of advertising to the group; but, as always, I felt that I was the person who was doing most of the learning. The motivational speaker Charlie "Tremendous" Jones likes to say,... + Read More

The Most Popular Newspaper Training Topics in 2016

It's that time of year again. Depending on when you are reading this, I am either racing against time to prepare for the 20th session of the Newspaper Institute (newspaperinstitute.com), or I am catching my breath after its completion. The Institute takes place at The University of Tennessee and our attendees come from Arizona and Idaho to Florida and New York. In the past, we've had... + Read More

The Challenge of Client Engagement

These days, there's a lot of talk about employee engagement. According to Gallup research, approximately 30 percent of employees in the US and Canada are fully engaged in their jobs; their organizations have won their heads and their hearts, and they are passionate about their work. On the other hand, roughly 50 percent of employees are not engaged; they are essentially going through the... + Read More

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