Week of Oct. 16-22, 2017
State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools
AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.
Week of Oct. 9-15, 2017
Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State’s congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill.
Week of Oct. 2-8, 2017
Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.
Celebrate National Newspaper Week
This year marks the 77th anniversary of National Newspaper Week. The annual observance set Oct. 1-7 celebrates and emphasizes the impact of newspapers to communities large and small.
Materials for NNW are available for download at www.nationalnewspaperweek.com, according to Tom Newton, chairman of the 2017 observance.
Week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017
Governor extends aid for widespread needs caused by Hurricane Harvey
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 20 extended his state disaster declaration for 60 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Week of Sept. 18-24, 2017
Citizens, government agencies continue hurricane recovery work
AUSTIN — Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor’s office came last week as residents of hard-hit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Photo contest opens
Photographers at all TPA member newspapers are encouraged to submit their best work in the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Photo Contest. Entries are being accepted Sept. 18 through Oct. 13.
Photos should reflect the Texas spirit through landscapes, architecture, festival activities, wildlife and/or nature photography.
Week of Sept. 11-17, 2017
Texas begins long march toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey
AUSTIN — As contaminated waters receded and mountains of debris from flooded homes and ruined belongings grew last week, a picture of post-hurricane Texas developed and the process of weighing impacts to lives, property and infrastructure began.
How To Detect Fake News With These Tools and Techniques
Through links to studies and reports as well as applications, journalism educators share several concrete tools readers can use to detect fake news.
A critical thinking model is provided to show how using cognitive skills to think through content, analyze and make a decision as to what constitutes a fake story is the best method of detecting fake news.
George Washington University workshop open to Texas journalists
The George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies is now accepting applications for a 3-day fellows workshop for journalists working in regional media outlets.
According to outreach coordinator Dr. Scott Weiner, priority will be given to applicants from the Midwest, the South and the Mountain West.
Newspaper notices survive special session
The Texas Legislature’s high-profile stalemate over property tax reform means newspapers will remain the primary source of public notices for tax hearings and rates — for now, at least.
Analysis by Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association
Northeast Texas Publishing acquires two newspapers, printing plant operation
Northeast Texas Publishing LP acquired the Mount Pleasant Tribune and The Light and Champion in Center in early August.
The group is part of Moser Community Media, LLC.
As part of the transaction, Mark Henry is now editor and publisher of the Tribune and a partner in the group.
Texas publisher nominated to lead SNPA
Lester T. Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News, will be nominated to be the next president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association during the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting.
SNPA members will elect officers for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Week of Sept. 4-10, 2017
Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake
AUSTIN — Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens of other stricken counties.
Hurricane Harvey damage, flooding disrupts postal delivery
USPS, as well as the local, state and federal agencies in the storm damaged areas, are still in search and rescue mode. There are employees in Beaumont postal facilities that cannot be reached. Other than search and rescue, the instructions to USPS employees is to shelter in place. Damage assessment hasn't even begun in much of the Houston area.