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Staff changes at Texas newspapers

Kaley Branch
Gatesville Messenger
GATESVILLE – Kaley Branch recently joined The Gatesville Messenger staff as a reporter covering general news assignments and features.
Raised in Arlington, Branch studied journalism and broadcasting at Tarrant County College. She previously worked as an analyst for XTO Energy in Fort Worth and was a recruiter for MMC Strategic Staffing in Dallas. She and her husband, Taylor, who is a Gatesville High School graduate, moved their family to Gatesville 18 months ago.

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Florentino ‘Tino’ Duran
Florentino ‘Tino’ Duran of San Antonio, owner, former publisher and CEO of the bilingual biweekly newspaper La Prensa, died Sunday, June 25.

Retreat showcases strength in Texas newspaper industry

Among the past presidents joining in passing the gavel to Randy Keck to hand to new president Patrick Canty were (from left) Craig Ferguson, Russel Skiles and Randy Mankin.

RUIDOSO, NM — TPA members attending the 2017 Summer Leadership Retreat celebrated innovation and success while sharing ideas and strategies for facing challenges in the newspaper industry.
The retreat at the Inn of the Mountain Gods featured a number of round table sessions. Members brainstormed and discussed topics ranging from ideas for increasing revenue to ethics in news coverage and legislative concerns, especially in relation to publication of public notices in newspapers.

Veteran Victoria Advocate sports writer honored with 2017 Fred Hartman Award

Victoria Advocate sports writer Mike Forman (right) accepts the Hartman Award for Excellence in Sports Writing from TPA President Randy Keck at the TPA Summer Leadership Retreat.

RUIDOSO, N.M. — Mike Forman, a veteran sportswriter for the Victoria Advocate, was honored with the Fred Hartman Excellence in Sports Writing Award on June 17 at the Texas Press Association Summer Leadership Retreat at Inn of the Mountain Gods.
Forman was presented with a plaque and a $1,000 cash award by outgoing Texas Press Association President Randy Keck, on behalf of the Hartman family, sponsor of the award.

Jim Moser becomes second-generation Mayborn Award recipient

2017 Mayborn Award winner Jim Moser(left) accepts the award from his father Charles Moser. They are only father and son recipients in the history of the award.

RUIDOSO, NM — Texas Press Association has named Jim Moser the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership. 
The presentation was made at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico, during the association’s annual Summer Leadership Retreat on June 17. 
Presenting the award was his father Charles Moser, longtime editor and publisher of the Brenham Banner-Press and a previous recipient of the award.  Outgoing TPA President Randy Keck noted that the Mosers are the first father and son recipients in the history of the Mayborn award.

2017 Better Newspaper Contest Awards announced

Texas Better Newspaper Contest Sweepstakes winners on hand to accept their newspapers' awards at the Summer Leadership Retreat were Mike Forman, Victoria Advocate; Jerry Tidwell, Hood County News; J.L. Mankin, Big Lake Wildcat; Kim Ware, Azle News; Laurie Brown, The Canadian News; and James Draper, Kilgore News Herald. Other sweepstakes winners were The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, the Rockdale Reporter and the Westlake Picayune.

RUIDOSO, NM – The 2017 Texas Better Newspaper Awards were announced during the awards brunch at the Texas Press Leadership Retreat held this year at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
This year, 143 newspapers submitted 1,410 entries in the contest. The results are published annually in the TPA Winners’ Circle and a list of winners by newspaper is available now by clicking here.

NNA 2017 newspaper contest winners announced

Judging results have been processed and winners of the National Newspaper Association 2017 Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest have been posted on the NNA website. Among the winners are 47 Texas newspapers. 
There were 1,433 entries in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and 221 entries in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest for a total of 1,654 entries. A total of 475 awards were won by 117 member newspapers in 33 states.

Keeping an eye on the storms

CANTON – When a series of deadly tornadoes touched down in Northeast Texas on the afternoon of Saturday, April 29, news professionals at the Canton Herald were looking out for their readers as well as themselves. 
At 5:27 p.m. the newspaper issued its first ominous post on Facebook: “Severe weather in the area. Tornadoes have been confirmed. A slow-moving storm is headed towards Canton. A tornado warning is in effect. Listen for sirens and take cover.” 
At 6:18 p.m. the Herald reported: “Prepare for a third storm to pass over Canton around 6:30.”

Panhandle Press Hall of Fame inducts two newspaper veterans

PPA Hall of Fame members Toby Brooks (left) and Don Richards with PPA Vice President Joni Yara at the 107th annual Panhandle Press Association convention in Amarillo.
Canadian Record publisher Laurie Brown, Eastern New Mexico News publisher Rob Langrell and Community Service winner Joni Yara of the Booker News show off PPA general excellence and community service awards.
Panhandle Press members show off their awards at their annual convention.

AMARILLO – Two newspaper veterans were inducted into the Hall of Fame and winners in the regional better newspaper contest were awarded at the 107th annual Panhandle Press Association Convention held April 20-22 in Amarillo.
Thursday’s reception was highlighted by a welcome reception held at the abandoned Herring Hotel, which hosted PPA conventions from the 1930s through the 1960s. PPA memorabilia was on display from the Herring days, and PPA members Laurie Ezzell Brown, Mary Hudson Dudley, and Susan Hogue Allen recalled attending conventions at the Herring with their parents.