October 2018

Hear ye, hear ye! CPF is now FMA!

You read that right! The Community Papers of Florida (CPF) is now the Florida Media Association (FMA).The change was recommended by the board of directors and approved by the General Membership at the recent conference in Stuart.With membership and revenue at their lowest point in years, the board made the change to FMA to attract more members from the media. Print is not dead, but it has changed... + Read More

The President's Message: Conference Wrap Up

Can Déjà vu feel different? This feeling of familiarity, of having "already lived through" something is a welcome one; but at the same time, we hope at the end it feels different - heck, even better. This is my second time being trusted with the Presidency of this organization which has been a part of my professional life for so long. I thank the Board of Directors and... + Read More

Nominating Committee Recommendations Confirmed

The nominating committee recommendations for the Florida Media Association (FMA) were confirmed by the general membership at their annual meeting held recently in Stuart.The nominations included five new members to the board: Elaine Buckley and Glen Fetzner of Ocean Media Solutions, Mike and Cristina Jones of The Florida Mariner Magazine, and Renee Brown of Breeze Newspapers.The board of... + Read More

2018 "Awards for Excellence" Winners!

The Florida Mariner Magazine was named "Best of Show" in the 2018 "Awards for Excellence" competition at the recent annual conference in Stuart.The Ponte Vedra Recorder took home the most awards with a total of 22, including a Judge's Choice award and nine first place plaques. Close behind was the Laker/Lutz News with 19 awards, including six for... + Read More

Super "Survivor" Idea Fair Results!

First place winner Tracy Volz did a happy dance before accepting her $1,000 check from outgoing President Farris Robinson. Mariella Oliva is thrilled with her second place $750 prize. The third place winners - Kayla Evans, Lora Uber and Heather Donaldson - were not able to be at the banquet when the checks were presented, but were very happy to accept their $500 bounty at work the following... + Read More

The "News Guru" Speaks: A Mighty Unusual Time

Have we ever experienced a time like this in the news business?I've been noticing a couple of patterns lately, and I wonder if you have been, too.More for fun than anything, and to keep up with as much as possible in the newspaper business, I created stateofnewspapers.com a few months back. A quick check at the unique visitor stats indicate many of you have been to the site. To keep... + Read More

Sales Training: Going to a networking event?

A lot of newspapers encourage sales people to attend networking events. When one of these events pops up on your calendar, here are a few things to keep in mind: 1. Have realistic expectations. C-level executives and sales people go to different events. As a sales person, you probably won't meet many decision makers from your target companies. Frankly speaking, top ranked decision makers... + Read More

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