Donnis Baggett to receive FOI Foundation’s James Madison Award at Sept. 12 conference E-mail
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:46

AUSTIN - Donnis Baggett, whose career has spanned more than 40 years in Texas journalism, is the recipient of the 2014 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
The award goes to those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment. It will be presented Sept. 12 during the John Henry Faulk Awards Luncheon at the foundation's Bernard and Audre Rapoport State Conference in Austin.
Baggett, the executive vice president of the Texas Press Association, leads the association's governmental affairs program, focusing on protecting open records, open meetings and public notices at all levels of government.
Before joining TPA in 2012, Baggett worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Livingston, Longview and Dallas before becoming editor and publisher at The Eagle in Bryan-College Station and then at the Waco Tribune-Herald. Baggett is a past president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and Dallas Press Club and served on the board of the FOI Foundation of Texas.
"Donnis Baggett has spent his career working for freedom of the press and open government. We are pleased to recognize his years of dedication to these principles. He is most deserving of the James Madison Award," said Diana Fuentes, president of the FOI Foundation of Texas.
Since 1987, the award has honored journalists, attorneys, politicians, academics and vigilant citizens.
"The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas has been a powerful and effective champion of open government for decades, and I am truly humbled to receive the Madison Award," Baggett said. "It's a privilege to work alongside FOIFT volunteers and professionals in the difficult and never-ending battle for government transparency and accountability. This is a fight we simply can't afford to lose."
For information on FOIFT and its state conference go to or call 512-377-1575.

Inland webinars available for $15 E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:15


Texas Press Association is a co-sponsor for the Inland Press Association webinars. All TPA members can participate for just $15.

Here is a list of upcoming webinars. To view more webinars, click here.

Wednesday, August 20 - 10:30 a.m. CDT
The Changing Landscape of Newspaper Acquisitions
The makeup of buyers and sellers in the newspaper industry has changed dramatically from the days when the large public companies dominated the acquisition marketplace. This webinar will explore the new faces, new trends and new companies, and what it means for the future of newspaper ownership. 
With Phil Murray, Executive Vice President, Dirks, Van Essen and Murray

Thursday August 21- 2 p.m. CDT
Beyond The Water Cooler: Developing effective business and personal communications
If your newspaper company is like many others, your employees rate for the company's internal communications lower than you'd like. This session explores the root causes of ineffective communications, and provides practical ways to improve how you communicate with your team members, clients, departments-even top management. You'll learn communication techniques that will help you in both business and personal situations throughout your career.
With Dan Chiodo, President, iMPACT Training & Development

Tuesday, August 26 - 10:30 a.m. CDT
Reach New Heights of Revenue: Key Takeaways from the Second Street Promotions Summit
Recognizing the shift in advertisers' marketing spend from ads to promotion, Second Street convened a Promotions Summit to showcase media companies that are generating millions of dollars right now with promotions. This webinar will provide a roadmap that any media company can easily follow to capitalize on the boundless opportunities promotions afford. With Matt Chaney and Julie Foley, Directors of Affiliate Success and Matt Coen, President & Co-Founder, Second Street

August e-Newsletter E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2014 15:43

The August e-Newsletter is now available here.



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