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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.

USPS privatization proposed in Administration's government reform plan

A government reform plan released by the Trump Administration proposes privatizing the US Postal Service and suggests a privately held postal service would reduce delivery days per week to “central locations” instead of individual street addresses. 
On April 12, President Trump ordered the creation of a task force to study the US Postal Service and make recommendations for improvements to the current system. A report is expected on Aug. 10.  

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.

Newsprint tariffs: An update

"The tariffs on newsprint are just an unnecessary impediment to a publisher who is providing what every community needs, and is brave enough to embark on a new course to keep the paper viable."

By Matt Paxton,
Lexington News-Gazette, first published online by NNA

Open Government Seminar set June 17 in San Antonio

AUSTIN _ The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is hosting an Open Government Seminar in San Antonio on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, featuring training in public meeting and public records laws. The First Amendment Institute later that day will instruct journalists on press rights.
The non-profit FOI Foundation, in cooperation with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, is organizing the one-day seminar. It is designed for government employees, journalists, attorneys and anyone interested in the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act.

Robert Burns Classic Golf Tournament kicks off TPA retreat

The 19th Annual Robert Burns Classic Golf Tournament benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation opens the 2018 TPA Summer Leadership Retreat in Montgomery.
The final TPA Summer Retreat is scheduled June 21-23 at LaTorretta Lake Resort and Spa on Lake Conroe in Montgomery.
Tee times start at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at the LaTorretta Golf course. Century Link is sponsor for the event. 

Learn, celebrate at Summer Leadership Retreat

Learning, celebrating, commemorating and winning are all on the agenda for Texas Press Association’s final Summer Leadership Retreat June 21-23 at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa on Lake Conroe in Montgomery.
The event features speakers, member-led group discussions, a legislative update, the annual Golden 50 Award and the Texas Better Newspaper Contest awards brunch. 
Registration forms are available online at www.texaspress.com

Open Government Seminar series heads to Houston

The 2018 series of regional Open Government Seminars continues May 1 in Houston.
The free seminars are hosted by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, in cooperation with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The one-day seminars are designed for government employees, journalists, attorneys and anyone interested in the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act. The first session was held at the University of Texas at Arlington.

President orders task force to study USPS finances, operations

President Trump signed an executive order April 12 creating a task force to study the financial difficulties of the US Postal Service and recommend restructuring the agency.
Most news reports indicate the move was prompted by the President's assertion that online retailer Amazon's deal for low shipping rates is hurting the postal service financially.