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.

Judgment, brains and maturity

But just as I say,

It takes judgment, brains, and maturity to score

In a baulk line game,

I say that any boob can take

And shove a ball in a pocket.

– Professor Harold Hill, 

The Music Man


By the time you read this I will have traversed my 60th birthday – or at least I hope I will have traversed it. I guess that remains to be seen.

Newsprint survey due Jan. 31

Every year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) collects data on recycled newsprint. Texas law requires that newspaper publishers submit their report for 2016 to the TCEQ by Jan. 31, 2017. 

More information about the reporting requirement is available in the Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 361.430.

TPA members to consider membership rules change

Texas Press Association members will vote on a proposed bylaws change regarding membership rules at the Midwinter Conference in January.

After much discussion over many months, TPA Board Chairman Randy Mankin instructed the executive committee to review the association’s bylaws regarding membership and report back to the board. The executive committee subsequently proposed an amendment that would relax existing membership rules and give newspaper companies the flexibility to make business decisions that might otherwise prevent them from being members of TPA.