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  • Decherd retires as A. H. Belo CEO; Moroney promoted

    Texas Press Messenger
    The parent company of the Dallas Morning News, A.H. Belo Corporation announced that Robert W. Decherd, 62, will retire as chairman, president and chief executive in September, turning over responsibilities of the publicly held media company to his cousin ...
  • Austin Headliners announces award for Texas journalists

    Texas Press Messenger
    The Headliners Foundation recently announced a new $2,000 award for Texas journalists.  The Showcase Award for Enterprise and Innovation in Journalism focuses exceptional journalism effecting public policy, government, nonprofit or other organizations. ...
  • Police chief stops sharing weekly blotter reports

    Texas Press Messenger
     TPA HOTLINE by Ed Sterling, Member Services Director Q: Our city police department abruptly stopped its practice of providing a weekly “blotter” report. We’ve been publishing those for more than a decade. The chief said he chose not to continue t...
  • WTPA 2013 Convention Review

    Texas Press Messenger
    By Mary Dudley Members of the West Texas Press Association traveled to Decatur for the association’s 83rd annual convention, July 18-20, at the Hampton Inn & Suites with meetings held at the Decatur Civic Center.  One of the highlights of the event w...
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    Texas Press Messenger
    DOROTHY TODD (Feburary 26, 1919 – July 23, 2013) Dorothy Todd passed away on July 23 in Houston, TX. She was the wife of Bill Todd, and together they founded Todd Publications Inc.  The couple started out in the newspaper business publishing the Roc...
  • Anti-SLAPP author wins appellate court victory

    Texas Press Messenger
    By Alicia Calzada, Haynes and Boone, LLP In the latest First Amendment win against frivolous lawsuits in Texas, a lawsuit against KTRK Television was dismissed in July by the First Court of Appeals in Houston under Texas’ anti-SLAPP law. The case orig...
  • Newsmakers

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     Eric Woods THE BROWNFIELD NEWS Eric Woods has been hired as the new general assignments reporter for the Brownfield News.  Woods, a 2000 graduate of Angelo State University in San Angelo, interned at the San Angelo Standard-Times but then moved on t...
  • Athlon Media Group purchases publishing group’s print products

    Texas Press Messenger
    On July 16, Athlon Media Group announced an agreement to acquire the rights to publish all Publishing Group of America print properties: American Profile, Relish, and Spry magazines. PGOA Media will maintain the digital properties of the brands as well as...
  • Newspapers celebrate milestones

    Texas Press Messenger
    The Albany News - 130 A historical marker was placed at The Albany News for its 130-year commemoration. “The marker documents the history of the newspaper, which began in 1875 in Jacksboro, near Wichita Falls, as the Jacksboro Frontier Echo,” said M...
  • Wesner purchases Castro County News

    Texas Press Messenger
    The Castro County News has been sold by Jeff and Angela Blackmon to Brett Wesner. “I first worked with Brett over 10 years ago at the newspaper in Llano, so we have known each other a long time,” said Angela. “I know he shares my commitment to com...
  • Jim Moser elected a Texas Newspaper Foundation trustee

    Texas Press Messenger
    Jim Moser, publisher of the Jackson County Herald-Tribune and president of Moser Community Media LLC, has been elected a trustee of the Texas Newspaper Foundation. Moser is a member of the Texas Press Association Board of Directors and chairman of TPA’...
  • New laws protect Texas newsrooms

    Texas Press Messenger
    By Laura Lee Prather, Haynes and Boone LLPOver the last three legislative sessions, newsrooms have gained significantly greater protections under Texas law. On May 13, 2009, Texas became the 37th state to enact a reporter’s privilege protecting source...
  • Robert Burns Classic raises $2,000 for journalism training

    Texas Press Messenger
    The Robert Burns Classic, the 15th annual golf tournament benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation, was held June 20 at Tour 18 Houston. Thank you to Athlon Sports, GTECH Corp., Metro Creative Graphics and Bardwell Ink, the official sponsors of the 20...
  • News Briefs: July 2013

    Texas Press Messenger
    Castro County News under new ownershipDIMMITT — Wesner Publications of Cordell, Okla., has acquired the Castro County News, a weekly paid-circulation newspaper in Dimmitt, from Blackmon Publishing Inc. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.The purchase w...
  • TPA announces 2013-14 board of directors

    Texas Press Messenger
    Texas Press Association is proud to announce the members of the 2013-14 TPA Board of Directors. Greg Shrader, editor and publisher of The Lufkin News, was elected president of TPA on June 22 at the 2013 TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat in Houston. Shr...
  • Newsmakers: July 2013

    Texas Press Messenger
    From left to right: RITA HALDEMAN Rita Haldeman was named publisher and advertising director of The Huntsville Item. Haldeman is a 19-year veteran of the newspaper industry who previously served as advertising director of the Herald-Banner in Greenvil...
  • Granite Publications turns 35

    Texas Press Messenger
    By Jim Chionsini, Granite PublicationsIt was 35 years ago in May since I purchased my first newspaper, and I thought this would be an appropriate time and place to recap some of the more memorable events. I thought, too, that there might be interest in ho...
  • Interaction with lawmakers grows in importance

    Texas Press Messenger
    TPA HOTLINE by Ed Sterling, Member Services Director Q: I am inspired by the number of members who testified on bills before the Texas Legislature over the last few months. I heard that about 20 members testified and several publishers made the trip more...
  • Don't believe everything Gallup tells you

    Texas Press Messenger
    "From the Fairway" by Greg Shrader, TPA President 2013-2014 At one of the Thursday round tables at last month’s TPA summer retreat in Houston the topic of the latest Gallup survey on trustworthiness was discussed. For those of you that missed it, here ...
  • Shrader elected president of Texas Press Association

    Texas Press Messenger
    AUSTIN — Veteran Texas newspaperman Greg Shrader, editor and publisher of The Lufkin News, is the new president of Texas Press Association. Shrader, 60, assumed the post at TPA’s summer meeting in Houston. “It is a privilege to continue to serve ...