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THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA - ABOUT US

Who uses us?

  • Reporters
  • Lobbyists
  • Government agencies
  • Political groups
  • Associations
  • Trade groups
  • Law firms
  • Government-affairs professionals

What do we produce?

  • Advances: comprehensive look at the  week ahead
  • Daily schedule of state government events
  • Morning and evening advisories of developing news
  • Customized alerts of action on subscriber-selected issues
  • Continually-updated Web site tracking the daily news
  • Press releases available online and searchable
  • Gavel-to-gavel coverage of House and Senate sessions
  • Stories about daily events
  • Exclusive feature stories
  • Roundup: Weekly recap of the news 
  • Web-headline archive, giving historical digest 
  • Archives of news coverage 
  • Archives of press releases 
  • Audio coverage of selected capitol events
  • Video coverage of selected relevant events
  • Photos

How to use us best?

Subscribers who use the Web site get by far the best deal because it's updated constantly with the latest breaking news and stories. It also provides instant access to our historical archives encompassing every single piece of news the News Service of Florida has ever covered.  But the most important products can also be delivered via e-mail, fax, and hard copy.  

We want you to know everything we do about what's going to happen at the Capitol.
Over the weekend or on Monday, read the Advances to get a comprehensive look at what's expected to make news in the week ahead and why.  First thing each weekday, check the schedule to see what's slated for the governor, Legislature and agencies.  Throughout the day, check for sked updates and Editor's advisories on the site to see what the News Service is covering that day and what's making news at the State House; the advisories also contain story ideas for news editors.  Check again for another advisory at the end of the day, as you plan tomorrow. 

The News Service web site is intended to be a virtual Capital bureau on your desktop.
The News Service web site is updated constantly; as soon as a press release is received or an event takes place, we put up a short description.  Headlines about press releases usually give a contact name and number.  The text of most press releases is posted shortly after the  headline goes up.  News stories about daily events usually go out a few hours after the headline appears.   We also produce exclusive feature stories about newsmakers and issues; those usually go out in the late afternoon.   Over time, we are building a photo archive, and the photos we post on our Web site are slowly getting more attention and demand.  

Along with the daily news stories and exclusive features, the News Service produces gavel-to-gavel coverage of every action taken and every speech given on the floor of the House and Senate.  Legislative action is posted and sent out ASAP; again Web users have the advantage because the headlines alert subscribers of major actions right away.

The News Service also has an alert system by which subscribers can identify their issues of interest in advance, and get notified via email when our copy mentions those topics.  The service is a free add on to the service for any subscriber who requests it. 

Reporters and government affairs professionals doing research use our archives over the web. 


Ownership

Craig Sandler earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Massachusetts and a master’s of public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He started his journalism career at the State House News Service in Boston 1988 in and subsequently served as a State House reporter for the TAB and Community Newspaper Co. chains before joining the Sun of Lowell, MA as a political reporter in 1994. He left the Sun to buy the News Service in 1996 and has been a managing partner ever since; he founded The News Service of Florida in 2008.
 

Russel Pergament has worked in newspapers and related media his entire professional life. In 1979 Russel and his partners launched TAB Weeklies in suburban Boston and in 1993 when the group grew to 14 weeklies they were purchased by Fidelity Capital. He was first publisher at startup Boston Metro in 2001. In 2006 his team launched amNewYork, which rocketed to #1 circulation status in Manhattan. Tribune Company acquired his interests in 2006. In 2007 he launched interactive daily BostonNOW which was ahead of its time in integrating reader content into the news delivery. Russel is a managing partner in century-old www.statehousenews.com in Boston and four year old www.newsserviceflorida.com in Tallahassee, two fully staffed legislative news gathering wire services that provide hard news and analysis to every major daily in their respective states.

 

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