On the evening of January 17, attendees of the 2014 Texas Press Midwinter Conference gathered and honored three new members into the Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame.
Larry Jackson, president of TNF, introduced the past Hall of Fame members who were in attendance. Jackson also congratulated and expressed his gratitude for the $6,647 raised at the Silent Auction that was held in conjunction with the Trade Show. "We have a privileged position in history," he said.
Before introducing the three newest members, Jackson took some time to describe the importance of the newspaper industry and why it's essential to honor those who perform outstandingly.
"Successful newspaper leaders don't simply create a message or as they might put it, 'report the news,'" he said. "The most successful leaders don't simply know their community, they build their community."
The first honoree of the evening was Florentino "Tino" Duran, owner and publisher of La Prensa in San Antonio. Duran made a compelling acceptance speech, expressing the tribulations and successes of his life to get to where he is today.
Next to be honored was Martin L. "Red" Gibson, journalism professor for the University of Texas and popular mentor to many.
Though he passed away in 1993, "his lessons are still re-echoing in newspaper offices today," Jackson said. Gibson's wife, Nancy Gibson, was able to attend and accept the award in his honor.
The final honoree was Fred Hartman, editor and publisher of the Baytown Sun. Hartman's grandson, Fred B. Hartman, accepted the award in his honor.
Though he became a newspaper owner later on in life, his passion was for sportswriting. The Fred Hartman Excellence In Sportswriting Award is a wonderful opportunity for Texas sportswriters to receive recognition for their talents and dedication.
To round out the newest inductees, Jackson said, "each one of them recognized the power of print journalism and the possibilities of building their communities through the newspapers they owned or influenced."
If you know someone who you think exemplifies these traits, keep them in mind for a nomination to next year's Hall of Fame awards and visit www.tnf.net to find out more.