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  • Small newspapers memorialize big moments in readers' lives and communities

    Texas Press Messenger
    "Rambling" by Russel Skiles, TPA President 2012-2013 Showing its age, the old newspaper clipping has turned a pale shade of orange and is torn on the edges in a couple of places. Arriving in the mail recently, the clipping was accompanied by a brief not...
  • Just a few spots left for TCCJ's design workshop

    Front Page News
    From the Texas Center for Community Journalism: Community newspapers are always looking for ways to stretch their budget and do more with less, and the Texas Center for Community Journalism is helping with a new one-day free workshop that looks at...
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    Front Page News
    Fred Hartman Excellence in Sportswriting Award DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MAY 3Hartman Newspapers L.P. is giving one talented sportswriter a chance to claim $1,000 and the title of best sportswriter in Texas. The family-owned newspaper group is sponsoring the Fre...
  • -30-: March 2013

    Texas Press Messenger
    Harry W. Small Sr.(1942 — 2013)Harry W. Small Sr., former pressman for the Weatherford Democrat, died March 4. He was 71.Small was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Mineral Wells to Harvey and Mary Upshaw Small. He graduated from Dunbar High School in Mineral We...
  • TPA honors lawmakers with First Amendment awards

    Texas Press Messenger
    Texas Press Association proclaimed two outstanding lawmakers, Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, “Friends of the First Amendment” at the TPA Legislative Conference on Feb. 25 in honor of their years of hard work an...
  • Texas Community Newspaper Association changes its name

    Texas Press Messenger
    The Texas Community Newspaper Association has adopted a new name, Texas Community Media Association. “We will never change our focus on community journalism yet our new name shows that we understand that community information is now delivered in many f...
  • Gorman Progress purchased by Eastland County Newspapers

    Texas Press Messenger
    The Gorman Progress, owned and operated for many years by Joe Bennett and lastly by his son, Lonnie, was purchased by Eastland County Newspapers Inc. on Feb. 1. The paper will continue to be published as a stand-alone weekly, as are ECN’s other holding...
  • City can’t prohibit recording of meetings

    Texas Press Messenger
    By Ed Sterling, TPA Member Services Director"TPA Hotline," Texas Press Messenger Q: I tape meetings to make sure my quotes are precise. The mayor and city council members of one of the towns I cover are put out with me because my coverage of city council...
  • Rat Battle, Rounds 1 and 2 - Just another day at the office

    Texas Press Messenger
    By Russel Skiles, TPA President 2012-13"Rambling," Texas Press Messenger “Rats!” would be about the mildest term possible for my initial reaction to what happened yesterday afternoon. This time, however, it had a far different meaning than it did a ...
  • Big story puts Wise on the map

    Texas Press Messenger
    By Kristen TribeWise County MessengerSometimes we go find the news. Other times, it finds us. Last week Evan Ebel sped into Wise County, guns blazing, and brought a tragic story to our front door. Although covering tragedy is nothing new at the Wise ...
  • Contest deadline extended to Tuesday

    Front Page News
    Good news! We have extended the 2013 Texas Better Newspaper Contest entry deadline to Tuesday, April 2 at 5 p.m in order to give those of you who are using the BetterBNC platform for the first time a few extra days to get your entries in. But don't procra...
  • Arkansas editorial contest to be judged at TCU

    Front Page News
    TPA has some exciting news to share: the Arkansas Press Association 2013 Better Newspaper News-Editorial Contest will be judged at one of our members' favorite locations ... Texas Christian University in Fort Worth! Our friends at the Texas Center for C...
  • Thank you to our advertising judges!

    Texas Press Messenger
    Seven judges gathered at the Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 15 to select the winners in the Arkansas Press Association 2013 Texas Better Newspaper Advertising Contest. What troopers! We can't thank them enough for volunteering their time and expertise....
  • Grand Saline Sun acquired by Lake Country Media

    Texas Press Messenger
    Lake Country Media LLC, a new media company located in Grand Saline, has purchased The Grand Saline Sun. The Sun is now locally owned and operated by Dan and Ann Moore, who have lived and worked in the newspaper business in East Texas for more than 13 yea...
  • Former Hays Free Press publisher Bob Barton dies at 82

    Texas Press Messenger
    By Juan Palomo, Hays Free PressRobert C. (Bob) Barton Jr., proud son of Central Texas, family man, newspaperman, politician, friend and mentor to many — and a staunch believer in social justice as a basic right for all — died Jan. 19,  the birthdate ...
  • Digital platform may lead to demise of newspaper contest

    Texas Press Messenger
    LETTER TO THE EDITORTexas Press Messenger: February 2013 Dear Texas Press Association: I read with regret the announcement that the Texas Better Newspaper Contest will now be conducted online. At a time when we have argued for retaining struggling print ...
  • Digital docs are still public info

    Texas Press Messenger
    "TPA Hotline" by Ed Sterling, TPA Member Services Director Q: Our school board meetings have gone paperless. Each board member has a tablet with the agenda and supporting documentation uploaded. During open meetings, school board members are asked to ref...
  • Texas newspapers make their voices heard at the Capitol

    Texas Press Messenger
    "Rambling" by Russel Skiles, TPA President 2012-13 Many people believe that one of the best things about Texas is that we allow our state legislators to meet for only a single 140-day regular session every other year. The 83rd Session of the Texas Legis...
  • Results of 2012 Recycled Newsprint Survey released

    Texas Press Messenger
    State law sets the objective for newspaper publishers to meet at least one of two recycling goals. In 2012, 45 percent of respondents met this objective, with more than 32 percent exceeding both goals. The first goal calls for recycled newsprint to comp...
  • Making Texas History

    Texas Press Messenger
    Texas Digital Newspaper Programhits one million mark By Laura King The University of North Texas Libraries celebrated a major milestone in February — free access to one million pages of digitized historical Texas newspapers via The Portal to Texas H...