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.
Monroe Marak and A.D. Lagrone of The Cameron Herald were among those attending the Texas A&M-TPA Mechanical Conference in 1956. (TPA Messenger March 1956)
Discussing conference materials were (from left) Jack Hawkins of the Groesbeck Journal, Joe Lee Kirgan, Sr. of the Fairfield Recorder and A.B. McCorkle of Mergenthaler Linotype Co. of Dallas. (TPA Messenger March 1956)
Mrs. Bernice Knesek and Hugo P. Ehring of the Gonzales Inquirer also attended the conference. (TPA Messenger March 1956)
WEEKLY TRIES NATURAL LIGHT PHOTO – This courtroom picture was taken without flash by a reporter for the Williamson County Sun in Georgetown. The camera was a Rolliflex, and Tri-X film was used. Publisher Don Scarbrough reports that his newsman had full cooperation of presiding Judge D.B. Wood, who stated that he did not object to pictures being taken in his court, so long as the process was not distracting to the jury or the witnesses. (TPA Messenger June 1956)
Honing news photography skills
Yesterday’s News from the files of the Texas Press Association Messenger, March and June, 1956
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.
Reporting on the Zika virus in Texas - It's not over yet
While autumn is fast approaching, mosquitoes that can transmit diseases like Zika are expected to be active in Texas through the end of October, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
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.
HubCiti releases first Publisher Confidence & Technology report
Amidst talk that confidence in the future of the newspaper industry is dropping, new data has emerged that indicates the opposite is true.
See the full story at http://newsandtech.com/in_depth/article_7912e9b4-59b7-11e6-9450-abf45a0c...
-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.