Newsletter

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.

Newsprint survey due Jan. 31

Publishers and printing company officials are reminded that the annual recycled newsprint survey form must be filed by Jan. 31. 
Each year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) collects data on recycled newsprint.  Texas law requires that newspaper publishers submit their report for 2020 to the TCEQ by Jan. 31, 2021. More information about the reporting requirement is available in the Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 361.430.
The current survey form is available online for publishers to fill out and return to the TCEQ.

Anson Jones media awards

Texas journalists are encouraged to enter the Anson Jones, MD, awards, sponsored by the Texas Medical Association.
For the third year in a row, a print journalist took home the Texas Health Journalist of the Year title in Texas Medical Association’s Anson Jones, MD, Awards competition. 
Lauren Caruba, a San Antonio Express-News reporter, took top honors in 2020. Jess Huff, a reporter at The Lufkin Daily News, and Sophie Novack, a Texas Observer reporter, received honorable mention, along with Bonnie Petrie of Texas Public Radio. 

Anson Jones media awards

Texas journalists are encouraged to enter the Anson Jones, MD, awards, sponsored by the Texas Medical Association.
For the third year in a row, a print journalist took home the Texas Health Journalist of the Year title in Texas Medical Association’s Anson Jones, MD, Awards competition. 
Lauren Caruba, a San Antonio Express-News reporter, took top honors in 2020. Jess Huff, a reporter at The Lufkin Daily News, and Sophie Novack, a Texas Observer reporter, received honorable mention, along with Bonnie Petrie of Texas Public Radio. 

Into the Issues: Papers close offices, partly to keep from closing entirely

By Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

When the only local newspaper also served as the only local job printer, many people would refer to them as "the printing office." Job printing went elsewhere long ago, and few papers do their own printing. Now many of them don't even have offices.

Publishers were already selling their real estate, their greatest hard asset, and moving to smaller quarters. Then the pandemic hit, forcing most news work to be done remotely, and that seems to have made more publishers question the basic idea of a newsroom.

America's Newspapers launches holiday marketing campaign

A new marketing campaign rolled out by America's Newspapers encourages readers to "Shop Local. Eat Local. Read Local."
The ads read: "Local businesses and restaurants need your support more than ever this holiday season. And they've come up with creative ways for you to shop safely through delivery, pickup and online." 
"In print and online you'll find the best shopping deals, ideas on what to do with your family and the latest news to help you celebrate safely this season."

Celebrate National Newspaper Week Oct. 4-10

Oct. 4 through 10 is National Newspaper Week, an annual observance sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) to recognize the service of newspapers to their communities.
Theme for the 80th annual observance is "America Needs Journalists." Images of the 2020 logo and five ads in seven sizes are available on the website, www.nationalnewspaperweek.com. The ads, designed for both print and web use, may be customized with local newspaper logos.

Remember to file, publish USPS Form 3526

TPA members are reminded that PS Form 3526, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, must be filed by Sept. 30 with the post office where newspapers are mailed. In addition, the statement must be published during the month of October.
The filing and publication of this form is a requirement for maintaining periodicals mailing privileges. Dailies must publish a completed copy of this form in their newspaper by Oct. 10, and non-dailies by Oct. 31.