Celebrate Free Community Paper Month in July!
Free Paper Industry insiders know and recognize the valuable service community papers provide to readers and advertisers, but all too often in the hustle and bustle of today's fast-paced world we become so wrapped up in publishing that those important facts get overlooked.

For the benefit of publishers of this valuable service, and for future generations of community paper publishers who will follow, it's important to remind those we serve of our important role in their community and to toot our horn just a little bit. Through the efforts of PaperChain, July has been established as Free Community Paper month.

PaperChain is the common link between all the national, regional and state free community paper organizations which makes it the logical choice to lead the charge to organize a recognition and celebration of the grassroots industry.

The PaperChain members believe the noble mission of Free Community Papers fits perfectly with the national celebration of freedom the United States so proudly enjoys.

The concepts of freedom, liberty and the rights we hold so dear provide the nation's community papers with the perfect backdrop to remind the country of the valuable services the industry bring to millions of homes each week.

In the spirit of independence and freedom celebrated nationwide every July, we need free paper publishers' help to spread the word and demonstrate the reach of this industry. We encourage you do this by joining with other free papers nationwide through a celebration of the Free Community Paper Industry during the entire month of July.

Here are few thing PaperChain can offer to help you with your celebration:

• Shown above is the Free Community Paper Month Logo. Please use this logo often on your mast head, folios, promotional ads, articles and as fillers throughout your paper leading up to and during the month of July. For original artwork and PDF's of the artwork, visit http://paperchain.org/freepapermonth.html

• Attached below is a sample ad from previous years of the celebration. Check back [on the PaperChain website] from time to time as new ads will be posted and the creative materials get updated. The promotional ads will also be distributed by your state, regional and national associations. (Note: Additional ads for both print and web are available for download in the members-only portion of the CPF Website. If you've lost the username and password to access that portion of the site, contact Barbara at the CPF office.)

• We encourage all free paper publishers to put together a prize package for their readers to be able to enter and win locally. It doesn't need to extravagant, but we know prizes always peak reader interest.

• Publishers are asked not to alter the Free Paper Month logo, but please use it often. We encourage you to localize the ad and draw your reader's attention to the important role your paper and staff play in this industry and how this industry stimulates the local and national economy.

• We are all so very busy these days but we also encourage you to brainstorm with your staff and find ways to use the month of July to highlight your publication's accomplishments and the many ways your publications help drive and support the local economy. (Additional ideas are attached below.)

• The 2016 celebration is only as big as you choose to make it. Ask your town fathers, city council and county government to consider taking action on a local proclamation formally recognizing Free Community Paper Month. Suggested proclamation verbiage can also be found at http://paperchain.org/freepapermonth.html.

Your paper has made a great investment in your community and this industry. Only you and your staff can help us bring that story alive to your readers in this consolidated industry-wide effort. Please consider active participation in the July 2016 Free Community Paper Month. Visit us on Facebook and let us know your plans for Free Community Paper Month.

Thank you in advance for all you do to enhance the industry with every issue you publish and with your support with this project.

– Dan Alexander, PaperChain Chair


Ideas for celebrating Free Paper Month
Sample Free Paper Month Ad


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