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

Transparency bills are alive and well as session wanes

Pro-transparency bills supported by the Texas Press Association are alive and well with less than a month remaining in the legislative session. We’reoptimistic that lawmakers will pass long-overduereforms, but it’s still too early to celebrate.

Analysis by Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association

Clyde awarded NETPA Sam Holloway Award

Nelson Clyde, (right) former publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, accepted the Sam C. Holloway Award at the North and East Texas Press Association convention in Tyler. Jake Mienk, publisher of the Palestine Herald-Press, presented the award.

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph
Former Tyler Morning Telegraph Publisher Nelson Clyde accepted the Sam C. Holloway Award when the North and East Texas Press Association met in Tyler for the group’s 93rd annual convention.
The award recognizes a NETPA member and journalist who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in support of the association while also upholding high standards of journalistic integrity and service to the community.

NETPA celebrates 93rd convention in Tyler

The North and East Texas Press Association recognized Metro Regional Sales Manager Lou Ann Sornson with the Tom Mooney Memorial Friend of the Newspaper Award in recognition of her years of dedication and friendship to the association and the newspaper industry. NETPA Chairman Rick Craig presented the award.
Sweepstakes winners in the North and East Texas Press Association contest include (from left, top photo) The Gladewater Mirror, Jim Bardwell, for the small weekly division; Tyler Morning Telegraph, Emily Guevara, for the daily division; The Farmersville Times, Wyndi Veigel, for the large weekly division; The Sachse News, Sonia Duggan, for the medium weekly division and The Hood County News, Cher Thompson, for the semi weekly division.
At the 93rd annual convention in Tyler, NETPA members recognized Jessica and Bill Woodall, former owners of Bluebonnet Publishing, for their service to the newspaper industry and NETPA.

Sales training, contest awards, fellowship and fun were all on tap when the North and East Texas Press Association hosted its annual conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Tyler April 4-6.
The conference featured sales training by Ryan Dohrn in an all-day seminar on Friday. In addition, Lou Ann Sornson with Metro Creative Graphics shared new products to improve sales and ad content. 

Larson joins Atlanta Journal, Cass County Sun as publisher

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Citizens Journal and the Cass County Sun recently welcomed Shawn Larson as editor and publisher.
Larson joined the staff in Atlanta after three years in Bellville, where he was the managing editor for a local newspaper, and had a business managing internet marketing and building websites.
Larson previously served as managing editor of a small newspaper in Hoxie, Kansas, where he said he grew to love the community newspaper industry while developing skills as an editor and manager.

Cooper named publisher of Mount Pleasant Tribune

MOUNT PEASANT – Tony Cooper is the new publisher of the Mount Pleasant Tribune, succeeding Mark Henry.
As publisher, Cooper also oversees operations at the Pittsburg Gazette and the Steel Country Bee in Daingerfield. 
The three newspapers are part of the Northeast Texas Publishing Group.
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Cooper is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. 
He spent the past nine years in advertising and management, most recently with the Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Czech Newspaper Museum features 1880s print shop

LA GRANGE – The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange has dedicated a new facility, the Czech Newspaper Museum, at the Czech Village in La Grange.
The new museum is a replica of an 1800s print shop and tells the story of numerous early Czech newspapers printed across Texas. The museum showcases the tools of a trade — a printing press, an engine and other equipment that was used to print newspapers in that era.