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Mission One: Revenue conference coming back to Austin Aug. 15-17

“Mission One: Revenue” conference is coming back to Austin for the 2019 event Aug. 15-17 at the Austin American Statesman, 305 S. Congress. 
Texas Press is a sponsor, along with Inland Press Association, the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and The Blinder Group.
The conference starts Thursday, Aug. 15, with sessions from 1 to 5:15 p.m. and continues Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8:15 until 11:45 a.m.

Under New Employment Advertising Rule, Americans Need Not Apply

(News Media Association has given reprint permission to the following op-ed. Please note that this action is pending on the Federal level, not state. Please direct any comments you have to your U.S. Representative.)

Proposed changes to an advertising requirement for employers in the U.S. could mean that soon, many eligible American workers will not learn about available job opportunities in the U.S. before they are offered to non-resident, foreign workers instead.

By Paul Boyle, News Media Alliance

White Birch Paper ceases newsprint production at Bear Island facility

GREENWICH, Conn., (Press release) - White Birch Paper announced it will cease production of newsprint effective immediately at the Bear Island facility in Ashland, Va. 
White Birch sold the mill to Cascades in July of 2018, and leased the mill back with the intention of making newsprint for two more years. The mill had an annual capacity of approximately 240,000 MT per year of newsprint and employed just over 140 people. 

TPA members needed to help judge Tennessee Press Contests

Volunteers are needed to help judge the 2019 Tennessee State Press Contests, sponsored by the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Press Association. Judging periods begin March 25 and April 1.

Tennessee Press has two contests with two judging periods:

Editorial contest: 

• Judging period starts March 25 

• 45 to 50 judges needed

Advertising/Circulation Ideas Contest:

• Judging starts April 1

• 10 to 15 judges needed

TCEQ extends deadline for recycle newsprint reports to Feb. 28

The deadline for annual recycled newsprint reports has been extended this year to Feb. 28, according to Alex Frame of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Every year, TCEQ collects data on recycled newsprint. Texas law requires that newspaper publishers submit their reports to the TCEQ.  
More information about the reporting requirement is available in the Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 361.430.

TPA celebrates legacy, future as newspaper industry evolves

Roy Eaton and Bob Schieffer sharing stories from 60 years in journalism.

Two old friends reminiscing about the early days of their careers together and sharing stories from more than 60 years in journalism provided some of the most memorable moments of the 2019 Texas Press Association Convention and Trade Show.
Wise County Messenger President Roy Eaton, the 2019 Mayborn Award winner, and legendary broadcast journalist Bob Schieffer, retired CBS News anchor and chief Washington correspondent, sat down together on stage Saturday morning for the final program of the convention. 

Roy Eaton honored with 2019 Mayborn Award

Roy Eaton received the Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership from TPA President Laurie Ezzell-Brown at the annual TPA convention in Denton.

The Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership was presented to Roy Eaton, president of the Wise County Messenger, at the closing event of the Texas Press Association convention and trade show in Denton. TPA President Laurie Ezzell Brown made the presentation.
The award includes a $3,000 journalism scholarship to help a student at school of the recipient’s choice. Eaton said he was putting Texas Center for Community Journalism Director Dr. Tommy Thomason in charge of awarding the scholarship to a TCU student.

Collins wins Hartman award

Stephen Collins, veteran sports editor of The Alvin Sun and The Alvin Advertiser, receives the Hartman Award For Excellence in Sports Writing from Fred Hartman of Hartman Newspapers.

Stephen Collins, veteran sports editor of The Alvin Sun and The Alvin Advertiser, was awarded the Fred Hartman Award by the Texas Press Association. 
Fred Hartman, grandson of the award’s namesake, made the presentation at the Texas Press Association Convention and Trade Show in Denton. He noted that Collins, a long-time employee of the Hartman Newspapers publication The Alvin Sun, was a two-time winner of the award. He was previously honored in 2014.

Awards highlight leadership, service

Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame inductees (from left) Donnis Baggett, Bill Cooke and Chuck Hubbs (representing the late Barney Hubbs) with Texas Newspaper Foundation President Greg Shrader.

The 2019 Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame induction ceremonies celebrated generations of service to the newspaper industry and local communities.
Members of the 2019 class of inductees are Bill Cooke of Rockdale, Donnis Baggett of Bryan and the late Barney Hubbs of Pecos.