Promotions, staff additions and other changes at Texas newspapers.

MIRANDA OGLESBY, Mount Pleasant Tribune

FOIFT to honor Odessa American Publisher Pat Canty with Madison Award

AUSTIN – Odessa American publisher Patrick Canty, whose newspaper has waged a lengthy legal battle for access to local public records, will be honored with the prestigious James Madison Award.

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas bestows the award on those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the principles of the First Amendment and open government. It will be presented at the foundation’s state conference Sept. 24.

Better Newspaper Contest changing schedule for next event

The Texas Better Newspaper Contest is going back to a calendar year contest period, giving newspapers a few more months to prepare for the next event.

For the past two contests, newspapers have submitted contest entries in late September and early October. There is no contest entry period this fall, however. Instead, entries will be accepted next spring. The contest is changing to adapt to TPA’s schedule of an annual summer convention.

Texas Girls Coaches Association honors TPA

TPA Chairman Ramona Ferguson with Brad Blalock, TGCA board president.

The Texas Girls Coaches Association honored Texas Press Association with the Margaret McKown Distinguished Service Award, citing outstanding contributions to girls’ athletics, during an awards program held in conjunction with the group’s annual summer clinic. On behalf of TPA, Chairman Ramona Ferguson accepted the award from Brad Blalock, incoming TGCA board president. TPA was recognized for doing an outstanding job of promoting girls’ athletics throughout Texas by distributing press releases and covering girls’ athletics.

TGCPA hosts state officials for convention program

GIDDINGS – Texas Gulf Coast Press Association members enjoyed programs featuring state officials as well as noted journalists during their 83rd convention at Tejas Camp & Retreat near Giddings. Speakers included a trio of Texas A&M graduates and college buddies, former Gov. Rick Perry, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp and Fayette County Judge Joe Weber; and Concordia University Professor Dr. Mike Wallace, a former journalism teacher at La Grange High School.

STPA members gather in Uvalde for 95th convention

UVALDE — South Texas Press Association members gathered July 29-31 for the group’s 95th convention. Sessions were held at the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, where the group was welcomed by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. Speakers included Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer, columnist, reporter and editor Jeffrey Gerritt, former editor of the Palestine Herald-Press, and decorated news photographer Dean Smith, who provided two sessions. Activities resumed Saturday with the annual business meeting and awards presentations.