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National Newspaper Week has roots in political history

For nearly eight decades, National Newspaper Week has celebrated the positive impact of newspapers on their communities large and small.
Theme for the 2019 observance set Oct. 6 - 12 is "Think F1rst - Know Your Five Freedoms," based on the national program that launched Aug. 1 to foster better understanding of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Excellence in Journalism Conference set in San Antonio

The Society of Professional Journalists 2019 Excellence in Journalism conference is scheduled Sept. 5 - 7 in San Antonio.
Partners in the conference are the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
The conference provides journalists with the industry’s best training and networking opportunities. In addition to training sessions, the event features a large journalism expo and career fair.

Excellence in Journalism Conference set in San Antonio

The Society of Professional Journalists 2019 Excellence in Journalism conference is scheduled Sept. 5 - 7 in San Antonio.
Partners in the conference are the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
The conference provides journalists with the industry’s best training and networking opportunities. In addition to training sessions, the event features a large journalism expo and career fair.

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.

WTPA plans golf outing

DECATUR – The West Texas Press Association is hosting a Robert Burns Memorial Golf Outing Thursday, July 18, at the Decatur Golf Course as part of the annual WTPA convention.
Entry fee of $69 includes green fee and cart. Proceeds benefit the WTPA scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded annually to college students studying journalism.

Transparency reforms find support in legislature

With only 12 days remaining in the current session of the Texas Legislature, we’re optimistic that transparency reforms championed by TPA for years may finally become law. Much can happen in the final days of the session, but so far lawmakers have been supportive of government contract transparency, access to dates of birth, opening police files on the deaths of suspects and access to public records that officials hide on their private devices.

Analysis By DONNIS BAGGETT, Texas Press Association

Time to sign up for TCCJ Revenue Conference

Time to register for "Revenue Strategies: Tactics What Work for Texas Community Newspapers," a one-day conference June 21 at the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg.
The event is jointly sponsored by the Texas Center for Community Journalism and the Texas Press Association. 
TCCJ Director Tommy Thomason said the workshop is also free, "thanks to the generosity and vision of the Texas Newspaper Foundation."

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.