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NETPA honors Gary Borders with Sam Holloway Award

Gary Borders was presented the Sam Holloway Award by Suzanne Bardwell at the North & East Texas Press Association convention.

SULPHUR SPRINGS — Gary Borders, an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 40 years, was awarded the Sam Holloway Award at the 2017 North & East Texas Press Association convention.
During his career, Borders served as editor and publisher of newspapers in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Mount Pleasant, San Augustine, Cedar Park and Junction City, Kansas. He also taught journalism at Kilgore College. 

Final audit reports are public information; audit working papers are not

Q: Our hospital district board of trustees went into closed session with an outside independent auditor, the board’s attorney, the district attorney and local law enforcement to discuss a forensic audit of district’s finances under its former president. Afterward, the board reconvened in open session and did not discuss the audit results, but voted to send the audit report to law enforcement. Didn’t the board have a duty to discuss the audit report and say why they are sending it to law enforcement before calling a vote?

Granite Publications CEO forms new management company

Granite Publications is announcing changes.
Granite CEO Brandi Chionsini is leaving the group and has formed a new management company. Five newspapers will be part of Fenice Community Media Group – four weeklies, Madisonville Meteor, The Sealy News, Fort Stockton Pioneer and The Hill Country News – and one semi-weekly, the Gonzales Inquirer.
Granite Founder Jim Chionsini is stepping back into the operations and he, along with Controller Daniel Philhower, will manage the Granite group.

News Media Alliance Launches Campaign to Support Real News

The News Media Alliance today announced the launch of a national campaign focused on combatting the increasing prevalence of fake news. The campaign, Support Real News, shines a light on the harm to the public caused by fake news and the importance of real news produced by respected, trusted news organizations employing high-quality, investigative journalists.

Upcoming award deadlines

Texas Gavel Awards
Deadline: April 3
The State Bar of Texas Gavel Awards recognize excellence in journalism that educates the public about the rule of law, the legal profession and the judicial branch of government and discloses legal system practices or procedures needing correction.
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.

Caller-Times President Libby Averyt retires

Libby Averyt

CORPUS CHRISTI  – Caller-Times president Libby Averyt retired Feb. 17 from a 30-plus year career at the newspaper.

Averyt, 53, said retirement was a personal decision. What she will miss most, she added, are those who she worked with side-by-side, who have shown a steadfast commitment to the Caller-Times and the community. 

Leadership changes

Dannie Oliveaux, The Pittsburg Gazette and The Steel Country Bee
PITTSBURG –Dannie Oliveaux has assumed the role of editor and publisher of The Pittsburg Gazette and The Steel Country Bee in Daingerfield. 
Oliveaux replaces Debbie Knox, who retired. 
“I’m excited about my new position as editor and publisher of both newspapers and returning closer to home,” Oliveaux said. 

Newsmakers

Juan Castillo
AUSTIN – Juan Castillo, a veteran newsman who has reported and edited at the Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle and McAllen Monitor, is returning to the Statesman to lead editorial and commentary efforts, Editor Debbie Hiott announced in a commentary. 

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KATHY LU COOKE MARTIN
ROCKDALE – Kathy Lu Cooke Martin, 57, a lifetime resident of Rockdale and fourth-generation publisher of the Rockdale Reporter, died Feb. 8.
She was born Oct. 28, 1959, in Rockdale, where she grew up, married the love of her life and worked for the newspaper her family has owned and operated since her great grandfather purchased it in 1911.