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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."

Conference to focus on building revenue

Recent Texas Center for Community Journalism workshops featuring sales training expert Ryan Dohrn have filled quickly. Members are urged to sign up today.

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. 

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.

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.