Week of Jan. 16-22, 2017
Texas Legislature convenes in 85th regular session
AUSTIN — Lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol in their respective houses on Jan. 10, opening day for the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature. The 140-day session will conclude on May 29.
Public notice ads available through News Media Alliance
News Media Alliance has created promotional advertisements highlighting the importance of keeping public notices in newspapers and made them available to all Texas newspapers, including those who are not Alliance members.
Good News for Newspapers: 69% Of U.S. Population Still Reading
According to a recent Nielsen Scarborough study, more than 169 million American adults read a newspaper within the last month. That finding includes all formats – print, website and mobil app.
Week of Jan. 9-15, 2017
Legislation proposes to regulate access to restrooms, locker rooms
AUSTIN — Texas now has a “bathroom bill.”
Best of 2016: Better Newspaper Contest opens Feb. 15
The best examples of journalism and community service are celebrated each year through the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
This year, the contest entry period opens Feb. 15. TPA members are invited to upload entries through the Texas BNC online contest platform. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. March 23.
Budget, 'red meat' issues will dominate as legislature convenes
A tight budget picture and brutal fights over “red meat” issues such as school bathrooms and sanctuary cities are expected to dominate the 85th session of the Texas Legislature.
Government transparency issues championed by the Texas Press Association Legislative Advisory Committee will have to compete for legislators’ time and attention.
Check out Facebook for photos of auction items
Time to think about a donation to the annual silent auction benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation.
Items will be on view and bidding will be open during the annual Midwinter Conference Trade Show in Frisco Thursday evening, Jan. 19, and Friday morning, Jan. 20.The auction closes at 11:45 a.m. Friday.
Lawmakers file bills to restore access to public information
AUSTIN – Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Keller, and Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, announced Tuesday they had filed two bills aimed at restoring public access to information essential to holding government accountable in its business dealings with private businesses and non-profit groups.
EARLY DELIVERY, Week of Jan. 2-8, 2017
Patrick applauds action preserving North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’
AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has applauded the North Carolina legislature’s refusal to repeal a law banning individuals from using public bathrooms designated for the opposite sex.
EARLY DELIVERY, week of Dec. 26, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017
Attorney General intervenes in ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ lawsuit
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 15 intervened in a lawsuit filed on behalf of nurse’s aide Dedra Shannon against the Killeen Independent School District over its decision to take down Shannon’s Christmas decoration.
Week of Dec. 19-25, 2016
Abbott reacts to Trump’s choice of Perry as energy secretary
AUSTIN — President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy prompted this reaction by Gov. Greg Abbott:
TPA members to consider membership rules change
Texas Press Association members will vote on a proposed bylaws change regarding membership rules at the Midwinter Conference in January.
Week of Dec. 12-18, 2016
Abbott nominates Racing Commission chair as secretary of state
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5.
Leveraging Digital to Sell Traditional Media
Free webinar: Leveraging Digital to Sell Traditional Media
Wednesday, Dec 14, | 1-2 pm EST (Noon - 1 p.m. CST)
George Leith, vice president of sales for Vendasta Technologies, and Mike Blinder, president of The Blinder Group, will discuss how blending digital solutions into day-to-day sales tactics can result in huge gains in legacy media sales.
Ed Henninger, Newspaper Academy to host webinar
Ed Henninger is teaming with the Newspaper Academy for a webinar Jan. 11: Ten surefire ways to degisn a better newspaper.
Cost is $49 and to register, click on the link below.