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  • 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...
  • Join the TPA Mobile Lab in McAllen

    Front Page News
    The TPA Mobile Lab is on the move! Mobile Lab instructor Fred Anders and his machines are headed to The Monitor in McAllen next week for three days of InDesign. The first session will be held Monday, March 4 and will repeat on March 5 and 6, so more staff...
  • TPA signs amicus brief asking Texas Supreme Court to allow anti-SLAPP appeal

    Front Page News
    The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, joined by 19 news media, including Texas Press Association, and two public advocacy organizations, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Texas Supreme Court asking the judges to clarify the scop...
  • Texas Better Newspaper Contest begins!

    Front Page News
    Call for Entries Deadline: March 29, 5 p.m.Enter Online: www.betterbnc.comTXBNC 2.0 Blog: www.txbnc.tumblr.comThe 2013 Texas Better Newspaper Contest is open for entries! This year, all entries must be submitted via the BetterBNC online contest platfor...
  • Join us for the TPA Legislative Conference

    Texas Press Messenger
    Get Involved. FEBRUARY 24-25 | SHERATON AUSTIN HOTEL DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM There is no more effective lobbyist than a concerned local newspaper publisher. Find out what you can do to protect citizens’ right to know at the TPA Legislative C...
  • Arkansas Press Association wants YOU!

    Front Page News
    Calling all TPA members: We're still in need of a few good volunteers to help judge the Arkansas Press Association 2013 Better Newspaper Advertising Contest. Judging will take place on Friday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Austin American-Statesm...
  • Capital Highlights is FREE in January

    Front Page News
    This January, Texas Press Association is offering a valuable source of legislative information, State Capital Highlights, free to member newspapers. Capital Highlights is a weekly aggregation of news about state government, written by TPA Member Services ...
  • Call for entries: 2013 TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards

    Front Page News
    Texas journalists: Enter your outstanding medical news story or series from 2012 in the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Anson Jones, MD, Awards. The competition is free. Entries are due by Jan. 15, 2013. New category. TMA created a new award — the Texa...
  • Newsmakers: December 2012

    Texas Press Messenger
      (Left to right) Thomas EdwardsLocal Community News Thomas Edwards was named editor of Local Community News in San Antonio. He previously was editor for all news content at Victory Publishing Co. Ltd. of Marble Falls. The company closed The Tribune...