AUSTIN — Four news professionals — H. Deskins “Deck” Wells, George McElroy, Cyndy Slovak-Barton and Bob Dillard — will be inducted into the Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame on Jan. 17.
The induction ceremony will take place during the Texas Press Association 2020 Convention and Trade Show at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center in Galveston.
First Amendment Attorney Laura Prather of Austin is one of the first winners of the Tony Mauro Media Lawyer Award, established this year by The American Lawyer and ALM to honor attorneys who zealously advocate for freedom of the press.
Also honored in the initial awards is CNN's legal department, led by David David Vigilante and Drew Shenkman.
“Defining the Community Forum” is the theme for Texas Press Association’s 140th Convention and Trade Show Jan. 16-18 at Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center and Spa in Galveston.
The U.S. Postal Service’s proposed annual price increases for mailing periodicals are relatively moderate and in line with inflation, according to the National Newspaper Association.
The Postal Service is required by law to maintain rates within the Consumer Price Index. The new rates will take effect in January if approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission.
Promotions, appointments, staff changes at Texas newspapers
Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center and Spa in Galveston is headquarters for the 2020 Texas Press Association Convention and Trade Show Jan. 16-18.
Deadline is approaching for nominations to the Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame and for annual TPA awards, including the Golden 50 Award, the Mayborn Award and the Hartman Award for Excellence in Sports Writing.
HALL OF FAME
The State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee announced the winners of the 2019 Texas Gavel Awards during the recent Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas John Henry Faulk awards luncheon.
Presenting the awards were Martha Dickie, past president of the State Bar of Texas, and Julie Doss of the State Bar public affairs committee.
Meredith Shamburger, editor of The Panola Watchman in Carthage, has been selected to attend Poynter Institute's 2019 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media scheduled in October in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Nominations are sought for the 2020 Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame as well as TPA's annual awards, the Golden 50 Award, the Mayborn Award and the Hartman Award for Excellence in Sports Writing.
For nearly eight decades, National Newspaper Week has celebrated the positive impact of newspapers on their communities large and small.
Theme for the 2019 observance set Oct. 6 - 12 is "Think F1rst - Know Your Five Freedoms," based on the national program that launched Aug. 1 to foster better understanding of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
News about and for Texas newspapers.
Deadline is Nov. 15 for the 2017 Lone Star Journalism Writing Contest, co-sponsored by the Texas Press Association and the Interscholastic League Press Conference.
Entry period opens Sept. 9 for the 2018-19 Texas Better Newspaper Contest, the largest in TPA history.
Participants may upload entries on the contest platform through Oct. 4
TPA members are reminded PS Form 3526, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, must be filed by Sept. 30 with the post office where newspapers are mailed. In addition, the statement must be published during the month of October.