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How Florida’s newspapers grew, prospered and struggled

It was 1782, the last year of the American Revolution, when British loyalist Dr. William Charles Wells arrived in St. Augustine. The South Carolinian brought with him a pressman, a “considerable amount of printer’s type,” and a dream. On Feb. 1, 1783, Wells launched Florida’s first newspaper, The East-Florida Gazette. In its third issue, readers learned…
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$25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability

The entry period for the UF College of Journalism and Communications $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability is now open. The prize, now in its third year, honors the best in state government investigative and political reporting in every state. The prize is one of the largest journalism awards in the nation. We encourage…
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Public Notice Alert: Best Practice #5

As indicated previously, FPA is circulating best internal practices that address several areas in the new public notice bill (HB 35). The latest BP #5 outlines the data FPA must collect from members and publish in a quarterly report, as well as guidance to members on uploading this information on a timely basis to FPA’s…
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Latest Public Notice Newsletter Available: Discussion and Some Q and As on the New Newspaper Website Notice Option

By FPA Staff We have discussed in previous newsletters the new thresholds for newspaper legal notice qualification in the new Florida public notice law, HB 35. In the next newsletter, a second major area of the bill is addressed, and this relates to newspaper website-only notification. Specifically, the bill gives “government agencies” the option to…
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How can Publishers meet Community needs and drive Traffic?

Learn more by joining us for the Florida Press Association’s next VIP roundtable discussion on Tuesday, September 14 at 2 pm EST. This session brought to you by Modulist will focus on simple, cost-saving, and trustworthy solutions for newspapers to help individuals and businesses tell their stories, how they want them told. To register click…
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Amid Rampant COVID Misinformation, Floridians Turn to Newspapers for Reliable, Accurate News, Survey Finds

Craving accuracy amid a barrage of COVID-19 misinformation, Florida news consumers are turning to the traditional trusted source of reliable information: newspapers, particularly the online content. A newly released survey shows that four in five Floridians say they get “some” or “a lot” of their coronavirus information from newspapers or their online editions. A majority…
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Let’s get your business back to business.

The new normal in our lives is starting to take hold and we’re seeing mounting desire to recharge America’s economy. For many of our local businesses, now is the time to welcome your customers back. As our smaller and mid-sized businesses think about launch-back plans, please don’t forget to leverage the professionals that have been…
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A special thank you to a new class of first responders – our community responders!

Of all the things we have in common, there is nothing in anyone’s memory like the COVID-19 pandemic, and its disruption to our health, economy, workplaces and personal lives. While we share the hope that we never again see anything like it, let’s pause to look at the good that has emerged from these troubling times. When calamity hits, we often look at…
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In COVID-19 Uncertainty, 2020 Census Counts Even More

As the impacts of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, continue to spread across our state and nation, so too does the uncertainty it brings to every community it touches. Businesses are shuttering, everything is canceled, unemployment is climbing at a record pace, and Congress is passing the largest disaster relief bill in our nation’s history, directing…
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During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, newspapers are in full force for our local businesses

It’s game on. Small and medium local businesses are truly the backbone of our communities. For hundreds of years, local newspapers have had a partnership with the local business community of which we are part. Florida businesses like the rest of the country have come to a screeching halt and are feeling the loss of…
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