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  • Fall brings big celebrations to Texas newspapers

    Texas Press Messenger
    Even though the autumn air never stays as long as we’d like it to in Texas, we can still find plenty of things to celebrate while enjoying the temperate weather. The Katy Times will celebrate its 100-year anniversary this month. The newspaper started ...
  • Leader-News sold to Brett Wesner

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    Stephen and Pat Henry announced the sale of the Lamb County Leader-News in Littlefield to Brett Wesner and his San Saba and Star corporation. “It is with mixed emotions that we have sold the Leader-News, since it has been a vital part of our lives for ...
  • HCN wins top prize for legal reporting

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    The Dallas Bar Association honored the best legal news reporting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Oct. 7. The Hood County News Staff Writer Kathy Cruz won the grand prize  for her investigative series “Justice for All” and “Routier Revisited.” ...
  • TPA and LAC are still up and running

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    The Texas Press Association’s legislative effort, led by TPA staff, the Legislative Affairs Committee and a strong grassroots lobbying effort, is effective and is about to become more so. After learning to play defense during past sessions, TPA members...
  • News station partners with weekly newspapers

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     KBTX TV-3 in Bryan-College Station is joining forces with area newspapers to share news and promotional resources.Mike Wright, general manager of the station, said the goal of the News 3 Network is “to better serve the communities in which we live and...
  • Communication with legislator makes big impact

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    Q: During the recent Legislative Session I interacted with my State Rep and State Senator through calls and correspondence as instructed by TPA. So what should I be doing next? A: Texas Press Association is fortunate that you have grown this good relatio...
  • 13th annual Lone Star Journalism Writing Contest commences!

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    It’s that time of year again! TPA is teaming up with the Interscholastic League Press Conference to co-sponsor the “Lone Star Journalism Writing Contest.” The contest is designed specifically for high school journalism students throughout Texas. ...
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     STEVE McGONIGLE - July 1, 1953 - Aug. 24, 2013 Dallas Morning News reporter Steve McGonigle passed away on August 24 after his fight with cancer. At the age of 60, he had 30 years of experience in journalism. McGonigle was born in Houston in 1953. He...
  • TCCJ offers fall training for community newspaper staffs

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    The Texas Center for Community Journalism is offering three one-day courses to help train staff members at the state’s community newspapers. The courses, all offered free with online pre-registration, deal with design, ad sales and photography.  The c...
  • Newsmakers

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    BRIAN ARGABRIGHT - Del Rio News-Herald Brian Argabright recently was promoted to managing editor at the Del Rio News-Herald. From 1996-2006, Argabright worked his way up from stringer and freelancer, to staff writer, city editor, and sports editor. He s...
  • Georgia publisher, Williams, named NNA president

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    Robert M. Williams Jr., chair and publisher of SouthFire Newspaper Group in Blackshear, Georgia, was elected as president of the National Newspaper Association during the association’s 127th annual convention held in Phoenix, Arizona on Sept. 14.  Joh...
  • Star-Telegram, TCU, plan partnership

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    FORT WORTH – Starting in January, journalism students at Texas Christian University will join editors and reporters at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on an investigative team covering local issues. The partnership of TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalis...
  • National Newspaper Week: October 6-12, 2013

    Texas Press Messenger
    Newspapers are still the cornerstone of democracy BY CAROLINE H. LITTLE - PRESIDENT & CEO OF NAA We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now. It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predictin...
  • Bill Watch

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    So, are you wondering what happened to those 164 bills that your TPA legislative team tracked during the legislative session? Here’s a statistical snapshot of the 83rd Texas Legislature.  Total bills filed (not counting resolutions honoring Aunt Marth...
  • El Paso Times duo wins James Madison award

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    The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas on Aug. 9 drew journalists, open government advocates and media attorneys to Austin to evaluate actions of the current Texas Legislature and to honor outstanding First Amendment work.. The daylong conference...
  • AOL’s Patch to close sites in 200 markets

    Texas Press Messenger
    Mike’s mid-August memo to the TPA board ended with this cryptic note, “P.S. A new “monthly” newspaper serving Dallas’ North Oak Cliff area is named DFW Weekly.  Hmm …” That note came just as I had finished reading a piece by Ken Doctor of ...
  • eType Services partners with Protecmedia

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    Austin-based software and community newspaper service provider, eType Services, announced its recent partnership with Protecmedia, an international company that concentrates on software development for media companies.  Together they aim to make digital ...
  • SPJ ethics code puts photos in no-blur zone

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    Q: I see blurred-out license plates on TV news and Google’s street view blurs them, too. I get Google blur policy but I’m not sure I understand the reasoning for news media to do it. Would you blur a license plate in a wreck photo? My gut tells me to ...
  • Grassroots effort nets beneficial laws for journalists

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    By Donnis Baggett A strong grassroots lobbying effort by Texas newspaper executives powered TPA to an impressive record in the 2013 legislative session. TPA supported 26 bills that passed, while only five measures opposed by the association became law i...
  • Panelists explore new texting-from-dais law

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    By Ed Sterling Lawmakers carrying open government legislation in the 83rd Texas set out to update laws to embrace modern technology and social media in particular. They succeeded, but how those laws work out in the real world remains to be seen. An ...