James Harold ‘Jim’ Cunningham

Memorial services were held Aug. 26 for journalist and former newspaper publisher James Harold “Jim” Cunningham, 72, of Moulton.

Cunningham died Aug. 21 at San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he was airlifted for treatment following a three-vehicle collision July 21.


Laura Elder

GALVESTON – Laura Elder has been named managing editor of The Galveston County Daily News.

In her new role, Elder will directly supervise the newspaper’s reporters and assist the editor in planning and managing special news projects such as investigative and enterprise articles. She will continue editing Coast Monthly magazine, the newspaper’s business pages, its League City and Clear Lake Connection publications and continue to report and write Biz Buzz.

The power of 'just the right word'

One item that distinguishes professional magicians from amateurs is the use of scripts. This is not to say that the professional will always recite – word for word – the same thing in each performance; however, the professional will always know what he or she is going to say.

The professional, whether a magician or a writer, will economize where possible and augment where necessary, and will know the appropriate time to do either.

Open Meetings Act requires citing of exception allowing closed session

Q: Our city clerk puts a boilerplate notice at the bottom of city council meeting agendas, notifying the public that the council may go into executive session under any of a number of exceptions allowing it under the Texas Open Meetings Act. The problem is, this council has a habit of going into executive session without stating exactly which TOMA exception they are using. I don’t think a reporter or anyone else should have to sit there for hours, wondering what council members are talking behind closed doors. Can you send something that fits a scenario like that?

-30- September 2016

These obituaries are published in the September 2016 edition of the Texas Press Messenger

Sarah L. Greene

Sarah L. Greene, 87, editor and publisher of The Gilmer Mirror from 1974 to 2006, died Aug. 2.

A Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame honoree and former Texas Press Association president, Greene was a third-generation newspaperwoman, following her parents, the late Georgia and Russell H. Laschinger, and grandfather, George Tucker, as publisher of The Gilmer Mirror.

Oct. 1 is deadline to file PS Form 3526, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation

The deadline for filing your Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (PS Form 3526) with the U.S. Postal Service is Oct. 1 of each year. In addition, the statement must be published during the month of October.

The filing and publication of this form is a requirement for maintaining periodicals mailing privileges. Dailies must publish a completed copy of this form in their newspaper by Oct. 10, and non-dailies by October 31.

USPS revised PS form 3526 in 2014. The proper form to use has a July 2014 date at the very bottom of the form.

A bias toward trust

Calendars are turning to September and with it, the state religion of high school football. Here’s hoping that your favorite teams have successful seasons!

One of the things I love about being in a community newspaper is that, in a typical week, the football team is the topic of discussion – even in a presidential election year!

Eagle adding new printing press, additional hires

Published June 26, 2016

The Eagle

Construction is underway at the Bryan-College Station Eagle, where a second press soon will be installed, paving the way for the business to double its commercial print work.

The 9,300-square-foot expansion comes during a transformative period for the industry in which some newspapers have opted to shut down print operations and outsource the work.

Shrader elected to TNF board

Greg Shrader, longtime publisher with Southern Newspapers, Inc., was elected to a three-year term as a trustee of the Texas Newspaper Foundation at its board meeting held in conjunction with Texas Press Association’s Newspaper Leadership Retreat at Lake Conroe.

Shrader, 2013-14 president of TPA, was publisher of the Lufkin News until retiring last year. He has since moved back to Kerrville, where he previously had been publisher of the Kerrville Times.

Retiring from the TNF board is 2007-08 TPA president Phil Major.