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Members approve TPA bylaws amendment

FRISCO, Texas — Texas Press Association members approved a bylaws amendment regarding rules for participating membership during the Midwinter Conference and Trade Show.
Seventy-seven percent voted to allow newspapers that do not meet the requirements of active membership to be participating members if approved by a majority vote of the board of directors.  The vote exceeded the required two-thirds majority of active members present and voting at the convention.

Nominations sought for Texas Gavel Awards

AUSTIN — Submissions are sought for the 2017 Texas Gavel Awards, which honor outstanding journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system.

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.

The awards will be presented at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual conference Sept. 14, 2017 at the Hilton Austin.

Barbara Jordan Media Awards call for nominations

The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities announces the Barbara Jordan Media Awards call for nominations for media content created or published in 2016. 

The award is presented in several different categories, including TV Feature, Internet, Photojournalism, etc. There is no fee for entries. Winners are selected by a panel of professional journalists, people with disabilities and professionals in the field of disabilities.

North and East Texas Press Association plans annual convention

With the North and East Texas Press Association’s 91st annual convention set March 16-18, entry deadline for the regional group’s newspaper contest is fast approaching.

Contest entries are due Feb. 5, according to Todd A. Griffith, NETPA contest chairman. Awards will be presented at the NETPA convention in Sulphur Springs. 

In addition, the group is accepting applications for the annual scholarship.

Best of 2016: Better Newspaper Contest opens Feb. 15

The best examples of journalism and community service are celebrated each year through the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. 

This year, the contest entry period opens Feb. 15. TPA members are invited to upload entries through the Texas BNC online contest platform. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. March 23.

Winners will be announced at the TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat in June. 

Becoming a better newspaper

It’s January, and thoughts will turn shortly to spring – but before that, many a publisher will be considering contest entries.

It will be June before those coveted plaques are handed out, but the deadlines for entries will be much sooner, and I have a few thoughts (and pet peeves) to share about newspaper contests and participation therein.

Check out Facebook for photos of auction items

Time to think about a donation to the annual silent auction benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation.

Items will be on view and bidding will be open during the annual Midwinter Conference Trade Show in Frisco Thursday evening, Jan. 19, and Friday morning, Jan. 20.The auction closes at 11:45 a.m. Friday.

Lawmakers file bills to restore access to public information

AUSTIN – Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Keller, and Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, announced Tuesday they had filed two bills aimed at restoring public access to information essential to holding government accountable in its business dealings with private businesses and non-profit groups.

The lawmakers said the bills will restore access to financial information open to the public for decades prior to two 2015 rulings by the Texas Supreme Court that severely weakened the Texas Public Information Act.