Member Services Guide

TPA Mobile Lab

TPA Mobile Computer Lab is FREE if attended by at least three member newspapers

Choose from: MacOS X, Quark, Photoshop, Pagemaker, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver.

TPA Mobile Computer Lab is FREE to all attendees and the host if the event is attended by at least three member newspapers. However if the three member newspapers do not attend a fee of $450 per class will be charged to the host newspaper.

Computer Lab Class Descriptions

Hands-on training for members of Texas Press Association

PhotoShop for Newspapers (or How to make better halftones with Photoshop CS6)

Graphics 101 (Vectors vrs. Pixels)
Resolution (How many Pixels do I need?)
Input Resolution (How to pick the best scanner or digital cameras)
Simple Selection Tools (Marquee, Lasso, Magic Wand)
Advance Selection Tools (Quick Mask, Paintbrush, etc.)
Tools for Painting an Image
Tools for Toning an Image (color correcting images)
Setup a monitor for press dot gain.
Tools for correcting dust and scratches
Scanning Basics
What to look for in Scanner Software
When to use the Type Tool
Channel Basics
Layer Basic

Introduction to MacOS X 10.9.2

Users and Group Permissions
Classic Environment and Applications
The User Interface
The Dock
Printing Setups
Missing Features
Managing Fonts
Network Setups
The Teminal and Basic UNIX

Adobe InDesign CS6 for Newspapers

Creating a New Document
Opening a Document
Understanding the Tools & Palettes
The Control Palette
Working with Text
Working with Images
Libraries & Templates
Master Pages
Preference Setup
Graphics 101 (Vectors vrs. Pixels and Resolution)
Basics of Postscript Printing and Halftones
Understanding Basic Dot Grain

Adobe Acrobat XI for Newspapers

Creating a PDF Documents
Modifiing a PDF Documents
Understanding the Tools & Menu
Preference Setup
Understanding Fonts
Making EPS files with Fonts
Training your Advertisiers to make Good PDFs
Setup for Printing and Halftones
Howto transfer PDF files

Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 Basics for Newspapers

Creating a HTML Documents
Modifiing a HTML Documents
Understanding the Tools & Menu
Preference Setup
Understanding Fonts
Understanding Tables
Understanding Networks
Starting a new website
Transfering files using FTP
Making Small graphics using Photoshop
Basics of Databases

Member Services Guide


  • Press Pass — the latest TPA news and event information sent directly to your inbox
  • Texas Press Messenger — a monthly trade journal featuring the latest news in the Texas newspaper industry and beyond; the official voice of the Texas Press Association since 1926
  • Texas Newspaper Directory — annual directory of all paid-circulation newspapers in Texas; identifies key managers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Web addresses and circulation; lists newspapers by county and group ownership
  • Winners' Circle — annual publication of the Texas Better Newspaper Contest results
  • State Capital Highlights — a weekly aggregation of news about state government; available by subscription for member newspapers to publish
  • Law and the Media in Texas — online handbook for journalists on newsgathering, public access and ethical and legal issues by David McHam; published by TPA with co-sponsors Texas Association of Broadcasters and Texas Daily Newspaper Association
  • TPA Calendar — annual calendar featuring winning photos from the Texas Better Newspaper Contest


  • Public Notices — online database of public notices in newspaper websites around the state
  • Media Buying — A complete "One Order-One Bill-One Check" advertising service covers every aspect of ad placement from space reservation and issuing insertion orders to trouble-shooting problems as they arise, gathering tearsheets and paying all newspapers in the ad schedule
  • Political Campaign Advertising Plan — Texas Newspaper Campaign Advertising Plan (CAP) statewide advertising opportunity for candidates seeking political offices
  • Texas Statewide Classified Advertising — TexSCAN classified ad network of participating newspapers available statewide or by three geographic regions
  • Texas 2x2 Network —Texas 2x2 statewide ad service for 2-column by 2-inch ads placed in participating newspapers available statewide or in three geographic regions


  • Mobile Lab — on-demand mobile training provides hands-on training free to member newspapers through various software programs covering Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, QuarkXPress and other topics
  • TPA Online Academy — free online continuing education modules for Texas journalists; classes offered through TPA; topics include News Writing, Headline Writing, Sports Writing and Feature Writing
  • Sales Training Kit — a set of video lessons featuring sales and marketing guru Mitch Henderson
  • On-demand Training — workshop topics vary depending on the request from the newspaper
  • Scholarships — scholarship-matching programs for the five state regional press associations’ scholarships

Government Affairs

  • Legislative Support — the Texas Daily Newspaper Association/Texas Press Association Legislative Advisory Committee meets frequently during sessions of the Texas Legislature to discuss and plan action primarily on open government legislation
  • Bill Watch — an online database of legislation showing current positions the TDNA/TPA Legislative Advisory Committee has taken on individual bills, including bill status and brief analyses
  • Grassroots Legislative Committee — publishers who are prepared to contact their state representatives and state senators quickly when notified of pending legislation that may impact freedom of the press and the public's right to know
  • FOI Hotline — Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas hotline for open government and public access issues
  • Libel Hotline — hotline for members with questions concerning libel issues
  • Legal Notice Laws of Texas — an online database of Texas legal notice laws; governmental bodies are required to publish public notices, pursuant to state statutes, administrative rules and rules of court

Contests & Awards

  • Lone Star Journalism Writing Contest — contest sponsored by Interscholastic League Press Conference, pairing high school journalism students and local newspapers
  • Texas Better Newspaper Contest — annual contest for member newspapers awarding the best editorial and advertising content published in the previous year; winners are announced at the summer convention and printed in the Winner's Circle
  • Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Contest — contest open to TPA members; one winning cover is printed on the annual Texas Newspaper Directory cover
  • Monson FOI Award — annual award recognizing member newspapers and staff members for their contributions to open government and First Amendment issues; co-sponsored with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
  • Golden 50 Award — highest individual honor TPA bestows to men and women who have logged at least 50 years of service in the newspaper industry in Texas; awarded at each summer convention along with a special pamphlet describing recipients’ accomplishments and listing past recipients

Other Services

  • TPA Newspaper Exchange — statewide peer publication swap for members available for a small annual fee; a great way to get new ideas and see what others are publishing
  • Listserver — email member-exchange network to share questions and concerns about newspaper issues
  • Job Bank — the most comprehensive newspaper-specific job bank in Texas for newspapers seeking employees and journalists looking for newspaper jobs
  • Buy, Sell or Trade — free classifieds exchange for members to buy, sell or trade equipment or newspaper properties
  • Annual Conventions — TPA sponsors two annual meetings that rotate through major cities in Texas; the Midwinter Conference and Trade Show is business-oriented meeting with outstanding speakers, a trade show and silent auction; the summer convention is a newspaper executives retreat, where publishers, ad managers and editors discuss forward thinking ideas and plans. Board members are elected at each summer meeting and winners in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest are announced
  • Lone Star News Service — statewide news release service for agencies and public relations firms to distribute news via mail and email
  • Profit Recovery Service — reduced-fee profit recovery service through Transworld's Green Flag recovery service; call 512-244-9400 for information