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The website management systems (CMS or newspaper CMS) we work with for newspaper web design have the flexibility for your newsroom, advertising department, and circulation departments to have a website that works together seamlessly: posting news, taking subscriptions, and submitting / tracking ads. Our sites are designed to work within your business plan. With a background in technology, the new industry and efficiency, Surf New Media offers complete web development at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. More Information

John Sokolich (Owner of Surf New Media)

Surf New Media was founded by John Sokolich and currently includes a staff of two full-time web programmers, three web designers, and an office assistant/bookkeeper. Based on the philosophy that solid web design should be affordable to all businesses, our staff works hard to ensure each website we produce is complete, functional and eye-catching.

We believe that a website should work for your business both as a marketing tool and revenue-bearing addition. We look forward to serving you with a personal touch. We are hard-working and laid back and always at your service.

Below is John Sokolich's resume


Surf New Mdia, Saco, ME. November 2004-Present
Owner, Web Designer, Web Programmer, Consultant

Owner of Maine Web FX, a Website design firm in Saco, Maine and owner of Surf New Media (based in Naples, Florida). Company includes Web applications, Web design, content management systems and Web programming. Currently Surf New Media has clients throughout the United States, Australia, the South Pacific, South America and Africa and has won design awards from the American Association of Webmasters in 2005 and 2006; and has been recognized by Press Associations in various parts of the United States.


  • Drupal (Content Management System)
  • PHP programming
  • CSS programming
  • Drupal module development
  • Client portfolio

The Addison Independent, Middlebury, Vt. April 2003- Present
Webmaster/Information Technologies

Sole computer consultant for network of 30 computers. Information technologies, including computer repair and maintenance. Web developer for five websites owned by the Addison Independent all based on the Drupal CMS system.


  • Increased online subscriptions to website by 320 percent within first year
  • Integrated social networking, shopping carts and interactive media to all sites
  • Awarded Third Place for multi-media web integration from the New England Press Association

The Daily News-Sun, Sun City, Ariz. October 2000-March 2003
Northwest Valley News, Surprise Today
State and Local Government/Cops and Crime Reporter

For the first three months at the Daily News-Sun, I covered Sun City community government. Duties included working closely with community officials as well as Northwest Valley and State governments.

After completing the probationary period of the job, I was promoted to the newspaper’s cops and crime position. Duties included crime reporting for El Mirage, Glendale, Peoria, the Sun Cities, Surprise and Youngtown. My work closely tied into governments within the Northwest Valley, including coverage of Luke Air Force Base.

From there, my beat area was extended to include political coverage on the state and local front. Particularly, I’ve concentrated my efforts on local elections and candidates, including Peoria Mayor John Keegan’s bid for Congress.

Weekly requirements: 10 - 12 articles for Daily News-Sun, localizing stories for the Northwest Valley News and Surprise Today. Circulation: 19,500 (daily); 90,000+ (weekly).


  • Beat area includes all Northwest Valley communities
  • Multiple page-one articles written about local government and issues
  • Coverage of crime, education, disasters and local perspectives
  • Enterprise reporting on city profiles, crime and public safety
  • Contributed to Web site development for all three publications


  • Arizona Associated Press - April 2002, Third Place Winner for Breaking News (Deadline Reporting) Coverage

West Valley View, Litchfield Park, Ariz. August 2000-October 2000
Cops and Crime Reporter

Worked as a cops and crime reporter, covering all aspects of police-related issues. Weekly requirements included police logs and some local government reporting. Average of 10 articles per week. Circulation: 35,000 (weekly).

Brattleboro Reformer, Brattleboro, Vt. July 1999-July 2000
General Assignment, Beat Reporter

Worked as a general assignment reporter on weekends, and a beat reporter mid-week. Daily requirements included two articles per day and additional coverage in the Arts and Entertainment section of the newspaper. Articles ranged from hard news to features. Circulation: 13,000.


  • Beat area included 17 towns
  • Multiple page-one articles written
  • Coverage of crime, education, disasters and local government
  • Enterprise reporting on special education and ski resorts

Rutland Daily Herald, Rutland, Vt. 1992-1994, 1996, 1997-1998
Columnist; Youth Page / Freelance; Next Page

Wrote a bi-weekly column about the youth of Rutland County. Eventually the column led to more hard news concerning the youth of the city. Also wrote other related youth material such as youth work profiles and additional news that was of interest to the youth and adults in the Rutland region.


  • Founded “Our Voice”—Youth Page column
  • Reported on youth activities and teen interests in the Rutland area
  • Articles ranged from “Parental Advisories” on CD’s to “Out Working” segments

WCAX TV-3 (CBS), Burlington, Vt. 1994-1997
Reporter’s Assistant/Cameraman

Started as a paid internship through college, but led to full-time work as a reporter’s assistant. Worked directly with bureau chiefs and reporters in appointment setting, production and editing of television news packages.


  • Produced several high-profile crime story packages
  • Became editing assistant for the Rutland, Vt., bureau

Killington Inc., Killington, Vt. November 1997-July 1999
Vacation Marketing/Public Relations

Worked in marketing and public relations for the American Skiing Company resort. Duties included work in sales and vacation marketing. Worked closely at attracting business to vacation at the resort as well as maintained established group vacationers. Other duties included entire production of the public newsletter, ski-show flyers and brochures. Implemented sales brochures and various advertising-tool production.


  • Revamped entire newsletter
  • Sole graphic designer in department
  • Designed and produced bulk of all media for department

The Fine Line Public Relation, Rutland, Vt. 1996-2000
Assistant Director of School Relations

Assistant director for a public relations firm aimed at schools looking to implement media into their curriculums. Worked to start school newspapers and launch school television programs. Also worked on several community relations projects within the school as well as emergency evaluation and implementation during a series of bomb threats at local schools.

Mill River Union High School, N. Clarendon, Vt. 1995-1996
Media Consultant/Public Relations/IT

Worked closely with students in production aspects of newsletters and video and computers. Helped with video production and news gathering and writing. Edited and promoted education benefits and wrote materials for each media produced by and in the school. Took special interest in developing the school’s new media program.


Graduate - Mill River Union High School, 1993.
Bachelor of Science in Communications (concentration: Journalism/Public Relations) from Castleton State College, 1998.