The Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame exists to honor dedicated Texas professionals who made a difference in their local communities, raised journalistic standards – set the bar high - then encouraged and inspired others.
Each year, up to four of these leaders are honored at the Hall of Fame Induction dinner held during TPA’s Midwinter Conference and Trade Show.
If you have a hero, a mentor whose influence helped shape your career, please consider nominating him or her for induction in the 2018 class. The selection committee is accepting nominations through Oct. 15 for the class to be honored at the induction ceremony Jan. 19, 2018 at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston.
A project of the Texas Newspaper Foundation, the Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame began more than a decade ago, with the first class inducted in January 2007. The list of past honorees is impressive (http://newspaperhalloffame.org/index.php/the-inductees) and TPA members are encouraged to nominate more local legends for recognition.
The nomination form, including qualifications, can be found on the TPA website link to the foundation or downloaded at this link: http://newspaperhalloffame.org/images/tnfnomination_2018.pdf.
Supporting documentation is helpful and encouraged by the committee. Anyone may submit a nomination. Past nominees who were not selected may be re-nominated, and multiple nominations are acceptable.
The selection committee will meet in November to consider the nominations.
In addition to the Hall of Fame, the foundation preserves the stories of Texas journalists through the Texas Newspaper Oral History project at The University of Texas at Austin and raises funds for continuing education workshops and seminars offered by the Texas Center for Community Journalism at Texas Christian University. Major annual fund raising events for TCCJ programs are the silent auction held during the midwinter conference and a summer golf tournament, the next one scheduled June 22, 2018, at the La Torretta Lake Resort, Lake Conroe. At their recent board meeting in Austin, foundation directors approved a $25,000 contribution. This will be used to provide training workshops, including two soon-to-be announced TCCJ events in August and October.
Foundation directors include Larry C. Jackson, La Grange, president; Alvin Holley, Livingston, vice president; Greg Shrader, Kerrville, treasurer; Fred Hartman, Austin; Mary Judson, Port Aransas; Jim Moser, Brenham; Russel Skiles, Lamesa; Terry Young, Austin; and Randy Mankin, Eldorado.