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  • Superintendent searches likely to yield solitary finalist

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    Q: Our school district board of trustees hired a search firm to look for a new superintendent. Our reporter feels like they have a plan mapped out that will keep the public out of the loop as far as naming possible candidates for the job. How can we get t...
  • Meet TPA Treasurer Patrick Canty, Publisher of the Odessa American

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    Give us some details about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you worked in the newspaper industry? Where did you get your start?I am a San Antonio native, who obtained my bachelor's degree from what was at the time East Texas State University. I...
  • Newsmakers

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    BRENT ADDLEMANGlen Rose ReporterBrent Addleman has been named managing editor of the Glen Rose Reporter. He comes to the newspaper with 18 years of experience in community, service-minded journalism. "With the better part of two decades in the industry,...
  • Newspapers are still here and still making money

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    BY CAROLINE LITTLEPRESIDENT & CEO, NNAThe sky is always falling and newspapers are always dying.For more than a decade, that has been a common and constant refrain. While working at washingtonpost.com, the Guardian US, and now, the Newspaper Association o...
  • Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Rep. Todd Hunter to speak at FOI conference

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    First Amendment and open government advocates will address court access, social media usage and updates to public records laws when the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas hosts its state conference Sept. 12.This year's conference, "A Road Map to O...
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    NICK WESTNick West, longtime publisher of the Palacios Beacon, died July 27. He was 61. Born on Dec. 14, 1952, in Rushville, Indiana, West was a career newspaperman. One of his proudest chapters in life was working at the Beacon with his father, Bert, and...
  • Texas Center for Community Journalism hosts smartphone training

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    Dozens of journalists gathered at Texas Christian University for smart-phone journalism workshops conducted July 31 to Aug. 1 and Aug. 14-15.The former session was geared toward iPhones, while the latter was tailored for Androids. Each attendee was prov...
  • Contest Committee needs volunteers

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    Volunteers are needed to serve on the TPA Better Newspaper Contest Committee.The transition to online judging of the contest has been successful, but questions and concerns need to be addressed earlier than in the past so that changes can be coded into th...
  • State Anti-SLAPP statutes create substantive First Amendment rights

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    Haynes and Boone secures historic Anti-SLAPP law win in Federal Court As more states adopt Anti-SLAPP legislation, more federal courts must decide whether such laws create a substantive right that must be applied by a federal court in a case in which fed...
  • APME's NewsTrain workshop for journalists coming to Austin Aug. 22-23

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    Learn more about video storytelling, data journalism, viral content and change management at a NewsTrain workshop for journalists in Austin on Aug. 22-23. Sponsored by Associated Press Media Editors, NewsTrain has brought affordable, high-quality training...
  • Following in the footprints of Gail Borden

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    I am on a quest to find a printing press and I'm hoping that you can help me. Not just any old press will do, however. You see, I'm looking for an operable Washington press manufactured by R. Hoe & Company in New York City in the early 1830s.One such pres...
  • City charter may set public notice threshold at less than $50,000

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    Q: How much can my city spend on a police vehicle without publishing a bid notice in the newspaper? A: Local Government Code Sec. 252.021, Competitive Requirements for Purchases, says for municipalities, the threshold for publishing a bid notice is any a...
  • 2014 FOIFT Annual Conference: A Road Map to Open Government

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    The 2014 Bernard and Audre Rapoport State Conference convenes on Friday, Sept. 12, at the Hilton Austin Hotel, 500 E. Fourth St.Sessions run from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will address public access to courts; social media use in open government; and new la...
  • New Media Investment Group acquires more newspapers

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    New Media Investment Group, one of the largest owners of newspapers in the country, has purchased more newspapers, some of which are in Texas, from the American Consolidated Media Southwest Group.The newspapers include the Alice Echo News-Journal, the Bal...
  • USPS consolidation will impact newspaper delivery

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    BY JOEL ALLISTPA Periodicals Consultant USPS announced on June 30 the continuation of consolidations and closure of an additional 82 mail processing operations. This follows the 2012 and 2013 closure of 141 processing facilities nationally. The The new c...
  • Bodes say goodbye; sell newspapers

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    FROM STAFF REPORTSTHE HIGHLANDER, MARBLE FALLS In a purchase effective July 1, Highland Lakes Publishing LP acquired the assets of Bar 30 Media LLC including The Highlander, Burnet Bulletin, Llano County Journal, The Northshore Star and Lake Country Life...
  • Newsmakers

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    KAY ELLINGTONFloyd County Hesperian-BeaconBlackburn Media Group has named Kay Ellington contributing editor and business consultant for the Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon.Ellington has been employed for more than three decades with companies such as the ...
  • Graham hosts West Texas Press Association’s 84th annual conference

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    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 env...
  • TNF Hall of Fame nominations due by October

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    BY PHIL MAJORTPA 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 i...
  • NNA prepares for San Antonio

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    National Newspaper Association will stage its 128th Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Oct. 2-5. Programs will address pressing business objectives of community newspaper owners, publishers and senior staff with educat...