West Texas Press Association held its 84th annual conference in Graham, July 17-18.
Award-winning photojournalist Ian McVea of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram presented "Visual Storytelling in Community Journalism." McVea, who covers news, sports and does environmental portrait photography, stressed on the importance of looking for "the moment."
Keynote speaker Dean Smith, a Graham native and gold medalist in track and field in the 1952 Olympic Games, appeared as a stuntman and actor in numerous movies. Smith told stories from past movies and when asked what the hardest stunt he ever had to do, he said, "the one to get the job."
Newspaper design consultant Ed Henninger of Rock Hill, South Carolina demonstrated ways to increase readability.
Tommy Thomason, director of the Texas Center for Community Journalism at Texas Christian University, presented, "Telling Stories People Want to Read," with tips on interviewing and livening up feature articles.
WTPA's annual better newspaper contest awards were presented and Dublin Citizen Publisher Mac McKinnon was this year's recipient of the prestigious Harold Hudson Award. Contest results can be found here.
The association elected the following officers: Lisa Davis, Wise County Messenger, Decatur, chairman of the board; Mindi Kimbro, Olney Enterprise, president; Carlina Villalpando, Kerrville Daily Times, first vice president; J.L. Mankin, Big Lake Wildcat, second vice president; and Mary Dudley, Perryton Herald, secretary/treasurer.
Directors were appointed as follows: Bill Crist, Snyder Daily News; Carolyn Anderson, Texas Mohair Weekly, Rocksprings; Kristen Tribe, Wise County Messenger, Decatur; Kim Ware, Azle News; Ashlee Estlack, Clarendon Enterprise; Henry Flores, CenturyLink; Brian Brisendine, Brownfield News; and Robb Krecklow, The Graham Leader