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Newsprint tariffs: An update

"The tariffs on newsprint are just an unnecessary impediment to a publisher who is providing what every community needs, and is brave enough to embark on a new course to keep the paper viable."

By Matt Paxton,
Lexington News-Gazette, first published online by NNA

Physical standards for proper preparation of ‘flat’ mail like newspapers and magazines

I am sharing relevant content from a recent seminar I attended at the Kentuckiana District Postal Customer Council in Louisville by mailing specialist Ron Burch. I have found him to be a smart guy with in-depth knowledge of the rules in my dealing with that district office. He presented the rules on flat mail design elements, etc.
Although National Newspaper Association members increasingly publish bound magazines as well as newspapers, I thought this review might be helpful to clip and save.

New anti-tariff ads designed by Galveston County Daily News

The Galveston County Daily News recently ran an editorial explaining the impact of recent tariffs on imports of ground wood paper from Canada and urging readers to contact their U.S. representatives and senators. The editorial also kicked off a series of house ads about the issue.
GCDN Publisher Leonard Woolsey is making the ads available to Texas Press members.

Panhandle Press inducts Hudson, Carr into PPA Hall of Fame

Ron Carr
Jim Hudson
Panhandle Press Association members and family show off awards at the 108th convention in Childress.

The late Jim Hudson of Perryton, former Panhandle Press Association and Texas Press Association president, and the late Ron Carr, former Friona publisher, were inducted into the Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame during the group’s 108th annual convention held in Childress.
Thursday’s welcome reception was held at the Childress County Heritage Museum, which prepared a special newspaper exhibit for those attending the convention.

NETPA holds 92nd convention

Tom Mooney Friend of the Newspaper award honorees Glenn and Betsy McNeill.
Longtime Wise County Messenger photographer Joe Duty (left) received the Sam C. Holloway Award at the 2018 North and East Texas Press Association annual awards brunch. Messenger Publisher Roy Eaton presented the plaque. The award honors an outstanding NETPA member and journalist who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in support of the association while also upholding high standards of journalistic integrity and service to the community. For more than a decade, Duty has been the man behind the camera for the Messenger, shooting hundreds of community events and ballgames, along with breaking news. His photographs have garnered many national, state and regional awards - and he added more first-place photography awards in the 2018 NETPA contest.

Holloway Award and Mooney Award winners were honored and contest results were announced when the North and East Texas Press Association met in Granbury for the 92nd annual convention.
The Sam C. Holloway Award, honoring an outstanding NETPA member who upholds high standards of journalistic integrity and service to the community, was presented to Joe Duty of the Wise County Messenger. 

Linares named GM in Texarkana

TEXARKANA – Pili Linares is the new general manager of the Texarkana Gazette, parent company WEHCO Media announced.
Mark Lane, president of WEHCO’s newspaper division, praised Linares’ leadership skills and experience.
Linares came to the Gazette after more than two years as vice president of revenue for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the latest position in her career of more than 25 years in the newspaper industry.

Kevin Leonard Gray

DALLAS - Dallas Morning News Copy Editor Kevin Leonard Gray died April 3 from complications with cancer. He was 60.
A native of Hampton, Virginia, Gray was a graduate of Norfolk State University and began his career at the Ithaca Journal in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
The Dallas Morning News hired him to work in the sports department in September of 1985. 
He worked at the paper for 32 years, winning awards for editing and page design. 
He was the primary content editor of the football special section that often received national recognition.

Robert Hoy Lapham

ABILENE – Robert Hoy “Bob” Lapham, 83, author, long-time editor for the Abilene Reporter-News and the last surviving member of the 1950s pop and rock ‘n’ roll vocal group The Picks, died on April 4. 
A native of Abilene, Lapham graduated from Abilene High School in 1953 and attended Texas Tech University, studying engineering, business administration and speech and dramatics. He was a Tech varsity golf letterman in 1953-54.

Copy of writ clocks in at one dollar per page

Q: A death row inmate filed a writ of habeas corpus to contest his imprisonment. This is a ground zero, front-page news story in my coverage zone. I need to study the writ and it is about 500 pages in length. A copy for public viewing resides in the district clerk’s office, but I do not have time to sit in the district clerk’s office to read the document, take notes, flip pages back and forth, make calls, etc. I was ready to pay 10 cents per page, but the district clerk said a digital version of the document is not available and she cited Government Code Sec.