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A Challenge to the Country Press

The publisher of every newspaper in the United States finds himself today face-to-face with a heavy responsibility. That it is, perhaps, a responsibility unjustly forced upon him does not alter the weight of the burden, or the necessity of shouldering it. You are to pay the penalty and make a vicarious sacrifice in atonement for the sin of a certain type of renegade newspaper editor who sold the birthright of American journalism for a mess of pottage - and now hasn't even the pottage. 

Industry news briefs

Quanah Tribune-Chief has new owners
New owners of the Quanah Tribune-Chief are Shane Lance, Townly Thomas, and Dennis Thomas. 
Lance and Townly Thomas serve as co-editors of the newspaper, published weekly on Friday. They both grew up in Quanah and Dennis Thomas has been a resident for 15 years. A former teacher and coach for the Quanah ISD, Lance currently works for 3 Rivers Foundation. The new owners said they look forward to focusing on community news as the newspaper returns to local ownership.

San Antonio Express News Editor Mike Leary retires

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Express-News Editor Mike Leary retired May 18, ending a 46-year career in journalism.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who has led the newsroom since August 2012, said he is retiring to travel and spend more time with his five grandchildren. 
Leary, 69, said he hopes to go to Antarctica, the only continent he hasn’t visited.
“One of the things I wanted to do, like my father, was be the editor of a newspaper, and I’ve certainly done that and had a great time,” Leary said. “I’ll really miss the staff and the camaraderie.”

STPA celebrates 92nd annual convention

2018 Sweepstakes winners in the South Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest are (from left) Meghann Garcia, managing editor, Uvalde Leader-News, Division III; Moses Leos, III, editor, Hays Free Press, Division I; and Ken Esten Cooke, publisher and editor, Fredericksburg Standard Radio-Post, Division II.

KERRVILLE – Award winners were toasted and at least one recipient was roasted at the 92nd annual South Texas Press Association meeting at the YO Ranch Hotel in Kerrville.
The convention featured educational seminars, business meetings and presentation of the 2018 STPA Better Newspaper Contest awards and other recognitions. 

Open Government Seminar set June 17 in San Antonio

AUSTIN _ The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is hosting an Open Government Seminar in San Antonio on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, featuring training in public meeting and public records laws. The First Amendment Institute later that day will instruct journalists on press rights.
The non-profit FOI Foundation, in cooperation with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, is organizing the one-day seminar. It is designed for government employees, journalists, attorneys and anyone interested in the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act.

Robert Burns Classic Golf Tournament kicks off TPA retreat

The 19th Annual Robert Burns Classic Golf Tournament benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation opens the 2018 TPA Summer Leadership Retreat in Montgomery.
The final TPA Summer Retreat is scheduled June 21-23 at LaTorretta Lake Resort and Spa on Lake Conroe in Montgomery.
Tee times start at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at the LaTorretta Golf course. Century Link is sponsor for the event. 

Panhandle Press inducts Hudson, Carr into PPA Hall of Fame

Ron Carr
Jim Hudson
Panhandle Press Association members and family show off awards at the 108th convention in Childress.

The late Jim Hudson of Perryton, former Panhandle Press Association and Texas Press Association president, and the late Ron Carr, former Friona publisher, were inducted into the Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame during the group’s 108th annual convention held in Childress.
Thursday’s welcome reception was held at the Childress County Heritage Museum, which prepared a special newspaper exhibit for those attending the convention.