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Time to select contest entries

It’s time for Texas Press Association members to begin reviewing work published over the past year and a half in preparation for the 2018-19 Texas Better Newspaper Contest.
To make the transition to a winter awards presentation from summer, the period for this year’s contest covers more than 18 months: January 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019. In future years, the contest period will be Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. 

Texas Sports Hall of Fame honors media members

WACO – The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is honoring the first media representatives selected for induction since 2004.
The group of new honorees include: 
• John McClain, a Houston Chronicle sportswriter who has been a longtime contributor to radio sports talk shows on KTRH (740 AM) and KILT (610 AM) and regularly appears on other stations throughout the country

STPA members share revenue ideas, tour museum

Showing off sweepstakes awards from the STPA Better Newspaper Contest are (from left) Vince Leibowitz, The Colorado County Citizen, Division 1; Ken Cooke, Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, Division 2; and Shannon Crabtree, The El Campo Leader-News, Division 3.

South Texas Press Association members were treated to stories of the hot type era when they toured the Texas Czech Heritage Cultural Center, which includes The Czech Newspaper Museum.

Industry News

Moser Community Media acquires Sulphur Springs News-Telegram
SULPHUR SPRINGS – Hopkins County Publishing, LLC, has acquired the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, Country World, Down Home East Texas and the Hopkins County Neighbors publications from Southern Newspapers, Inc.
Hopkins County Publishing, LCC, is part of Moser Community Media, which owns the Mount Pleasant Tribune in Titus County and other newspapers in Northeast Texas.

Transparency bills pass in tough session

The 86th session of the Texas Legislature was the usual biennial adventure in high-stakes political poker and downright sneakiness. But in the midst of it all, lawmakers did something we hoped they’d do in 2017 — pass major transparency reform bills to address a series of destructive appeals court rulings.
There’s a long list of good news, but let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

Analysis by Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association