National Newspaper Week is Oct. 2-8
Help celebrate the 76th anniversary of National Newspaper Week Oct. 2-8!
Transformation & Innovation in Local Media
The $133 billion local advertising industry, responsible for 40 percent of all advertising, is more complex and counterintuitive than it might appear.
The untold story: Traditional media companies aren't dying, but morphing into something different and more relevant to advertisers.
Week of Sept. 26 - Oct. 2, 2016
State of Texas may withdraw from federal resettlement program
AUSTIN — Texas officials said the state will withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement does not approve the Lone Star State’s refugee plan by Sept. 30.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writers: Secrets of Their Craft
Poynter News University is offering a free writing course featuring Pulitzer Prize winning writers and master teachers.
For details: http://www.newsu.org/courses/pulitzer-prize-winning-writers-secrets
Why Facebook is public enemy number one for newspapers, and journalism
By luring away readers and advertisers, the social media site is both narrowing the news agenda and, ultimately, jeopardising journalism as we know it.
Week of Sept. 19-25, 2016
Defense secretary promotes new hub to partner with tech startups
AUSTIN — U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Sept. 14 announced the opening of a “Defense Innovation Unit Experimental” hub at the Capital Factory in downtown Austin.
2016 Lone Star Journalism Writing Contest
Deadline is Nov. 17 for the 2016 Lone Star Journalism Writing Contest co-sponsored by the Texas Press Association and the Interscholastic League Press Conference. Through the annual contest, participating students write general interest features for publication in the student's hometown newspaper.
Finding and reading a balance sheet: Accounting basics for journalists
Even if you are not working on a big investigation, a basic understanding of financial statements is essential for any reporter. They are a reliable source for news stories, and not just on the business beat.
Converting to Requester Periodicals: Part II
By Max Heath
Getting and keeping requests, Q & A
Last month, I covered the basics of Requester qualification. This month, I want to share ways to get and keep requests, and answer some questions posed by others on the recent National Newspaper Association webinar.
Don’t gild the lily
The cliché “gild the lily” is a misquotation of a line from Shakespeare: “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily … is wasteful and ridiculous excess.” Correctly quoted or not, this common phrase refers to the unnecessary practice of embellishing something which doesn’t need embellishing.
Week of Sept. 12-18, 2016
Paxton says subpoena of corporation's records violated First Amendment
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 9 announced he had filed a friend-of-the-court brief “in defense of the First Amendment.”
2017 Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Contest
Time to submit entries for the 2017 Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Contest.
Submissions must include the title of the publication: “Texas Newspaper Directory,” the name of the association, Texas Press Association, and the year 2017.
-30- September 2016
These obituaries are published in the September 2016 edition of the Texas Press Messenger
Sarah L. Greene
Sarah L. Greene, 87, editor and publisher of The Gilmer Mirror from 1974 to 2006, died Aug. 2.
Week of Sept. 5-11, 2016 (early, pre-Labor Day delivery)
Education chief announces fines assessed to testing service
AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Aug. 23 announced the Texas Education Agency will fine the company that delivers and administers STAAR® — the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — with $5.7 million in liquidated damages.
Oct. 1 is deadline to file PS Form 3526, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation
The deadline for filing your Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (PS Form 3526) with the U.S. Postal Service is Oct. 1 of each year. In addition, the statement must be published during the month of October.