Monday, 04 August 2014 11:27
BY PHIL MAJOR
TPA Past President 2007-08
It's been said that if you ever see a turtle sitting on a fence post, you know it had to have some help getting there. And thus it is with the newspaper men and women who make up the fellowship of this profession in Texas.
Each year since 2007 the Texas Press Association has gathered in January to honor a select few of them, those who raised the standards, set the bar high for others — helped the rest make it up that fence post.
And so it will be again in January 2015 in Galveston.
A handful of deserving men and women will be honored, and the rest will have a unique chance to learn a little more about them.
The Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held during the annual midwinter conference, but before that, the Texas Newspaper Foundation needs your help.
All of you know someone (or perhaps more) who are deserving of the honor of induction into the Hall of Fame.
But they can't get there without your help. Nominations for the hall are being accepted until Oct. 15. It is the most important step toward getting into the hall. The quality, and perhaps even quantity, of information provided to the selection committee can go a long way toward making sure that deserving persons join the outstanding group that already makes up the hall.
Take a few minutes. Scan through the prior honorees at newspaperhalloffame.org, and think about those who helped you along the way, who made their communities, their profession and their state better.
Or perhaps they are historical figures you did not know, but whose inclusion will assure that the hall is truly reflective of Texas newspaper history.
And then take a few minutes (after deadline of course), and make sure that those who have earned the right to be in the hall are so justly enshrined.
You can download a nomination form here. You can also learn more about the Hall of Fame selection process.
And please send those nominations. The committee will be gathering in early November to name the Class of 2015.