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Reporting from the road

For days, I had been planning my Thursday escape from the editor’s desk, determined to keep an appointment in Oklahoma City. As any native Texan should, I kept one wary eye on the weather forecast. 
Just four days earlier, I had covered our Fall Foliage Festival wearing shorts and flip-flops. But on Monday morning, the National Weather Service advised that a new weather system might bring light rain and snow to some parts of the Panhandle.

Prather honored with new national media lawyer award

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.

FOIFT opens conference registration

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.
The one-day conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Blvd. Early bird tickets are $115 and will be available until Sept. 6. 

Governor signs transparency bills

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:

Yesterday's News: Recalling women's pages

While community news and lifestyle pages have replaced the "Women's News" pages of past decades, many in the newspaper business recall the kind of news discussed in this presentation at a TPA convention 80 years ago.

"How to Develop an Interesting Women's Page," a presentation by Miss Laura Lane, society editor for the Vernon Daily Record, at the 60th annual convention of the Texas Press Association, June 8-10, 1939 in Lubbock.

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Florentino ‘Tino’ Duran
Florentino ‘Tino’ Duran of San Antonio, owner, former publisher and CEO of the bilingual biweekly newspaper La Prensa, died Sunday, June 25.

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. 

Midwinter conference, trade show to feature ‘Magic of Design and Publishing’

Professional magician and InDesign pro Jonathan Levit will be featured speaker at the Texas Press Midwinter Conference and Trade Show Jan. 19-21 at the Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco Hotel, Convention Center & Spa, at 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive in Frisco.

With more than 25 years experience in the desktop publishing and graphic design industries, and as an Adobe certified instructor and expert in InDesign, Levit is a popular trainer and consultant.

National Newspaper Week is Oct. 2-8

Help celebrate the 76th anniversary of National Newspaper Week Oct. 2-8.

The annual observance celebrates and emphasizes the impact of newspapers to communities large and small. This year’s theme is “Way to Know!” - Applauding and underscoring newspapers’ role as the leading provider of news in print, online or in palms via mobile devices. Free materials for newspapers are ready to download now at http://www.nationalnewspaperweek.com/