Media Placement

We specialize in planning and executing the correct advertising strategy for your business with media planning and buying in various fields including Television, Radio, Web and Print.

Design Services

Print. Television. Radio. Digital. We have you covered with great ideas and the latest creative software tools to get the job done.

HD Video Production

From commercial video production to coverage of weddings and corporate events, we have the tools to capture the moments in crystal clear high definition clarity.

Our Team


Our goal is to always provide an exceptional level of service, and we aim for lasting partnerships with our clients - all while having fun doing all this!

Jessica Caprara

Watertown, NY – On January 1st, 2017, Jessica Caprara teamed up with John Murphy to form an equal partnership; morphing Murphy Advertising Agency into the all new J. Murphy & Associates. Jessica’s love of the North Country and the quality of life it has to offer kept her from moving out of the area.

Jessica grew up in Watertown and graduated from General Brown High School in 2005. She attended Nazareth College, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing. Entering the field of Business Management, Ms. Caprara joined the F.X. VW store for two years. In 2012, she became the Business Manager of the F.X. Caprara Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, RAM dealership on Outer Washington Street in Watertown. There, she managed the day to day operations of the business while being involved in the marketing of the franchise.

Jessica was an outstanding player on the Nazareth Womens Lacrosse team while attending the university. She has been a team player on the “Over the Edge” fundraiser for the United Way. She is on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Northern New York Chapter. She enjoys all the outdoors activities that the North Country has to offer with the exception of “Ice Fishing!”

Ms. Caprara is responsible for the overall management of J. Murphy & Associates with an emphasis on Digital Integration. Her knowledge and expertise in traditional media will enable her to target client campaigns in the most effective possible way.

John Murphy

Carthage, NY – John Murphy knows advertising and what it takes to generate results. Prior to starting his agency in Watertown over 31 years ago John sold newspaper advertising for MRS Printing in Gouverneur, NY (owner of nine community newspapers in northern New York State.) John served local businesses creating weekly ads, monitoring results and fine tuning the promotional approach. Promoted to Primary Account Supervisor for the P&C Markets account, John further honed his client services skills.

Totally switching gears and expanding his base knowledge, John then joined WMSA Radio in Massena, NY and threw himself into the world of community broadcasting by serving as Advertising Account Exec., on-air announcer and news reporter. This experience, coupled with his degree from Murray University, provided John with unparalleled insight into the daily demands of a business with retail and public relations emphasis.

In 1983, Roberts Advertising of Syracuse chose John as primary Client Liaison for the Kinney Drug Store chain, directing PR efforts in each of the communities they served. Working with each store’s manager, John helped create consistent media buying for TV, Radio, Newspapers and monthly circulars. John also worked on campaigns for Carthage Machine, Mitts and Merril Shredders, Viking Snow Plows, St. Lawrence National Bank, Carthage Savings Bank, Water Fun Village, Thompson Resorts and Empire Boat Lines.

Forming his own agency in 1986, John served many more new clients and started Castle Cable Advertising in 2001, serving northern New York’s most popular tourist area in the 1000 Islands with exclusive Cable TV Production and placement.

Devon Gillan

Watertown, NY – Born and raised in Watertown, Devon graduated from high school in 2002 and continued his education at Herkimer County Community College graduating in 2004 with a degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting. He then moved to Philadelphia for his love of the cheesesteak and attended Temple University receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Film Production. While living in Philadelphia, Devon worked at Eastern State Penitentiary as part of the building team for the internationally known Halloween attraction Terror Behind The Walls.

He then moved to New York City working in the production of commercials, music videos, and movies. He has worked on many music videos with recording stars such as, Rihanna, Alicia Keyes, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, and Leona Lewis to name a few.

He has also worked on the production of a number of Saturday Night Live Digital Shorts, even appearing in one of them. You can also catch him from time to time alongside the Geico Gecko on the SyFy channel. After several years in production, Devon decided to move into the Art Department to build and work on props and was an Art Department Coordinator for a feature film.

After mastering his craft surrounded by big city life, Devon is ready to share his passion in the only city he can truly call home. He will be wearing many hats for J. Murphy & Associates while focusing the lens on anything creative behind the camera, computer and script.

Josh Lacey

Hammond, NY – Josh joined the team in 2012. A north country native, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art (Graphic Design Concentration) in 2010 from SUNY Plattsburgh. Our resident “Jack of All Trades,” Josh has been involved in a wide array of projects including copy writing, videography, TV and video production, website design and development, publication design, corporate branding and more. Producing an average of eighty five local television commercials a year, Josh’s voice can be heard as the official spokesperson for a number of North Country businesses. From a young age, he has always been amazed with the way advertising plays a part in our daily lives; whether it is the television shows we watch, the clothes we wear or even the food we eat – advertising is everywhere!

Andy Burns

Watertown, NY – Andy graduated in 2004 from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Art Studio with a concentration in Digital Design and Video. Completing a minor in writing, his skills as a technical writer have proven to be very valuable over the years. In addition to his skills as a writer, Andy is also able to create superb design concepts by being able to stand back and fully break down each element of a piece, a self editing process that allows him to see what works and what needs to be tweaked or removed in the projects he works on. With these skills, Andy helps J. Murphy & Associates bring high quality, affordable design to the North Country.

Devin Kelley

Charlotte, NC – Devin grew up in the business, having traveled all over the New England area to attend client meetings with his father at a very young age. Devin is proficient in numerous graphic design programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, Corel Draw, Electric Rain, Swift 3D, Swish, Action Script, XML, HTML, CSS, and Java. With such a broad range of services, he is always working on a wide array of projects at one time. He believes that above all else, relationships are what brings this business together.

Jack Kelley

Potsdam, NY – Jack started his business in Portland, ME after graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence RI in 1974. He has served on the faculties at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME and Russell Sage College in Albany, NY. His knowledge in the visual arts extends over 40 years, from Logo Design, Exhibit Design, Political Campaigns, Billboard and Print Design to Industrial Videos and TV Ads. Working with J. Murphy & Associates over the past 20 years has been a unique experience. Collaborating on shared projects has given clients extended resources at a cost savings advantage in the marketplace today.

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HSBC Building - 120 Washington Street - No. 400 Watertown NY, 13601

J. Murphy & Associates, Inc.
120 Washington Street - Suite 400
Watertown NY, 13601
Phone: (315) 788-4770

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