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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.

John Fooks

TEXARKANA, ARK. – Former Texarkana Gazette writer John Fooks, 65, died Sept. 20. 
As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he had a passion for telling the stories of other veterans. He was also active with local veterans groups and participated in memorial activities.
Fooks was a feature writer and columnist at the Texarkana Gazette for 27 years. Many of his friends and fellow veterans credited him with shining light on veterans issues that were unknown to many people.
Fooks was a Mason, a Vietnam veteran and a past district governor of Toastmasters International.

Terry Wells

BUNA – Buna Beacon owner-publisher Terry Lee Wells died Sept. 28 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. He was 55.
Funeral services were held Oct. 6 at Adams E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville, with burial at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. 
A native of Orange, Wells is survived by his wife, Marjorie Wells, three brothers and other relatives. 

 

Terry Young

AUSTIN – Veteran journalist Terry Young, a former president of the Austin Headliners Club, died Oct. 1 at his home in Cedar Park. 
He was 81.
A native of Pampa, Young excelled at baseball after his family relocated to the Rio Grande Valley. While still in his teenage years, he became a sportswriter and editor, capacities in which he served for three daily papers while pursuing his love of athletics in high school and beyond. 

TPA cites Murr as champion of transparency

The Texas Press Association recently recognized Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, as a Champion of Transparency for his work to keep public notices in newspapers. Murr has represented District 53 since 2014. The award was presented by Melissa Perner, publisher of the Ozona Stockman, during a recent town hall meeting in Ozona.

Publishers can set conditions for publishing submitted articles

Q: A prominent member of the community submitted something labeled as a “news report” on a controversial local topic. He asked us to publish it in the news section of our next edition under his byline. It’s not straight reportage — obviously an opinion piece — it’s way too long and we’ve learned it is the work of a ghostwriter who lives in town. My tendency would be not to run it for the aforementioned reasons. Any thoughts?

It's time to rally the troops

If we weren’t already convinced that the proverbial pen packs a powerful punch, the newspaper industry’s recent success in battling those Canadian newsprint tariffs ought to make all of us sit up a little straighter today. In fact, that victory offers pretty compelling testimony to what we can accomplish as an association, when enough of us take a few minutes out of our already busy days, to make a phone call, write a letter or email, and sling a little ink at an issue that threatens our livelihoods and our profession.

Open government advocate Prather honored with FOIFT Madison Award

Laura Prather receives a standing ovation as she makes her way to the podium to accept the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas James Madison Award at the group's recent conference.

First Amendment attorney Laura Prather was awarded the 2018 James Madison Award by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas at the group’s annual conference in September.
The award honoring commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment and open government was presented during the John Henry Faulk Award Luncheon.