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Texas Newspaper Foundation celebrates 2017 Hall of Fame honorees

Accepting Hall of Fame awards at the annual Texas Newspaper Foundation dinner were (from left) Elizabeth Hawkes Turner, Kay Ellen Hawkes Goodyear and Erin Hawkes Chaney, daughters of honoree George W. Hawkes; Alvin Holley, accepting for Lowry Martin; Mike Hodges, accepting for Milt Morin; and Larry Jackson, emcee and TNF president.

FRISCO – At the 2017 Texas Newspaper Foundation hall of Fame dinner, retired New England Newspaper Association Director Morley Piper brought to life a somber moment in history during the Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame dinner with his recollections of the pivotal World War II battle he and other young men of the 29th Infantry fought on the beaches of Normandy.
On the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014, Piper went back to the scene of the battle to attend commemorative ceremonies hosted by the ten communities on the Normandy coast that were liberated by the invasion. 

Members approve TPA bylaws amendment

FRISCO, Texas — Texas Press Association members approved a bylaws amendment regarding rules for participating membership during the Midwinter Conference and Trade Show.
Seventy-seven percent voted to allow newspapers that do not meet the requirements of active membership to be participating members if approved by a majority vote of the board of directors.  The vote exceeded the required two-thirds majority of active members present and voting at the convention.

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RICHARD KEITH COLLINS
AUSTIN – Richard Keith (Dick) Collins of Austin, a retired sports writer who had a second career in real estate, died Dec. 30.
He was 86.
In 1952, Collins graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene with a degree in journalism. 
Three days later, he joined the sports department of the Wichita Falls Record News. 

Nominations sought for Texas Gavel Awards

AUSTIN — Submissions are sought for the 2017 Texas Gavel Awards, which honor outstanding journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system.

Entries published or broadcast during the 2016 calendar year will be accepted for print, broadcast, and online categories until 5 p.m. April 3. There is no entry fee.

The awards will be presented at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual conference Sept. 14, 2017 at the Hilton Austin.

Barbara Jordan Media Awards call for nominations

The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities announces the Barbara Jordan Media Awards call for nominations for media content created or published in 2016. 

The award is presented in several different categories, including TV Feature, Internet, Photojournalism, etc. There is no fee for entries. Winners are selected by a panel of professional journalists, people with disabilities and professionals in the field of disabilities.

Assessing your community newspaper

Ideas for assessing the impact of a community newspaper were shared by UT instructor Griff Singer at the recent Texas Press Midwinter Conference and Trade Show.

Singer discussed ways editors and publishers can “audit” their newspapers, looking at the number and kinds of stories published, editing of submitted content, how council and board meetings are covered, the number of photos, how they are displayed and whether people shown are identified. 

North and East Texas Press Association plans annual convention

With the North and East Texas Press Association’s 91st annual convention set March 16-18, entry deadline for the regional group’s newspaper contest is fast approaching.

Contest entries are due Feb. 5, according to Todd A. Griffith, NETPA contest chairman. Awards will be presented at the NETPA convention in Sulphur Springs. 

In addition, the group is accepting applications for the annual scholarship.

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.

Winners will be announced at the TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat in June.