Happy April. The month that brings you  April Fool’s Day (did you get fooled?), Ramadan, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Passover, Easter Sunday, Earth Day, Administrative Professionals Day (4/27 if you need to get something, you have time), and Holocaust Remembrance Day…Oh and the ever-dreaded Tax Day. Baseball season actually got started on time this year after some tense negotiations. Something we aren’t fooling around with is our new look. You are the first to see our new LOGO (on the banner, did you miss it?). Following soon will be our new website and social media rollouts. The first quarter of the year is over, I hope you all beat your goals and are well on your way to a monster Q2. If you have any tips, please share them for the good of the group. We are in full swing of the busy spring season in Arizona where we have already had 90+ degree days. yay!The ANA is hard at work right now, here are some things to look at for:

  • BNC and Excellence in Advertising entries open on May 1st. We are finalizing changes and the packets will be emailed out soon.
  • The Directory – yes, we are behind, but it’s almost ready to go to press so be on the lookout for that soon.
  • ANA produced educational training will launch its first course in June. More to come on that in May.
  • As I said earlier – our new Website will be launching soon as well. We are just working out the final bugs.

We have exciting news from CITIZENS CLEAN ELECTION COMMISSION:The ANA, working with Citizen’s Clean Election Commission and the ABA will be able to offer each of you the opportunity to live simulcast general election debates in October for both Arizona Governor and US Senate.Additionally, there will be the opportunity to stream other Legislative District debates. Here is a link to the schedule. If you have questions or want to be included – you must reach out to me.The goal behind this offering is to use the collective reach of Arizona news media to showcase local media as a trusted source during what we all know will be a contentious election season.I need you to reach out to me ASAP if you wish to be involved!This month we direct our spotlight to the White Mountain Independent. Please see more on them below. And as always, I welcome news, phone calls, comments and questions from all of you – please. Do you read this at all? L.simpson@ananews.com, cell: 602-326-9588, office: 602-261-7655