Mankin elected president of Texas Press Association E-mail
Monday, 07 July 2014 07:21


Newspaperman and publisher of the Eldorado Success and the Big Lake Wildcat, Randy Mankin, is the new president of Texas Press Association. Mankin was elected to the position during the Awards Luncheon at TPA's summer meeting in Corpus Christi on June 21.
At the conference, the following awards were given:

Larry Jackson, former Fayette County Record editor and publisher, and Mac McKinnon, publisher of the Dublin Citizen were both honored with the Golden 50 Award. The award commemorates 50 years of work in journalism.

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Public’s right to know is a worthy legislative agenda E-mail
Monday, 07 July 2014 06:58


CORPUS CHRISTI — Last week's Texas Press Association convention in Corpus Christi served as a reminder to elected officials that We the People own the government. The reminder didn't take the negative tone of a warning or a threat, but of positive reinforcement in recognizing four of those elected officials who defended the people's right to a free flow of their information.
The honorees are state Sens. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and Kevin P. Eltife, R-Tyler; state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi; and House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio. Eltife and Straus have been reliable allies and enablers of open government and information access-friendly laws. Ellis and Hunter are initiators of these laws.
Specific victories include the landmark shield law protecting a news reporter's right to protect the confidentiality of news sources; the opportunity for news media to correct mistakes and be protected from punitive damages; and protection for whistle-blowers against meritless retaliatory lawsuits.
Defending the people's right to know shouldn't put these four lawmakers at odds with their colleagues in the Legislature, or with local government officials in their home districts. But, unfortunately, often it does. And it's likely to happen again in the next regular session in 2015.

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Newsman left mark on Seguin E-mail
Monday, 09 June 2014 19:31

jtaylor1975 76John Taylor, 88, remembered as Gazette publisher, local leader
This article was originally published in the Seguin Gazette.

SEGUIN — A widely renowned "old-school" Texas newsman whose love for journalism might only have been surpassed by his adoration for this community has ended his tenure as publisher emeritus of the Seguin Gazette.
John Taylor, who bought the Gazette in 1954 and built it into a South Texas publishing powerhouse that printed more than 30 other newspapers, died Friday at a South Austin hospital. He was 88 years old.
Funeral arrangements were pending Monday at Goetz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Taylor's family asks donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. For information, log on to the association's website at
Seguin Gazette Editor and Publisher Jeff Fowler did not know Taylor personally, but is familiar with his contributions both in the newspaper Taylor built and in his service to his community and his profession.
"John Taylor was of an era when newspapers were king and he built the Seguin Gazette accordingly," Fowler said Monday. "He left a legacy in Texas journalism and an unsurpassed example in public service — in 'giving back' — to his community that should inspire us all. I would be proud if in my service to the industry and our community I was able to achieve a fraction of the accomplishments John Taylor managed in a long and important career."

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