May 2018

Fetzner Named AFCP's Publisher of the Year

Glen Fetzner was named the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) Publisher of the Year at the recent annual conference in Baltimore.Fetzner is the owner and publisher of Ocean Media Solutions on the Treasure Coast in Florida.In making the presentation, last year's recipient, Dan Buendo said, "One of the highest honors AFCP can bestow on a participating member is the Publisher of... + Read More

Delatorre Elected AFCP President

Charlie Delatorre was elected president of the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) at the annual conference in Baltimore.Delatorre is the owner and publisher of Tower Publications in Gainesville, Fla.He has served AFCP for a number of years, including being a member of the board of directors, and has served in officer positions for the association. He has served numerous chair positions... + Read More

The President's Message: We're Gearing Up for the 2018 Conference!

The Community Papers of Florida's 2017 conference at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina at Stuart was well received by the members who attended.It was affordable, the location was great, the service was good and the beach was just a short walk away.So why not go back for the 2018 conference?That is what the board of directors decided to do. We will return to Stuart for... + Read More

Seeking Nominations for the 2018 Beckerman Award

Milton and Bernice Beckerman, CPF associate members for more than 25 years, were newspaper brokers with big hearts. In 1993 they placed $15,000 in a fund with the intent that a CPF publisher (or a member of his or her staff) be recognized annually for oustanding community service. The CPF Board of Directors is delighted to bring back this prestigious award.If you have been involved in sponsoring... + Read More

CPF Publications Win Big at AFCP's Annual Conference

In a repeat of last year's successes in the Association of Free Community Paper's annual "Best of the Best" awards competition, Tower Publications in Gainesville, Florida, was once again the top award winner with a total of 22 honors, including six first place trophies.In a special advertising design contest for ads that featured a Partnership for Drug Free Kids, Hank McAfee of... + Read More

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces "PRINT" Act to Protect Publishers

The Bill Would Suspend Newsprint Tariffs While Government Studies Effects on U.S. IndustriesIn an effort to protect printers and publishers from unwarranted tariffs, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced S. 2835, the "Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018," or "PRINT Act." Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV),... + Read More

It's Not Too Early to Plan Free Paper Month Activities!

What are YOU going to do to celebrate Free Paper Month in July?It's not too early to start planning activities that will both involve and inform your readers. While those of us in the Free Paper Industry recognize the valuable service free papers offer to our advertisers and readers, the only way to ensure that they recognize our value is to toot our own horn. See page 10 for some great ideas... + Read More

The News Guru Speaks: Newspaper Dominoes Fall

So much to write about, so little space. It's been a whirlwind of a week for me, beginning in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I caught a flight for a "quick trip" to Winnipeg, before heading home for a couple of days, then heading to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Lincoln, Nebraska.On Saturday night, as I prepared to make my journey home, my plans were waylaid by a blizzard which shut... + Read More

Postal Product People Attended the AFCP Conference

The entire USPS Product Team with responsibility for the type of mail products used by free paper publishers attended, and connected, with publishers and product show venders at the annual AFCP Conference in Baltimore. As guests of AFCP and MACPA, with Donna Hanbery, executive director of the Saturation Mailers Coalition (SMC) as tour guide, the team got a "deep dive" into all things... + Read More

Sales Training: An Alternative to Spec Ads

Gus is an advertiser who has dealt with ad representatives from a variety of media firms. "One thing that a lot of them have in common is that they like to present new ad ideas in the beginning," he said. "It's nice that they make the effort to create spec ads, but most of those ideas are way off target. When I point out the reasons why certain ads are not right for me, they... + Read More

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