Federal court puts new overtime rule on hold

Judge Amos Mezzant of the US District Court of Eastern Texas has issued a preliminary injunction against new overtime rules scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1, the National Newspaper Association reports.

The judge said his order would hold until further court review, accepting the argument of a number of state governments that to allow the rule to go into effect would create harm to employers, NNA Public Policy Director Tonda Rush said in a statement released Tuesday.

Texas Press 2017 Midwinter Conference & Trade Show set

Texas Press Association members are encouraged to join the fun and informative sessions planned Jan. 19-21 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa.

Serving as one of the main draws of the midwinter conference is the 50-booth trade show in the hotel convention center’s Frisco Ballroom. Inside the trade show will be the ever-popular Texas Newspaper Foundation Silent Auction, featuring items ranging from practical to unusual to luxurious.

Survey shines spotlight on the under-studied world of local journalism

A new online survey is asking local journalists in the US to share their story as part of a wider initiative examining the health of the local newspaper industry.

Supported by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Knight Foundation, this project, “Local News in a Digital World,” comes at a time of continued disruption for the wider newspaper industry.

The statistics speak for themselves:

• Between 2007 – when there were 55,000 people employed in newsrooms – and 2015, newspapers shed over 20,000 jobs.

Tips for making public notices noticeable

(Editor's Note: Ed henninger will be featured at the 2017 Texas Press Midwinter Conference and Trade Show Jan. 19-21 with more on this topic, including examples from a Texas newspaper.)

FRANKLIN, Tennessee — The Public Notice Resource Center’s premier public notice conference packed the room on the first day of the National Newspaper Association’s annual convention.

The nonprofit Public Notice Resource Center provides information about the civic value of public notices in local newspapers.

Indivisible is hard

Franklin, Tennessee was the site of the most recent convention of the National Newspaper Association. On the first full morning of the convention, the NNA has a long tradition of calling the roll of the states, and it was my thrill to carry in the Texas flag. Throughout the next two days, the flags of all 50 states lined the sides of the ballroom.

The roll call follows an Honor Guard, the Presentation of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Know the state's rules before launching drones in Texas

Alicia Calzada, ALICIA CALZADA, Hayes and Boone, LLP


Q: “How do the new FAA rules on the use of drones affect Texas newspapers? I thought we had a state law that pretty much prohibits use of drones for media photography.”

A: The journalism world celebrated this summer when the Federal Aviation Administration enacted its long-awaited drone rules, clearing the way for the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) for newsgathering.

The Dallas Morning News is relocating to the Statler Library

The Dallas Morning News announced it has signed a letter of intent to move its headquarters to The Statler Library, formerly known as the Old Dallas Central Library, at the corner of Commerce and Harwood Streets in downtown Dallas. After 67 years at its home on Young Street, the Morning News is taking the next step in its transformation to a digitally-focused media company. The move is planned for mid- 2017.

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