Big Bend Sentinel reporter subpoenaed in Prada Marfa vandalism case E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:13



PRESIDIO and JEFF DAVIS COUNTIES — Investigators have served a Big Bend Sentinel reporter with a subpoena in the Prada Marfa vandalism case.
But Texas' journalist shield law requires certain tests and measures be met before a journalist can be compelled to disclose information.
The alleged vandal, a guerrilla artist known only as 9271977, was arrested on Tuesday in Waco and identified as Joe Magnano. The artist exchanged text messages with Sentinel reporter John Daniel Garcia last week. Garcia acquired the alleged vandal's phone number through an internet search, which Garcia wrote.
At about 3 p.m. on Friday, March 14, Jerry Walker, a Jeff Davis County deputy sheriff who is leading the investigation, entered the Sentinel office in Marfa and served Garcia with the subpoena.
The subpoena, signed by Jeff Davis County justice of the Peace Fred Granado, summoned Garcia to "produce and permit inspection and copying" of "text messages from an artist known as '9271977,' including all pertinent information, ie, phone number messages were received from."
The subpoena goes on to say that failure to comply "may be punished by fine or confinement, or both." In addition, the subpoena required Garcia to turn over his text messages by 5 p.m. that same day.
"All of a sudden you have two hours to comply," Garcia said. "It was kind of a bummer. There really was no time to confer with counsel."
Robert Halpern, publisher and editor of the Sentinel, explained that upon Garcia being served, the newspaper retained Marfa and El Paso attorney Steve Spurgin as legal counsel. Spurgin was able to delay the time prescribed by the subpoena in which Garcia was to produce his phone records.

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Dan Parker to speak at 2014 TPA Leadership Retreat E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:59


danparkerOn the evening of Thursday June 19, Dan Parker, reporter and photographer for the Port Aransas South Jetty, will speak at the 2014 TPA Leadership Retreat in Corpus Christi.
Parker specializes on the nature of photographing the sights of Texas' Coastal Bend area.
Parker, 52, grew up in Port Aransas and has worked for various newspapers around the country since getting started in journalism, right out of college, 30 years ago.
"At the South Jetty, we cover Port Aransas and Port Aransas only — for a small town, it's a highly visual and dynamic place, full of photo opportunities," Parker said. "Our challenge is to keep producing good quality, highly varied photos and the photos I will show in my presentation will reflect all of this."
On June 21, stick around for the contest awards ceremony where winners for the Better Newspaper Contest, Fred Hartman Excellence in Sportswriting Award, Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership, Golden 50 and other distinguished awards will be announced.
Other events on the agenda for this summer's convention include an event at the USS Lexington and the Robert Burns Memorial Golf Tournament. This year, the tournament will be held at the NorthShore Country Club, and as always, proceeds benefit the Texas Newspaper Foundation.


Upcoming awards E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:22

FOI Foundation of Texas 2014 Spirit of FOI Award
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The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is now accepting entries for the 2014 Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award recognizing outstanding journalism efforts upholding the First Amendment principles and open government. Nominations published in 2013 will be considered and should include any of the following: news story, editorial, column, editorial cartoon or community FOI project. Entries will be judged in size classfications and up to three will be recognized. For additional contest rules, contact Kelley Shannon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to

Golden 50
Texas Press Association's Golden 50 Award honors men and women who have displayed exemplary service and selfless contributions to journalism for 50 or more years. The association presented the first Golden 50 Award in 1963. This year, recipients will be honored at the TPA annual contest awards on June 21, following the Newspaper Leadership Retreat in Corpus Christi. To nominate an industry veteran, download the nomination form at and return it to TPA Executive Director, Mike Hodges at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by April 25.

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