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During ‘Sunshine Month,’ put spotlight on government accountability

Shining light on government to hold it accountable is hardly a new idea. In fact, Texas was a national leader in this realm for more than 40 years.
Sadly, the flow of public information in this huge state is slipping from the sunshine into the shadows.

This column by FOIFT Director Kelley Shannon is available to Texas newspapers to use as a guest column during Sunshine Week.

2018 Texas BNC open for entries

AUSTIN – The Texas Better Newspaper Contest is now accepting 2018 contest entries from TPA member newspapers. 
Deadline for entries is March 22.
TPA members are invited to submit entries through the Better Newspaper Contest portal, which can be accessed at www.texaspress.com/bnc. The contest page includes a link to the 2018 Call for Entries rules booklet.

Sunshine Week set March 11-17

The public’s right to know is the focus of Sunshine Week, March 11-17, a national celebration promoting openness in government.
Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its government is doing, and why. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. 
Led by the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week is funded primarily by a challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami.

Mission Progress Times new owner Rendon takes over as publisher

Rendon

MISSION – Denise M. Rendon, Progress Times director of sales and marketing and owner of Savy Publishing LLC, has purchased the newspaper from Jim Brunson.
Rendon began working for the Progress Times as an advertising account representative in 2012 and was named director of sales and marketing in 2016. She has now assumed the role of publisher.
Brunson, who retains ownership of the Winter Texan Times, said he is pleased to leave the Progress Times in good hands with Rendon. 

Lewter returns to Whitesboro as publisher

Lewter

WHITESBORO – Austin Lewter has returned as publisher of the Whitesboro News-Record.
The appointment was announced by Scott Wood, owner of the newspaper, who noted that Lewter is “a hometown boy with a proven track record in the newspaper industry and a passion for community journalism.” 
Lewter grew up in Whitesboro and graduated from Collinsville High School. He has a degree in journalism from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and completed his graduate school work in mass communications at Stephen F. Austin State University. 

Granfeldt named new publisher for Amarillo, Lubbock

Granfeldt

LUBBOCK – Robert Granfeldt is the new group publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News and Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Gatehouse Media officials announced Feb. 6.
As publisher, Granfeldt is responsible for operations, readership and both publications’ relationship with their communities.
Granfeldt has worked at the Avalanche-Journal, Florida Times-Union and the Montgomery Advertiser. 

National Press Photographers honor Rios

RIOS

SAN ANTONIO – The National Press Photographers Association has honored San Antonio Express-News Director of Photography Jose Luis Rios with the Jim Gordon Editor of the Year award.
Rios was selected from a pool of six nominees. The award recognizes outstanding editors who support and promote strong photojournalism, demonstrate the best use of photos and raise the industry’s standards.  
Rios, 58, a native of Colorado City, Colorado, has served in his current role with the Express-News since January 2010. He oversees nine photojournalists and two photo editors. 

Chappell named publisher for Cleburne Times-Review

Chappell

CLEBURNE – Lisa Chappell, a veteran Texas newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of the Cleburne Times-Review.
She replaces Kay Helms, who recently retired. 
Chappell is the publisher of the Weatherford Democrat, the Mineral Wells Index, the Gainesville Daily Register and the Greenville Herald-Banner, in addition to their affiliated weekly publications in Royse City, Commerce and Rockwall County. She will continue in those roles as well. 

Blake Roberts joins line of family publishers at Andrews County News

Roberts

ANDREWS – James Blake Roberts is the seventh member and fourth generation of his family to oversee operations of the Andrews County News, founded in 1934 when his great grandfather Charles Roberts Sr. moved his family to Andrews from Seagraves.
His promotion to publisher was announced in January by Randall Roberts, president of Roberts Publishing Co., Inc.