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Silent Auction benefits Texas Newspaper Foundation

Items are now being accepted for the annual silent auction benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation. 
Items will be on display and up for bid during the trade show at the annual TPA convention Jan. 21-23. Bidding ends at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, when winners will pay for and pick up their items.

Jenna Bichsel acquires the Claude News from Mustion family

CLAUDE – Jenna Bichsel has acquired the Claude News from Christiana and Jimmy Mustion, who owned and operated the newspaper for the past five years.
Bichsel has been a resident of Claude since 1990 and graduated high school there. She has experience working with the newspaper. She and her husband, Ben, have three children.
Bichsel studied journalism, English and graphic design in college and has taught English at the elementary and middle school levels.

M. Roberts Media names Gould regional publisher in East Texas

Alexander Gould

Alexander Gould has assumed duties as publisher of The Marshall News Messenger following the retirement of Jerry Pye.
Gould also serves as regional publisher for two M. Roberts Media-owned newspapers, the Panola Watchman in Carthage and the Kilgore News Herald.
He previously served as vice president of sales and general manager at the Herald & Review newspaper in Decatur, Illinois and publisher at The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi.
His appointment was announced by Stephen McHaney, president of M. Roberts Media.

2021 TPA Convention & Trade Show set

Texas Press Association’s 2021 Convention and Trade Show Jan. 21-23 will be an in-person event celebrating the resilience of Texas newspapers as the economy continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center is headquarters for the event. TPA Executive Director Mike Hodges is working with the convention center staff to ensure that health and safety protocols in place at that time will be observed. 

Relevance Project releases resources to help newspapers, their advertisers

The Newspaper Association Managers’ Relevance Project has released Revenue Resource 2020 to assist newspapers in aiding businesses of all kinds as the economy emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
“Our goal is to keep expanding this new resource,” said Steve Nixon, NAM president.
“We appreciate our associations’ support of The Relevance Project and the timely collaborations to strengthen community newspapers.”
The initial phase of the Relevance Project Revenue Resource has 18 sales promotions: 

2021 Lone Star Writing Contest deadline approaching

Nov. 16 is the deadline for the 2021 Lone Star Journalism Writing Contest, co-sponsored by Texas Press Association and the Interscholastic League Press Conference. 
Through the annual contest, participating students write general-interest features for publication in their hometown newspapers. Cash prizes will be awarded. 
Since UIL Academics does not have an amateur rule, students may participate in this contest as well as participate in UIL journalism competition or any other academic contest.

Zimmerman takes reins as LK Media publisher

LUFKIN—LK Media Group has named Jackie Zimmerman as publisher of all its newspapers, including the Red River Sun, The Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon, the Knox County News-Courier and the Post Dispatch, replacing Bruce Green.
Zimmerman, a former city editor with the Lufkin Daily News who also owns a marketing and public relations firm in Lufkin, previously served as managing editor of all the papers.
“She has already made great improvements within the company,” said Stormi Pressley Clifton, director of operations & design.