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Neice Bell returns to Herald-Zeitung

NEW BRAUNFELS – Neice Bell has returned as publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
Bell will initially split time between New Braunfels and Kerrville, where she has been publisher of the Kerrville Daily Times for more than two years.
Southern Newspapers, Inc. President Dolph Tillotson announced the change.

Parra takes over Boerne Star; Cartwright accepts advertising director post in New Braunfels

BOERNE – Jeffrey Parra is the new publisher of the Boerne Star, succeeding Brian Cartwright, who concluded his 17-year tenure to become advertising director of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
A veteran newspaper publisher, Parra began his newspaper career in 1994 at the Joplin Globe in Joplin, Missouri. His path to Boerne includes stops at newspapers in St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Mt. Clemens, Michigan; Waxahachie, Texas; Muskogee, Oklahoma; and LaGrange, Georgia. 

Star-Telegram welcomes Mote as new pubilsher

FORT WORTH – A veteran newspaper executive with family ties to Texas has been promoted to publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Ryan Mote, vice president of strategic advertising for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy’s Western region, will start in Fort Worth on Nov. 5, McClatchy, the Star-Telegram’s parent company, announced.
He replaces Sean Burke, who is stepping down to pursue new opportunities.

Midwinter conference sneak preview

Experts in news coverage, digital development and First Amendment topics will share insight on current issues at the 2019 Texas Press Midwinter Conference and Trade Show Jan. 24 - 26 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center.
Guest speakers include a former president of the Newseum’s First Amendment Center, a digital pioneer in the development of newspaper websites and a legendary television news anchor and correspondent who started his career as a newspaper reporter in his native Texas.   

Midwinter Conference to stress importance of local journalism

The 2019 Texas Press Midwinter Conference and Trade Show will focus on the critical importance of community newspapers with the theme “Subscribe to Democracy: Community Journalism Matters.” 
The conference theme dovetails with a Texas Press Service campaign with promotional materials available to member newspapers free of charge.

Tip sheet: Disaster check list

The South Carolina Press Association shared this tip sheet as coastal areas braced for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. The sheet offers sage advice and is available as a resource by clicking here.

 

Tip sheet: Newsroom Safety Best practices

Following the tragic June 28 shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom in  Annapolis, Maryland, the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors assembled a tip sheet on Newsroom Safety Best Practices.
Th information is posted as a resource on the Texas Press Association website. Click here to access it.

FOIFT to honor First Amendment attorney Laura Prather with James Madison Award

AUSTIN – First Amendment attorney Laura Lee Prather, a champion of free speech and government transparency, is the recipient of the 2018 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
The award honors those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment and open government. 
Prather will receive the award Sept. 21 at the John Henry Faulk Awards Luncheon during the foundation’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport State Conference in Austin.

TPA cites Rep. Brooks Landgraf as Champion of Transparency

The Texas Press Association recently recognized Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, as a TPA Champion of Transparency for his legislative work to keep government open to the public.
“He went above and beyond to make government better,” said Odessa American Publisher Patrick Canty, TPA board chairman.
In 2017, Landgraf crafted legislation that aims to establish an online, searchable and public database listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence.

ITC nixes newsprint tariffs

The International Trade Commission’s rejection of newsprint tariffs  on imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada is good news for newspapers struggling with the added costs.
The ITC’s Aug. 29 ruling that U.S. newsprint producers were not materially harmed by imports from Canada effectively puts an end to protective tariffs that the Commerce Department imposed earlier this year and revised in August.