Tip sheet: Disaster check list
The South Carolina Press Association shared this tip sheet as coastal areas braced for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. The sheet offers sage advice and is available as a resource by clicking here.
Tip sheet: Newsroom Safety Best practices
Following the tragic June 28 shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors assembled a tip sheet on Newsroom Safety Best Practices.
Week of Sept. 17-23, 2018
Weather system prompts Texas to prepare as hurricane season continues
AUSTIN — Before Hurricane Florence reached the shores of the Carolinas last week, Gov. Greg Abbott focused on the Gulf of Mexico, where an inbound tropical disturbance threatened the southern region of Texas.
Week of Sept. 10-16, 2018
Governor points out actions taken to make schools safer
AUSTIN — Just before Labor Day weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott released a School Safety Action Plan Summary that lists actions taken by school districts to harden campuses in the wake of the deadly Santa Fe Independent School District shooting in May.
TPA cites Rep. Brooks Landgraf as Champion of Transparency
The Texas Press Association recently recognized Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, as a TPA Champion of Transparency for his legislative work to keep government open to the public.
“He went above and beyond to make government better,” said Odessa American Publisher Patrick Canty, TPA board chairman.
EARLY DELIVERY: State Capital Highlights, week of Sept. 3-9, 2018
Texas leaders call for new trade agreement to include Canada
AUSTIN — The White House last week announced a preliminary new trade agreement had been secured between the United States and Mexico.
ITC nixes newsprint tariffs
The International Trade Commission’s rejection of newsprint tariffs on imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada is good news for newspapers struggling with the added costs.
Week of Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, 2018
Officials observe anniversary of Hurricane Harvey at Rockport church
AUSTIN — August 25 marked one year since Hurricane Harvey's battering winds and torrential rains brought death and destruction to coastal and inland counties of Texas.
Week of Aug. 20-26, 2018
Texas Education Agency releases two sets of ratings
AUSTIN — The Texas Education Agency on Aug. 15 released 2018 campus accountability ratings and, for the first time ever, A-F district accountability ratings.
Texas newspapers champion local news coverage
On Aug. 16, hundreds of newspapers across the country responded to a call for editorials emphasizing the role of a free press the country's history as a democracy and reminding readers that journalists are not the enemy of the people.
File PS Form 3526, Statement of Ownership by Sept. 30
Members are reminded PS Form 3526, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, must be filed by Sept. 30 with the post office where newspapers are mailed.
In addition, the statement must be published during the month of October.
Week of Aug. 13-19, 2018
TEA releases preliminary financial accountability ratings
AUSTIN — Some 80 percent of public school districts and charters earned the highest-possible preliminary financial accountability rating, according to figures released by the Texas Education Agency on Aug. 8.
DOC lowers tariffs on Canadian paper
We made a giant leap forward Thursday in easing the pain of newsprint tariffs. The U.S. Commerce Department today significantly lowered the tariffs that would apply to Canadian paper.
Today’s news is not a final outcome. A determination from the International Trade Commission is still needed before tariffs become permanent.
Week of Aug. 6-12, 2018
Hurricane Harvey-affected campuses receive special evaluations
AUSTIN — Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. 1.
Texas Supreme Court denies Fort Bend Herald’s motion for rehearing
The Texas Supreme Court has denied a motion for a rehearing by the Fort Bend Herald in a case the newspaper brought against Fort Bend County in 2014 to recover attorney’s fees over obtaining public information.