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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.

First Amendment attorney Laura Prather is a finalist for the  2019 Excellence in Advocacy Awards by the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference (“PWAC”).

Texas Press Association's 106th president, John Harold Crawford, died July 26 in Dallas. He was 91.
Crawford, former editor of the Denison Herald and owner of the Wood County Democrat and Pottsboro Press, served as president of TPA in 1983-84. He was also active in the North and East Texas Press Association, which honored him with the Sam C. Holloway award in 1981.

Registration is open for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas annual state conference scheduled conference on Friday, Sept. 20, in Austin. 
FOI leaders and experts will explore the latest developments in these areas and look to the future.

During one of the first Little League baseball games I covered as reporter and photographer, I was confronted by a gentleman who asked me to explain the Little League rules that govern subbing in a player who is not in the batting order.
I suspected it was a test, and that he knew the answer. 

Legislation bringing government contracts back into public record and repairing several harmful court rulings have been signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott.
By the deadline June 16, Gov. Abbott signed several important pieces of transparency legislation lawmakers sent to his desk this year, including:

On a long trip back from the Gulf Coast last month, I had plenty of time to think about the interesting people I’ve met and the wealth of information I’ve gleaned while traveling the regional press convention circuit.

With only 12 days remaining in the current session of the Texas Legislature, we’re optimistic that transparency reforms championed by TPA for years may finally become law.