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Texas Better Newspaper Contest opens Sept. 9

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
To make the transition to a winter awards presentation from summer, the period for this year’s contest covers more than 18 months. Participants may submit entries from material published from January 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019. In future years, the contest period will be Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. 
Please note two more important changes:

Hall named publisher of Brenham Banner-Press

BRENHAM – Derek Hall is the new editor and publisher of The Banner­-Press. 
The announcement was made by Fred Hartman, president of Washington County Publishing, Inc., parent company of the Banner-Press.
Hall, who has been with the newspaper since 2000, replaced Jay T. Strasner, who joined the Community Impact newspaper group as a general manager in the Dallas-­Fort Worth area.

Hearst names LaBonia senior vice president

HOUSTON – Michael LaBonia, chief revenue officer at the Houston Chronicle, has taken on the additional role of senior vice president for advertising for the Hearst Newspaper Group.
Jeff Johnson, president of Hearst Newspapers, made the announcement. 
LaBonia,who oversees advertising and marketing for the Houston Chronicle Media Group, also oversees advertising performance in all Hearst Newspaper Group markets. 
LaBonia has led the advertising team in Houston for seven years.  

Sacks succeeds Pape as publisher of San Antonio Express-News

A Houston-based Hearst Newspapers executive has been named the new publisher of the San Antonio Express-News. 
Michael Sacks came to Hearst Newspapers in 2012 from Tribune Media and served most recently as the corporation’s senior vice president of operations. 
Sacks manages day-to-day financial operations and long-term strategies at the Express-News. 
Outgoing publisher Susan Pape has become the newspaper’s chairman.  
Pape said she will continue focusing on ways to engage readers, local businesses and the community. 

Jackson named interim publisher of Colorado County Citizen

COLUMBUS – Larry Jackson of La Grange is serving as interim publisher for the Colorado County Citizen.
He is filling in while Granite publications searches for a new publisher, a new managing editor and other staff positions.
Daniel Philhower, vice president of operations at Granite Publications, manager of The Citizen, announced the changes.
Former publisher Michelle Banse Stokes and former business manager Lori Olivarez-Ligues left in late July to pursue a new venture with a travel publication.

Statement of ownership, management, circulation must be filed by Sept. 30

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.
The filing and publication of this form is a requirement for maintaining periodicals mailing privileges. Dailies must publish a completed copy of this form in their newspaper by Oct. 10, and non-dailies by Oct. 31.