Lynn Berry, a 32-year associate of the Clovis News Journal, soon will take on new duties with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico.
Berry will become FNNM’s first Community Relations/Newspapers In Education coordinator. He will continue his circulation duties until his successor is on board, FNNM Publisher Ray Sullivan said. That search has begun.
“Lynn has been circulation director of the Clovis News Journal since October 1990, and for FNNM since it was formed in April 1997,” Sullivan said. “He has rebuilt the department and his team into a customer-focused team serving our three newspapers’ six-county circulation area.
“Lynn’s team has delivery complaint ratios that are among the lowest in our parent company’s Community Newspaper Division.”
In his new assignment, Berry will focus on expansion of FNNM’s successful NIE program, which provides 7,000 free newspapers a week to children in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties during the school year. His goals here will include providing curriculum ideas and instructional materials to teachers, as well as NIE sponsor relations.
Berry’s other duties will include transportation, community relations and building and grounds maintenance for FNNM. Besides the News Journal, the group includes the buildings for Portales News-Tribune, Freedom Printing in Portales and the Quay County Sun in Tucumcari.
Berry said he started his career with Freedom and the Clovis News Journal as a mailroom driver in 1971.
“I have held several positions in the circulation department including mailroom driver, mailroom foreman, assistant circulation manager and circulation director,” he said.
And he’s seen a number of changes.
“Over the years,” he said, “I’ve seen the newsroom go from typewriters to computers, the press from hot lead and black-and-white capabilities to an offset press with many color options, and the circulation records go from 5-by-7 index cards to large database computer systems.
“Before we became a morning newspaper, most of our delivery force was youth carriers. But as we changed our delivery from p.m. to a.m., all of the home delivery routes have changed from kids to adults.”
Berry said he is excited about his new challenge.
“As I step into a new role, I’m looking forward to working with the teachers in our communities and help provide curriculum materials to improve reading skills for our young people and also to work with local non-profit organizations and civic groups,” he said.
Among his non-profit activities, Berry has been active on two Curry County non-profit boards of directors — the Shelter for Domestic Abuse and the Salvation Army. He’s also active in Central Christian Church, where he coaches the youth softball team.
Sullivan said, “As we created this multifaceted role, we saw how Lynn’s experience and community commitments would tie in well. He’s an outgoing, hands-on guy. His dedication to Clovis and his three decades at the News Journal means he knows more people who live in the region than most of us could hope to meet in twice the time.”
In his community role, Berry will work closely with Holly Glenn, FNNM’s first marketing and events director. They will work to solidify the group’s community outreach and media dominance in the region, Sullivan said.
Berry has a daughter, Jennifer, in her third year at Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Lansing, Mich.; and a son Blake, a junior at Clovis High School.
Lynn and his wife Marty are lifelong residents of Clovis.