The newspaper industry isn’t much different than many other industries — we have buzzwords and lingo that to an outsider might be a little confusing at times.

Chad Frey The newspaper industry isn’t much different than many other industries — we have buzzwords and lingo that to an outsider might be a little confusing at times.

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The newspaper industry isn’t much different than many other industries — we have buzzwords and lingo that to an outsider might be a little confusing at times.

Like, for example, the letters “CPJ” that has flown around quite a bit in our newsroom the last couple of years.

CPJ stands for “Community Partner Journalism,” something we here at the Kansan made a real focus in 2011, and will continue for 2012.

The idea is to focus with groups, usually ones trying desperately to get attention from the local paper, and give them a standardized form to get information out to the public in the paper.

For us, that has meant the weekly profiles print readers have seen quite a bit of. Tuesday’s Law Enforcement Profile; Thursday’s Non-Profit Profile; Friday’s Profile in Faith and What to do this weekend; and Wednesday’s Artist Profile are a part of the effort.

The purpose is to get more local faces into our newspaper, and more reader involvement. We want readers to be involved — and not only through the writing of letters to the editor. Readers can suggest people to profile, and we follow up on those suggestions. Not everyone who is suggested wants to be profiled, but we do ask.

So now you know one of our buzzwords, CPJ.