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Special Offered for KOZ Community Publishing System V3.O

Magazine article Information Today

Special Offered for KOZ Community Publishing System V3.O

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KOZ, Inc. has announced an offer--as of December 8, 1998--to waive first-year licensing and hosting fees for its new Community Publishing System (CPS) v3.0 for the first 50 newspapers to sign 1-year contracts. According to the company, KOZ has enabled thousands of towns, nonprofit associations, families, schools, sports teams, and other organizations to form fully functional online communities using one of the world's simplest and most powerful "click-and-type" group communication and publishing tools on the Web.

"This offer from KOZ will entice many local news organizations--especially newspapers that have not been satisfied by the so-called community-tools vendors--to try one of the industry's most talked-about, elegant, and robust online community platforms," said Michael E. Moran, CEO of KOZ.

"With the official rollout of CPS version 3.0 last week, we're confident that the industry finally can have a platform for online community development that will scale quickly and address almost all of the online communication and publishing needs of average computer users," Moran said. "Based on successful deployment among early customers and partners, KOZ is confident that advertising revenues will flow into each newspaper's community site as the publishers commit to an attractive marketing campaign that includes print promotion."

Several major news organizations already have implemented online community initiatives based on KOZ's CPS, including:

* Maine Communities Online (http://www.mainecommunities.com)--Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.'s statewide online service that links and fosters community interaction with support by the private and public sectors, including the state government, nonprofit organizations, and commercial interests

* North Jersey Community (http://www.njcommunity. …

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