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  • National Newspaper Week: October 6-12, 2013

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    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

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    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 ...
  • Public records, sleuthing skills remain essential in news reporting

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    By Donnis Baggett Technology is making it easier to “follow the money” in state politics, according to panelists at the Freedom of Information of Texas’ 2013 state conference. But the experts stressed that solid, old-fashioned reporting is still e...
  • Newsmakers

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    Joe Gonzales Joe Gonzales has returned to the Levelland News-Press as sports editor. He had formerly spent time at the sister publication, the Lamb County Leader-News, as their sports editor. “I’m excited to be here and I’m eager to work with all ...
  • Antonelli nominated for sci-fi award

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    Mount Pleasant Tribune managing Editor Lou Antonelli has been nominated as a finalist for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History.  The award recognizes the best alternate history stories and novels of the year.  Antonelli’s short story “Great Wh...
  • Meet TPA Treasurer Randy Keck, Publisher of The Community News

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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?  My first newspaper job was as a carrier for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal about 1969-70. I’ve done a lot of oth...
  • Disaster preparation includes knowing how to cover them

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    If you’re a Texas journalist or editor, a disaster is on the horizon for you. Or you may have already covered one or more, but another lies ahead.  And another. But Texas journalists are getting a serious training course in “Dealing with Disasters,...
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    Bill Martin - (1932-2013) Former publisher and veteran journalist, Bill Earl Martin, died on Aug. 2. He was 81.  Martin was born in Bryan, Texas and in 1953 he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. He gradua...
  • New Associate Member for TPA

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    Dorothy Bland, dean of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton, is now an Associate Member of Texas Press Association.   She has a bachelor’s in journalism from Arkansas State University and holds a master’s degre...
  • Quinn gives new meaning to Journalism 101

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    By Laura King Bill Quinn is a former East Texas newspaperman and at 101, he might be the most senior fellow in the business. “For an old man, I feel pretty good, I guess,” Quinn started. “I’m going to make it to 110.” He’s edited and publishe...
  • Statement of Ownership 2013

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    Deadline ahead for publishing annual statement of ownership The deadline for filing your Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (PS Form 3526) with the U.S. Postal Service is October 1 of each year. The filing and publication of this form i...
  • Voters to decide on 9 amendments

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    "The more time the better" is a saying that certainly applies when it comes to thinking about the issues before voting. Texas newspaper readers should have plenty of time to mull over and decide on proposed constitutional amendments that will appear on th...
  • TPA joins in honoring Representative Hunter

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    By Donnis Baggett CORPUS CHRISTI — Texas Press Association joined the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce last month in honoring Rep. Todd Hunter for his passion for the First Amendment and his commitment to open gove...
  • Local newspapers serve the community

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    "From the Fairway" by Greg Shrader, TPA President 2013-2014 One of the many things our executive director, Mike Hodges, does is regularly sends information to the board in his “Inner Circle” memo. This month’s note from Mike included mention that ...