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Media groups fight gag order in Waco biker shootout case | Dallas Morning News

FORT WORTH (AP)— A gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco is unconstitutional, overly broad and should be lifted, attorneys for 16 media organizations argued in a brief filed Friday with a Texas appeals court. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 15 other organizations, including The Associated Press, filed the “friend of the court” brief in support of a motion by an attorney for one of 177 people arrested after the shooting.

Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Photo contest opens

Photographers at all TPA member newspapers are encouraged to submit their best work in the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Photo Contest. Entries are being accepted Sept. 18 through Oct. 13.  
Photos should reflect the Texas spirit through landscapes, architecture, festival activities, wildlife and/or nature photography.

George Washington University workshop open to Texas journalists

The George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies is now accepting applications for a 3-day fellows workshop for journalists working in regional media outlets.
According to outreach coordinator Dr. Scott Weiner, priority will be given to applicants from the Midwest, the South and the Mountain West.

Newspaper notices survive special session

The Texas Legislature’s high-profile stalemate over property tax reform means newspapers will remain the primary source of public notices for tax hearings and rates — for now, at least.

Analysis by Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association

Northeast Texas Publishing acquires two newspapers, printing plant operation

Northeast Texas Publishing LP acquired the Mount Pleasant Tribune and The Light and Champion in Center in early August.
The group is part of Moser Community Media, LLC.
As part of the transaction, Mark Henry is now editor and publisher of the Tribune and a partner in the group. 
Henry is a Texas community newspaper veteran who began his career at his hometown newspaper, The Huntsville Item, in 1980. He has served and published small dailies, semi-weeklies and weekly papers around Texas his entire career. 

Texas publisher nominated to lead SNPA

Lester T. Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News, will be nominated to be the next president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association during the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting.
SNPA members will elect officers for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, in Colorado Springs, Colo. 
In addition to Simpson, Leonard Woolsey, president and publisher, Galveston County Daily News, will be nominated to the SNPA board as the director representing Texas.
Other officers for the coming year are: