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2019 Midwinter Conference set

The next Midwinter Conference and Trade Show is set for Jan. 24-26, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Denton Convention Center.
More information will be announced soon - TPA members are encouraged to watch for future announcements on the TPA website. Registration forms will be available online soon.
The 2019 event in Denton will be the first since members approved bylaws changes making the midwinter conference the annual meeting of the association and the only annual convention.

Changing of the guard: TPA Gavel passes to Laurie Ezzell Brown

Past presidents passing the TPA gavel to new President Laurie Ezzell Brown during the induction of new officers were (from left) Mary Henkel Judson, 1990-91, Port Aransas South Jetty; Larry Jackson, 1998-99, Wharton Journal Spectator, now retired; Debbie Day, filling in for her late husband Marshall Day, 2006-07, Gatesville Messenger; Chad Ferguson, 2011-23, The Banner Press Newspaper, Columbus; Russel Skiles, 2012-13, Lamesa Press Reporter; Greg Shrader, 2013-2014, Lufkin Daily News, now retired; Randy Mankin, 2014-15, Eldorado Success; Randy Keck, 2016-17, The Community News, Aledo; and Pat Canty, 2017-18, Odessa American.

Laurie Ezzell Brown, editor and publisher of The Canadian Record, was inducted as the 141st president of the Texas Press Association during the closing ceremony of the summer leadership retreat, held at La Torretta Lake Resort in Montgomery. 
As she received the gavel passed to her by past presidents in TPA’s annual tradition, Brown paid tribute to her predecessors. “I am mindful today of the high standards you have set, and grateful for your leadership and wise counsel,” she said.

New officers to serve 18 months during transition to one annual meeting

TPA President Laurie Ezzell Brown and other officers installed at the summer leadership retreat will serve 18-month terms during the organization’s transition to a single meeting each year.
Other TPA leaders taking office with Brown are First Vice President Ramona Ferguson, Columbus, The Banner Press; Second Vice President Jim Bardwell, Gladewater Mirror; Treasurer Leonard Woolsey, Galveston County Daily News and TPA Executive Director Mike Hodges. Directors beginning new three-year terms are Sue Brown, Pleasanton Express, and Bill Patterson, Denton Record-Chronicle.

Texas Gulf Coast Press Association celebrates 80th convention

Sonya Timpone, Yorktown News-View, Division 1; Sue Brown, Pleasanton Express, Division 2; and Regina Keilers, Fayette County Record, Division 3, all accepted sweepstakes honors for their papers in their respective divisions in the 80th Texas Gulf Coast Press Association Better Newspaper contest.

Texas Gulf Coast Press Association members celebrated their 80th annual convention this spring at the Sam Houston Hotel in Houston.
The conference included sessions on use of social media, use of Facebook Live for in-house promotion and revenue production, as well as a talk on the threat to transparency in Texas government by Joseph Larsen, longtime director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and an attorney with Gregor Cassidy, PLLC, in Houston.

Members urged to keep fighting costly tariffs on newsprint

On July 17, the International Trade Commission will hear testimony on the preliminary newsprint tariffs imposed in January and March on Canadian newsprint.
TPA and other members of a national coalition have been lobbying members of Congress to testify against making the tariffs permanent.
Newspapers have already seen production price increases of up to 30 percent and promises of higher prices to come. Advertisers who rely on inserts are also seeing production increases, which is expected to lead to a loss of income for newspapers. 

2018 Texas BNC award logo available now

The 2018 Texas Better Newspaper Contest winners' logo is available for download now.
Each year, a special Texas Press Association member logo identifying newspapers as winners in the annual contest is distributed by the state organization.
To download the 2018 logo, click here.
Contest winners were announced Saturday, June 23, at the awards brunch concluding the final TPA Summer Leadership Conference in Montgomery.

A Challenge to the Country Press

The publisher of every newspaper in the United States finds himself today face-to-face with a heavy responsibility. That it is, perhaps, a responsibility unjustly forced upon him does not alter the weight of the burden, or the necessity of shouldering it. You are to pay the penalty and make a vicarious sacrifice in atonement for the sin of a certain type of renegade newspaper editor who sold the birthright of American journalism for a mess of pottage - and now hasn't even the pottage. 

Industry news briefs

Quanah Tribune-Chief has new owners
New owners of the Quanah Tribune-Chief are Shane Lance, Townly Thomas, and Dennis Thomas. 
Lance and Townly Thomas serve as co-editors of the newspaper, published weekly on Friday. They both grew up in Quanah and Dennis Thomas has been a resident for 15 years. A former teacher and coach for the Quanah ISD, Lance currently works for 3 Rivers Foundation. The new owners said they look forward to focusing on community news as the newspaper returns to local ownership.

San Antonio Express News Editor Mike Leary retires

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Express-News Editor Mike Leary retired May 18, ending a 46-year career in journalism.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who has led the newsroom since August 2012, said he is retiring to travel and spend more time with his five grandchildren. 
Leary, 69, said he hopes to go to Antarctica, the only continent he hasn’t visited.
“One of the things I wanted to do, like my father, was be the editor of a newspaper, and I’ve certainly done that and had a great time,” Leary said. “I’ll really miss the staff and the camaraderie.”