News and Events

Delayed 2021 convention provides members post-pandemic reunion

Outgoing TPA President Ramona Ferguson is honored by incoming President Jim Bardwell with a plaque commemorating her year of service. As immediate past president, Ferguson chairs the TPA board of directors.

DENTON – Jim Bardwell received the gavel of Texas Press Association presidential leadership from a long line of predecessors at the 141st TPA Convention and Trade Show in Denton.

TPA honors H. V. O’Brien with Frank Mayborn Award

Eastland County Today Publisher H.V. O’Brien and his daughter, Amy O’Brien-Glenn, show off the 2021 Mayborn Award.

DENTON – The Texas Press Association honored veteran newspaper publisher and book author H.V. O’Brien with the Frank W. Mayborn Award for Outstanding Community Leadership.
TPS President Jim Bardwell presented the award June 12 at the concluding luncheon of the TPA Convention and Trade Show in Denton.
O’Brien, editor and publisher of Eastland County Today, noted that he and his wife, Gaynell, have been associated with the newspapers in Eastland County since 1962. 

Collins wins Hartman Award for third time

Alvin Sun and Advertiser Sports Editor Stephen Collins shows off his third Fred Hartman Award for Excellence in Sports Writing. With him was Dan Moore, who presented the award.

DENTON – Alvin Sun and Advertiser Sports Editor Stephen Collins has taken home this third Fred Hartman Award for Excellence in Sports Writing.
The award was presented by former Sun and Advertiser Publisher Dan Moore at the TPA Convention and Trade Show in Denton. Moore currently publishes the Henderson News.
Collins was also honored in 2014 and in 2019.
Thanking the Hartman family, TPA and his family, Collins also noted that this time was extra special because he was able to celebrate the award with his new bride, Josephine Collins, whom he married in March.

Newspapers come out OK in messy legislative session

It was an underwhelming legislative session — not only because of the trash talk, partisan bickering and walkouts, but because of weather and health crises that were delivered by Mother Nature and made messier by the masked-up members of mankind. When the smoke cleared, however, the 2021 session of the Texas Legislature that ended with so much public business left undone was a positive one for the Texas newspaper industry.  

Analysis By Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association

Vendors display products, services in TPA Trade Show

DENTON – Vendors demonstrated and shared their products and services with TPA members at the 141st Convention and Trade Show in Denton.
Sponsored by eType Services, the trade show kicked off convention events with a reception Thursday evening. Trade show hours continued on Friday morning.
A complete list of vendors is included in the 2021 Buyers Guide on the TPA website, The list includes links to the vendors’ individual websites.

Newspapers and the stimulus package: A live webinar

A live webinar going over the stimulus package and how it relates to the newspaper industry is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 28. The FREE event starts at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28.
The bill includes a potential second draw for PPP loans with expanded definitions of forgivable expenses. Additionally, the bill includes a special set of rules for news organizations regarding eligibility, affiliation, and publicly traded companies.
TPA members are invited to join Scott Sternberg and Keith Naccari, of Sternberg, Naccari & White, to learn more.

2021 Lone Star Writing Contest deadline approaching

Nov. 16 is the deadline for the 2021 Lone Star Journalism Writing Contest, co-sponsored by Texas Press Association and the Interscholastic League Press Conference. 
Through the annual contest, participating students write general-interest features for publication in their hometown newspapers. Cash prizes will be awarded. 
Since UIL Academics does not have an amateur rule, students may participate in this contest as well as participate in UIL journalism competition or any other academic contest.