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In a challenging environment with fewer resources, greater vulnerabilities and increasing attacks from politicians and the politically motivated, how should news organizations respond? One editor-publisher's approach — a calm, respectful but strong defense of journalism and its essential role in democracy — seems to work.

I continue to get calls and emails on sampling non-subscribers. This rewrite will attempt to draw a sharper line between the two confusing rules that govern non-subscriber copy mailing.

The Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame exists to honor dedicated Texas professionals who made a difference in their local communities, raised journalistic standards – set the bar high - then encouraged and inspired others.
Each year, up to four of these leaders are honored at the Hall of Fame Induction dinner held during TPA’s Midwinter Conference and Trade Show. 

Q: Our school board just accepted the resignation of a trustee. Then the board went into executive session to discuss his replacement citing “personnel.” How can that be? The replacement is not an employee of the school district, so how could this person be considered personnel?

Well, we just wrapped up what I like to call the Texas Press Association’s very first “international conference” — the TPA Summer Leadership Retreat in Ruidoso, NM. Heck, we were even in a different time zone!

Texas Better Newspaper Contest Sweepstakes winners on hand to accept their newspapers' awards at the Summer Leadership Retreat were Mike Forman, Victoria Advocate; Jerry Tidwell, Hood County News; J.L. Mankin, Big Lake Wildcat; Kim Ware, Azle News; Laurie Brown, The Canadian News; and James Draper, Kilgore News Herald. Other sweepstakes winners were The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, the Rockdale Reporter and the Westlake Picayune.

RUIDOSO, NM – The 2017 Texas Better Newspaper Awards were announced during the awards brunch at the Texas Press Leadership Retreat held this year at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Staff changes at Texas newspapers.

Q: Are booster clubs subject to the public information law if I ask for their finances, donations and expenses? The one I’m asking about has ties to the school district but is not registered as a non-profit (yet).

Several years ago my newspaper was selected to participate in a roundtable discussion with several journalists from the Middle East. I’m not sure how that happened, but it was an enlightening experience.

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