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National Newspaper Association hails role of Vero Beach 32963 in saving Simpson home

The monthly publication of the National Newspaper Association, read by editors and publishing executives all over the country, featured Vero Beach 32963 on the front page of its February issue hailing its role in leading a community effort to save the home of Kristen Simpson, whose husband had been murdered.

“The tragedy of a local murder was going to be compounded by the loss of the family’s home until the local paper, Vero Beach 32963, stepped in,” the lead story reported under the headline: FL weekly rallies community to save family’s home.

The article goes on to tell how a story about the family’s plight in Vero Beach 32963 produced an outpouring of community interest in helping the Simpsons, and resulted in the paper taking the lead in organizing a fund-raising effort that in just three weeks raised the needed $220,000.

“This demonstrates a community newspaper’s ability to rally the community to a common cause,” the story quoted 32963 publisher Milton R. Benjamin as saying.

The article relates how even though Vero Beach has long been served by a Scripps daily paper, Vero Beach 32963 was started a little more than five years ago “in the belief the community would benefit from its own paper; one that would focus on the local news.”

What the story does not mention is that almost two months after the save-the-home campaign was concluded and the deed signed over to Kristen Simpson, there has still been no coverage of this local Vero Beach news by the Scripps Press Journal.

The National Newspaper Association magazine, Publishers Auxiliary, also reprinted in its entirety the story that appeared in Vero Beach 32963 by staff writer Meg Laughlin reporting the happy outcome for the Simpson family.

The National Newspaper Association is the nation’s largest newspaper organization with 2,200 members. Vero Beach 32963 has been a member of NNA since 2009.