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FPA Column Partnership

FPA and Column recently entered into a partnership to provide services that will augment FPA’s aggregated public notice website at, which will continue to be free for use by the public to access and search for public notices and by FPA members to upload their notices as required by Florida law. Further, FPA will be supporting Column’s efforts to market its software platform product used by media businesses to support governments and the legal sector in the process of notifying the public. (more…)

Thanks for joining us! FPA VIP Roundtable…How can publishers meet community needs and drive traffic?

Thanks to everyone who participated in FPA’s (VIP) roundtable event “How Can Publishers meet community needs and drive traffic” held on September 14 at 2pm. (more…)

Plan now for your year-end giving campaign…Join the Florida Community News Fund today!

The Florida Press Foundation, a 501 ( c) (3) non-profit organization has created the Florida Community News Fund to help ensure Florida’s newspapers can continue fulfilling their mission of providing consistent, fact based information to the public. The program will allow FPA member newspapers to solicit tax-deductible donations to support coverage of public affairs and current events using individual campaign portals setup by FPF. (more…)

Legal Update

Public Notice Alert: Future internal memos soon available for best practices in implementing HB 35

Over the last several weeks we have circulated newsletter templates for your use in discussing the basic requirements of the new public notice law changes (HB 35) and providing various questions and answers and other analysis for use in implementing the law. We hope the newsletters are helpful and that newspapers will use them to directly communicate with their local governments, clerks, and other entities that provide public notices to citizens. (more…)


Byron Dobson named Community Editor of Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee Democrat senior writer and newsroom veteran Byron Dobson has been named Community Editor of the newspaper and online news site, Editor William Hatfield announced Friday.

Among other duties, he will oversee the paper’s Opinion pages, relaunch an internship program for students at Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication and assist in editing local news. (more…)

Florida Weekly names new Fort Myers editor

Florida Weekly, publisher of nine newspapers throughout the state, has a new Fort Myers editor.

Eric Raddatz, an award-winning journalist and a longtime Cape Coral resident, has been named editor of Fort Myers Florida Weekly, the company’s flagship newspaper.

He replaces Betty Wells, who has moved to the position of managing editor, overseeing all Florida Weekly publications. (more…)

Special Features

Report for America opens newsroom applications, expands opportunity to hire more journalists

The deadline for news organizations interested in partnering with Report for America to host emerging and experienced journalists in their newsrooms is Sept. 30. (more…)

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