The special session of the Texas Legislature is at the halfway point, and Texas newspapers are fighting to hold onto public notices for property tax matters.
Analysis by Donnis Baggett, TPA Executive Vice President
Jaklewicz named news director for Abilene Reporter-News
Greg Jaklewicz is the new news director of the Abilene Reporter-News.
The change was announced June 15 by Tim Archuleta, the regional editor for the USA TODAY Network’s five Texas papers.
“The news director job is the top editor in in our newsrooms,” Archuleta said. Jaklewicz succeds Doug Williamson, who retired last month.
Staff changes at Texas newspapers
GATESVILLE – Kaley Branch recently joined The Gatesville Messenger staff as a reporter covering general news assignments and features.
Raised in Arlington, Branch studied journalism and broadcasting at Tarrant County College. She previously worked as an analyst for XTO Energy in Fort Worth and was a recruiter for MMC Strategic Staffing in Dallas. She and her husband, Taylor, who is a Gatesville High School graduate, moved their family to Gatesville 18 months ago.
Florentino ‘Tino’ Duran
Florentino ‘Tino’ Duran of San Antonio, owner, former publisher and CEO of the bilingual biweekly newspaper La Prensa, died Sunday, June 25.
RUIDOSO, NM — TPA members attending the 2017 Summer Leadership Retreat celebrated innovation and success while sharing ideas and strategies for facing challenges in the newspaper industry.
The retreat at the Inn of the Mountain Gods featured a number of round table sessions. Members brainstormed and discussed topics ranging from ideas for increasing revenue to ethics in news coverage and legislative concerns, especially in relation to publication of public notices in newspapers.
RUIDOSO, N.M. — Mike Forman, a veteran sportswriter for the Victoria Advocate, was honored with the Fred Hartman Excellence in Sports Writing Award on June 17 at the Texas Press Association Summer Leadership Retreat at Inn of the Mountain Gods.
Forman was presented with a plaque and a $1,000 cash award by outgoing Texas Press Association President Randy Keck, on behalf of the Hartman family, sponsor of the award.
RUIDOSO, NM — Texas Press Association has named Jim Moser the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership.
The presentation was made at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico, during the association’s annual Summer Leadership Retreat on June 17.
Presenting the award was his father Charles Moser, longtime editor and publisher of the Brenham Banner-Press and a previous recipient of the award. Outgoing TPA President Randy Keck noted that the Mosers are the first father and son recipients in the history of the Mayborn award.
Texas Better Newspaper Contest Sweepstakes winners on hand to accept their newspapers' awards at the Summer Leadership Retreat were Mike Forman, Victoria Advocate; Jerry Tidwell, Hood County News; J.L. Mankin, Big Lake Wildcat; Kim Ware, Azle News; Laurie Brown, The Canadian News; and James Draper, Kilgore News Herald. Other sweepstakes winners were The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, the Rockdale Reporter and the Westlake Picayune.
RUIDOSO, NM – The 2017 Texas Better Newspaper Awards were announced during the awards brunch at the Texas Press Leadership Retreat held this year at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
This year, 143 newspapers submitted 1,410 entries in the contest. The results are published annually in the TPA Winners’ Circle and a list of winners by newspaper is available now by clicking here.
Judging results have been processed and winners of the National Newspaper Association 2017 Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest have been posted on the NNA website. Among the winners are 47 Texas newspapers.
There were 1,433 entries in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and 221 entries in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest for a total of 1,654 entries. A total of 475 awards were won by 117 member newspapers in 33 states.