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Hood County News purchased by Hyde Media Group

GRANBURY – The Hood County News changed hands Aug. 13 when the twice-weekly newspaper became the first acquisition of the newly formed Hyde Media Group owned by Paul Hyde, a longtime Hood County resident and founder of the Hyde Law Firm.
The sale ended the HCN’s legacy as a member of the Roberts Publishing Group and the tenure of longtime publisher Jerry Tidwell, who recently retired.

Former editors acquire Jefferson Jimplecute

JEFFERSON – Two former Jefferson Jimplecute editors purchased the newspaper in a deal announced Aug. 21.
V. Hugh Lewis, publisher of the online Marion County Herald, and Austin Lewter, a veteran community newspaper publisher, acquired the Jefferson Jimplecute from Strube-Palmer Media, LLC, Bob Palmer and Mica Wilhite.
They will serve as co-publishers of newly formed Marion County Media, which will oversee both the Jimplecute and the Herald. Both Lewis and Lewter are former editors of the Jimplecute, the fifth-oldest newspaper in Texas.

PPA cancels convention, holds in-person awards presentation

Top award winners in the Panhandle Press Association Contest included (from left) Michael Wright of Moore County, Gabby Perez of Muleshoe, Jeff Blackmon of Hereford, Elaina Estlack of Clarendon, Robin Patterson of Moore County, John Lee of Pampa, Benjamin Estlack of Clarendon, Roger Estlack of Clarendon, Tim Ritter of Canyon, Tara Huff of Fritch, and Shannon Cook of Canyon. PPA’s annual convention was reduced to a banquet event for award presentation and officer installation.

The 110th annual meeting of the Panhandle Press Association was held July 24 at the Hoffbrau Steakhouse in Amarillo.
The association’s annual convention, originally scheduled March 20-21 in Perryton, was distilled into one banquet due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.
Faith Douglas of Canyon and Kade Miller of Panhandle were recognized as scholarship recipients for the coming year.

South Texas Press convention, awards presentation go online

South Texas Press Association opted for a virtual convention this year.
Members gathered for an online meeting Aug. 7. It included a two-part program by Editor & Publisher magazine publisher Mike Blinder, a business meeting and awards presentation.
Blinder’s program included a news session on the topic of “We profit when we focus on what we do best” and an advertising session on the topic of “Taking it to the street: Actionable takeaways you can use immediately to make sizable gains to your top line.”

National Newspaper Association announces award winners

The National Newspaper Association announced 2020 Better Newspaper Contest and Better Advertising Contest winners who will be honored at an awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, during NNA’s 134th Virtual Convention & Trade Show.
There were 1,276 entries in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and 193 entries in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest for a total of 1,469 entries. A total of 523 awards were won by 92 member newspapers in 34 states.

Remembering Granite Publications founder Jim Chionsini

Colleagues and friends throughout the state are remembering Granite Publications founder Jim Chionsini, a leader in the Texas Newspaper industry for more than four decades. 
Chionsini died July 21 at the age of 74.
No public services were held; however, memorial celebrations are planned.
Through tributes published in newspapers, some online and in other formats, journalists across Texas have shared Chionsini’s impact on their careers. 

Summer Revenue Conference goes online

The Aug, 14 Summer Revenue Conference conducted by the Texas Center for Community Journalism has been redesigned in a virtual format, due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in Texas.
The Robert Burns Memorial Golf Classic is still on for Aug. 13 at the Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course in Fredericksburg.