Public notice outcome unclear as legislative session nears end

Another legislative session is nearing an end, and it’s been intense. With four weeks remaining as of Messenger deadline, it’s still too early to tell whether newspaper public notice will survive the biennial barrage of nasty legislation, but one thing is certain: Texas publishers have never been more engaged in the legislative process than this year.

Analysis by DONNIS BAGGETT, Texas Press Association

Registration deadline nears for convention, trade show

Registration deadline is nearing for TPA’s 2021 Convention & Trade Show scheduled June 10-12 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. 
Hotel reservation information and registration forms are available online at Deadline for convention registration and hotel reservations is May 26.
The event, postponed from January, will feature a wide variety of informative sessions, the Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame 2021 induction ceremony, TPA awards and awards in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest.

Convention, Trade Show becomes summer event

While the 2021 TPA Convention and Trade Show was postponed from January to June due to pandemic concerns, the move to a summer convention is permanent.
In virtual meetings in January, the TPA Board of Directors voted to make the annual convention a summer event.

Golf tournament joins convention schedule

With the move from January to June, the TPA Convention and Trade Show will include the Robert Burns Memorial Golf Classic.
Tee time for this year’s tournament is 8 a.m. Thursday, June 10, at Oakmont Country Club golf course. Cost to play is $100, which includes greens fee, cart, practice balls, breakfast burritos and fun. Convention activities kick off later in the day.
The event benefits the Texas Newspaper Foundation, which supports the work of the Texas Center for Community Journalism as well as the Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Contest changing with convention schedule

To accommodate the change from a winter annual meeting to a summer annual meeting, the Texas Better Newspaper Contest is changing its schedule.
Awards presentation for the 2019-20 contest, originally scheduled in January, will be held June 12 as the concluding event of the rescheduled convention. 
The contest period for the next Texas BNC will be Sept. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2021, with awards presentation at the 2022 convention, scheduled July 28-30, 2022, in San Marcos. 

Regional press associations gather for joint convention

A joint convention in Rockwall brought together members of the West Texas Press  and the North and East Texas Press Associations.
The groups met together for many of the sessions and programs and held separate awards programs. Friday sessions included a welcome by Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt, “Creative ways to Generate Local Content” by Brad Blakemore, “Real Journalism Roundtable” with Jim Bardwell, Wyndi Veigel and Kristen Tribe, and “Selling Total Audience/Digital Advertising” by Jake Mienk and Lange Svehlak.

NNA Better Newspaper Contest opened to non-members

The National Newspaper Association Foundation has opened the NNA Better Newspaper Contest to non-members.
All Texas newspapers, regardless of whether they are NNA members, may register for the contest by using the Texas Press Association code, NNAF21.


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Memorial services set for Tom Buckner

Memorial services for former STPA President Thomas "Tom" Addison Buckner, III, are scheduled Saturday, May 1., at Canyon Creek Baptist Church, 4306 S 31st Street, Temple. Activities include a reception for family and friends at 2:45 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 4 p.m. and a fellowship at 5 p.m.
Addison, whose family owned and operated the San Marcos Record for 54 years, died April 9. He was 86.
A native of San Marcos, Hays County, Buckner grew up in the family newspaper business, The San Marcos Record.