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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.

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