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Our First PaperChain Committee Meeting and Dinner

Who do you Know?

Do You Know What Year, it was taken and Where?
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The mission of PaperChain is to promote Community Papers and our Industry

PaperChain is the unified network of free community papers spanning North America.

PaperChain is the Industry Voice for its 13 states, regional and national associations. We combine the power of North America's community papers, which includes hundreds of unique publications totaling millions of circulation each week.

The mission of PaperChain is to promote Community Papers and our Industry.

PaperChain member publications are:
  • Community Newspapers
  • Shopping Guides
  • Entertainment, Weeklies
  • Business News
  • Niche Publications

And are targeted to reach readers of various lifestyles :
  • Family
  • Alternative
  • Religious
  • Professional
  • Ethnic
  • Affluent
  • Baby Boomers
  • Suburban
  • Arts & Cultural
  • Multilingual
  • Employment

Hometown Community Papers, the best things in life are still free:

For over 200 years, local community papers have endured, grown and evolved to continually provide news, opportunity and information that s relevant, interesting and unsurpassed value to advertisers.

Today free community papers are published in every major market and nearly every town throughout the country with a combined circulation that exceeds all paid dailies.

Leading the Trend:

From whence it all began, free community papers were embraced by a community and its people. From there, an idea came forth to force consumers to pay for news and information. For awhile this methodology worked, however in recent years the industry has shifted with paid media on the decline, and local media flourishing.

Exceptional Value & Opportunity:

Local community papers can be nimble, responsive and best of all, capable of customizing programs to meet the unique needs of media buyers and their clients.

Flexibility With Uniformity:

is key to an effective media buy. We can customize your ad buy to target your message.

With PaperChain membership, local newspapers and shopping guides have joined together to meet the standards of today's media buyer. Do the research and reap the benefits of PaperChain s flexibility with uniformity - circulation, quality production, and proof of performance. 

PaperChain Board and Committee Members

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Dan Alexander
Sun Community News & Printing
P:  518-873-6368   x206
F: 518-873-6360
C:  518-669-5903
Web: www.suncommunitynews.com
E:  dan@suncommunitynews.com

Vice Chair

 Douglas Fry
P.O. Box 456, Zip 38402
104 Westland Dr.
Columbia, TN 38401
P: 931-223-5708
F: 888-450-8329
E: info@sapatoday.com
(SAPA Voting Member)
(IFPA Voting Member)

Loren Colburn
Association of Free Community Papers
7445 Morgan Road, Suite 103
Liverpool, NY  13090
P: 877-203-2327
F: 781-459-7770
E: loren@afcp.org

Past Chair
John Draper
Free Star
P. O. Box 277
Pipestone, MN 56164
P: 507-825-3333
F: 507-825-2168
E: jdraper@pipestonestar.com
(MFCP Voting Member)

Jack Guza
Community Papers of Michigan
1451 East Lansing Drive – Suite 213 B
East Lansing, MI 48823
P: 800-783-0267
F: 517-333-3322
C: 517-242-0203
E: jackguza@cpapersmi.com
(CPM Voting Member)
Greg Birkett
The Dubuque Advertiser
2966 John F. Kennedy Road
Dubuque, IA 52002
P:  563-588-0162
C: 563-580-1565
E: gbirkett@dbqadvertiser.com
(AFCP Voting Member)

Alyse Mitten
PO Box 408 Hamburg, PA 19526
P: 800-450-7227
F: 610-743-8500
E: info@macpa.net
(MACPA Voting Member)

Douglas Fry
P.O. Box 456, Zip 38402
104 Westland Dr.
Columbia, TN 38401
P: 931-223-5708
F: 888-450-8329
E: info@sapatoday.com
(SAPA Voting Member)
(IFPA Voting Member)

Karen Sawicz
Lake Country Pennysaver
70 North Main Street
Albion, NY 14411C:
P: 585-589-5641
E: Karen@lakecountrypennysaver
 (FCPNY Voting Member)

Kelly Coy 
Midwest Free Community Papers
PO Box 5720
Coralville, IA 52241
P: 319-341-4352
OR 800-248-4061
F: 319-343-1112
E:  director@mfcp.org

Janelle Anderson
Wisconsin Community Papers
101 South Main Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
P: 800-727-8745
C: 414-588-8595
F: 920-922-0861
E: janderson@wisad.com
Jay Lenerdorfer
The Weekly Mailer
221 W. Main Street
Burley, ID 83318
P: 208-678-6643
E: jay@theweeklymailer.com
(PNAWAN Voting Member)

J.W. Owens
National Community Media Alliance 
P:  531-372-5922
C: 863-634-8499
E: jwowens.ms@gmail.com



As a member, you receive the benefits of membership in PaperChain.

No question, we want to make placing media in community papers the easiest, most efficient process possible. So, whether you need to contact one or 1,000 papers, you can do it with PaperChain. We've established limited points of contact so that, with the support of all of our member associations, our network is able to deliver tailored media planning to your clients. As PaperChain evolves with its service, our goal will be to make sure you're not inundated with paperwork by combining individual invoices into one convenient statement.

A Hub of Advantage
Our national network serves as your clearinghouse for our fifteen member associations and every PaperChain member publication. No matter what you need, our team can handle it for you, including:
  • Research
  • Zoned Buys
  • Audit Reports
  • ROPs
  • Preprints
  • Specialty Programs

PaperChain Brand Blueprint

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Benefit of Publishers

By:  PaperChain Marketing Committee

Industry insiders know and recognize the valuable service our 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 the unique service we provide to their community and to toot our horn just a little bit.

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 our grassroots industry.

The PaperChain members believe the 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 blue-chip services we bring to millions of homes each week.

In the spirit of independence and freedom celebrated nationwide every July we need your help to spread the word and demonstrate the reach of our industry across this great land. We encourage you to 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 things PaperChain can offer to help you with your celebration;

Shown below is the Free Community Paper Month Logo. Please use this logo often on your masthead, folios, promotional ads, articles and as fillers throughout your paper leading up to and during July. For original artwork and PDF's of the artwork visit

Also available are sample ads, posters and creative ideas for the celebration. Check back from time to time as new information will be available, as the creative materials are submitted from publications around the country.

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 be 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 ads 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 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. The 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 is available at https://www.paperchain-usa.com/community-paper-month.

Your paper has made a great investment in your community and the industry as a whole. Only you and your staff can help us bring that story alive to your readers in this consolidated nation-wide effort.

Please consider active participation in the July 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.


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