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  • -30-: August 2012

    Texas Press Messenger
    Lonnie Rankin(1927 — 2012)From the Miles MessengerLonnie Rankin, co-owner and operator of the Miles Messenger, died June 20 after a short courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his family and friends.Lonnie, along with his wife Oleta, came to Miles...
  • Congratulations to TPA's 2012 NNA contest winners!

    Texas Press Messenger
    NNA Better Newspaper Contest WinnersThe Azle News1st Place: Best Serious Column, Daily & Non-daily Division (circulation 3,000-5,999) 3rd Place: Best Sports Column, Daily & Non-daily Division (circulation less than 6,000)The Clarendon EnterpriseHonorab...
  • Castroville paper awarded attorney fees in anti-SLAPP case

    Texas Press Messenger
    Tom Williams | Haynes and Boone LLPIn one of the first tests of the new anti-SLAPP statute, a Texas newspaper was awarded attorney fees after the plaintiffs had already dismissed the lawsuit against the newspaper. Hest Technologies, a computer firm, and ...
  • Members of all ages can benefit from TPA training

    Texas Press Messenger
    Rambling | Russel Skiles, TPA President 2012-13 I hate to admit it but my first stab at journalism was nothing short of a failure. Failure as in a great big F, boldly written and underlined in red ink, on the first news story I ever wrote. It came my s...
  • Requirements for election notices

    Texas Press Messenger
    TPA Hotline | Ed Sterling, TPA Member Services Director Q: My county clerk did not submit an election notice for publication in my newspaper. Should she have? A: Texas Election Code does not require a public/legal notice of a runoff election to be publi...
  • Calling all photographers and designers

    Front Page News
    The 2013 Texas Newspaper Directory needs a cover! In the past, TPA staff in Austin have chosen the winner of the Directory photo contest and assembled the cover. This year, members will design the cover and choose the winner. Not only will graphic arti...
  • E-subs count on Statement of Ownership

    Texas Press Messenger
    Joel Allis | TPA Periodicals ConsultantEffective May 9, the U.S. Postal Service will allow electronic paid/requester subscriptions to be included on the Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, PS Form 3526. The deadline to file is Oct. 1. Th...
  • Why JCPenney and Newhouse have a lot in common

    Front Page News
    By Kevin Slimp, Director of the Institute of Newspaper Technology I realize that I’m dating myself, but here goes. When I was a little boy, drug stores used to have these bins that held bags filled with multiple “secret” items. They were often cal...
  • Terry Young elected a TNF trustee

    Texas Press Messenger
    Terry Young, a former reporter for United Press International and a longtime supporter of the Texas Press Association, has been elected as a trustee of the Texas Newspaper Foundation. An Austin advertising and public relations executive, Young has served...
  • Invest in your future

    Texas Press Messenger
    Support Texas Newspaper Foundation fundraisers   By Bob BrincefieldTPA President 2010-11At The Robert Burns Classic several weeks ago, while taking in the magnificent view of the hills around San Antonio, I reflected on the journey this TPA event has...
  • Reporters honored for government watchdog efforts

    Texas Press Messenger
    The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ prestigious Monson FOI Awards were presented at the Texas Press Association’s annual summer convention at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio on June 23. The Monson FOI Award recognizes journali...
  • Sign up for TPA's Sports Connection

    Texas Press Messenger
    Texas Press Association has teamed up with several high school coaches associations to deliver high school sports information to your desktop. Subscribers to TPA’s Sports Connection receive coaches’ polls, all star and all state announcements, coach o...
  • TPA announces 2012-13 board of directors

    Texas Press Messenger
    Texas Press Association is proud to announce the members of the 2012-13 TPA Board of Directors. Russel Skiles, publisher of the Lamesa Press-Reporter, was elected president of the board on June 23 at the 2012 TPA Newspaper Executives’ Retreat in San ...
  • Q&A with Glenn Rea, TPA's newest officer and treasurer

    Texas Press Messenger
    Give us some details about yourself. (Where are you from? How long have you worked in the industry? Where did you get your start?)I grew up in Andrews graduating from high school there in 1967.Started out throwing the Andrews County News as a youngster an...
  • Citizens’ comment vs. response periods

    Texas Press Messenger
    "TPA Hotline" by Ed Sterling, TPA Member Services Director  Q: At the city council meeting last night, a former mayor spoke during the citizens’ comment period and asked the standing mayor confrontational questions meant to elicit an instant respons...
  • New summer convention format is a success

    Texas Press Messenger
    "Rambling" by Russel Skiles, TPA President 2012-13 Major changes always make all of us a bit nervous, whether it involves putting together a new special section or trying something different on the newspaper’s website. Such was the case when the Texas...
  • TPA elects Russel Skiles as 2012-13 president

    Texas Press Messenger
    Russel Skiles, publisher of the Lamesa Press-Reporter, was elected the 135th president of Texas Press Association on June 23 at the 2012 TPA Newspaper Executives’ Retreat in San Antonio. He succeeds Chad Ferguson, editor and publisher of The Banner Pres...
  • When it comes to backups, do as I say, not as I do

    Front Page News
    By Kevin SlimpDirector of the Institute of Newspaper Technology You’ve heard me say it time and time again. Julie, in Minnesota, even wrote to me a couple of years ago to thank me for “saving her life” after convincing her to add backup drives to ...
  • Call for entries: Barbara Jordan Media Awards

    Front Page News
    From The Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities: This is a reminder about the annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards program from The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. The award is presented in several different catego...
  • The Robert Burns Classic raises $1,500 for TNF

    Texas Press Messenger
    Back row (from left): Jim Bardwell, Glenn Rea, Phil Major, Ted Rickenbacher, Mike Graxiola, Mark Henry and Bob Brincefield. Front row (from left): Dwight McKenzie, Duy Nguyen, Stephen Ables, Greg Shrader, Chad Engbrock, Bill Crist and Jim Moser. The Ro...