Staff changes, promotions at TPA member newspapers.
Speech by Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism, University of Kentucky, at the 2018 TPA Midwinter Conference
A Houston court of appeals recently sided with media defendants regarding the relationship between Texas’ retraction statute (known as the Defamation Mitigation Act “DMA”) and the Anti-SLAPP statute (known as the Texas Citizens Participation Act “TCPA”).
By Wesley D. Lewis, Associate, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Three Texas newspapers change hands.
Retired AP reporter Mike Cochran shares some of his experiences with the audience as he accepts Hall of Fame induction from Texas Newspaper Foundation President Larry Jackson.
Debi Ryan, publisher of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, accepts the Hall of Fame award on behalf of the Victor B. Fain family. Former publisher Gary Borders (far left) was also hand to help Texas Newspaper Foundation President Larry Jackson make the presentation.
Accepting the Hall of Fame award for John C. Taylor from TFN President Larry Jackson are daughters Beth Taylor (center) and Lisa Weinstein.
GALVESTON — Unique local coverage, important to both readers and advertisers, is key to the future of community newspapers, Texas Press Association members were told at the annual Midwinter Conference and Trade Show in January.
Overcoming adversity — both from market factors and during natural disasters in the communities newspapers serve — was the theme of the “Come Hell or High Water” conference held in Galveston. The importance of hometown newspapers’ local coverage was also a central theme of the sales programs presented during the conference.
Mary Judson, co-publisher of the Port Aransas South Jetty, and Laurie Ezzell-Brown, publisher of The Canadian Record, shared their experiences in the ‘Come Hell or High Water’ midwinter conference presentation.
Moderator Leonard Woolsey, publisher of the Galveston County Daily News, and panel members Yvonne Mintz, publisher of The Facts in Clute; Brenda Burr, publisher of the Bay City Tribune; and Michael A. Smith, editor of the Galveston County Daily News, explain how they and their staffs covered the flooding that inundated coastal areas weeks after Hurricane Harvey’s initial impact.
Two panels of community journalists gave programs concerning how their staffs covered disasters impacting Texas in 2017.
In the program entitled “Come Hell or High Water,” Canadian Record Publisher Laurie Ezzell-Brown discussed covering ice storms and wildfires in the Texas Panhandle and Port Aransas South Jetty Publisher Mary Judson discussed how she used a disaster plan to keep her family newspaper running while directing coverage of the devastation.
Q: I have some candidates wanting to communicate with registered voters through direct mail. I can get the list from the county. But Election Code Sec. 18.009, Unlawful Use of Information on Registration List, states: (a) A person commits an offense if the person uses information in connection with advertising or promoting commercial products or services that the person knows was obtained under Section 18.008. (b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor. Does this specifically exclude commercial products or services but not political advertising?
We live in truly crazy and sophomoric times.
I don’t care who you voted for in the last presidential election; I don’t care where you fall on the political spectrum. At the national level, it’s become a big mudslinging match with all sides involved, including some of our Beltway news media brethren.
All too often, people have allowed their ideology to overwhelm their intellect – and their tempers to run roughshod over reason and accommodation.
And if you’re like me, you’ve noticed some of that mud has splattered on us hometown newspapers.
FLORESVILLE, TX—It was shaping up to be another quiet, ordinary Sunday in November for Wilson County News Editor Nannette Kilbey-Smith.
She was attempting to scrub the skunk smell off her dog when she noticed that her phone was clamoring for her attention. Several people had been trying to reach her, asking if she’d heard about what was going on at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Local residents had been posting on Facebook about an active shooter—and casualties were high.
Congress has passed federal income tax reform legislation with no mention of an advertising tax. Newspaper publishers and others who depend on advertising for their livelihood can breathe a sigh of relief.