Nelson assumes duties as Mexia News publisher


MEXIA – Richard Nelson is the new publisher of The Mexia News and Groesbeck Journal, replacing Harry Darby, who announced in November he would leave at year end to pursue other interests.
Nelson moved to Limestone County from Freestone County, where he had served as publisher of The Teague Chronicle and The Fairfield Recorder since July 2017.

O’Malley succeeds Nelson as Teague Chronicle publisher


TEAGUE – Tim O’Malley, former managing editor of The Mexia News, has been promoted to editor and publisher of the Teague Chronicle and the Fairfield Recorder. 
He succeeds Richard Nelson, who took a similar role with the Mexia News and Groesbeck Journal.
The native of Florida, reared in Arizona with military service in the Air Force, said his first job in the newspaper business was delivering newspapers and writing sports part time for the Jackson County Herald Tribune in 2012. 

Leadership change announced at Moore County News Press

Moore County News-Press Publisher Michael Wright and Publisher Emeritus Wanda Brooks are shown with John Lancaster, Jeff Selsor and Charles Lancaster.

DUMAS – Moore County News-Press publisher Wanda Brooks has been named publisher emeritus of the publication, with former managing editor Michael Wright assuming the role of publisher.
Wright has 21 years of industry experience, including 13 years with the News-Press. 
Brooks began her 23-year career with the News-Press as office manager in 1994. She served in that capacity until being promoted to publisher of the News-Press in February of 2008. 

The future of community journalism

Al Cross shares a his philosophy, "Subscribe to independent journalism," on a bumper sticker as he gives the keynote address during the 2018 Hall of Fame dinner.

Speech by Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism, University of Kentucky, at the 2018 TPA Midwinter Conference

Appeals Court Finds Texas’ Retraction and Anti-SLAPP Statutes Work in Harmony to Protect and Promote Free Speech Rights

A Houston court of appeals recently sided with media defendants regarding the relationship between Texas’ retraction statute (known as the Defamation Mitigation Act “DMA”) and the Anti-SLAPP statute (known as the Texas Citizens Participation Act “TCPA”). 

By Wesley D. Lewis, Associate, Haynes and Boone, LLP 

Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame inducts 2018 class

Retired AP reporter Mike Cochran shares some of his experiences with the audience as he accepts Hall of Fame induction from Texas Newspaper Foundation President Larry Jackson.
Debi Ryan, publisher of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, accepts the Hall of Fame award on behalf of the Victor B. Fain family. Former publisher Gary Borders (far left) was also hand to help Texas Newspaper Foundation President Larry Jackson make the presentation.
Accepting the Hall of Fame award for John C. Taylor from TFN President Larry Jackson are daughters Beth Taylor (center) and Lisa Weinstein.
Veteran newspaper publisher and Southern Newspapers, Inc. President Dolph Tillotson accepts the award commemorating his Hall of Fame induction from Texas Newspaper Foundation President Larry Jackson.

GALVESTON — Unique local coverage, important to both readers and advertisers, is key to the future of community newspapers, Texas Press Association members were told at the annual Midwinter Conference and Trade Show in January.
Overcoming adversity — both from market factors and during natural disasters in the communities newspapers serve — was the theme of the “Come Hell or High Water” conference held in Galveston. The importance of hometown newspapers’ local coverage was also a central theme of the sales programs presented during the conference.

Covering disaster close to home

Mary Judson, co-publisher of the Port Aransas South Jetty, and Laurie Ezzell-Brown, publisher of The Canadian Record, shared their experiences in the ‘Come Hell or High Water’ midwinter conference presentation.
Moderator Leonard Woolsey, publisher of the Galveston County Daily News, and panel members Yvonne Mintz, publisher of The Facts in Clute; Brenda Burr, publisher of the Bay City Tribune; and Michael A. Smith, editor of the Galveston County Daily News, explain how they and their staffs covered the flooding that inundated coastal areas weeks after Hurricane Harvey’s initial impact.

Two panels of community journalists gave programs concerning how their staffs covered disasters impacting Texas in 2017.
In the program entitled “Come Hell or High Water,” Canadian Record Publisher Laurie Ezzell-Brown discussed covering ice storms and wildfires in the Texas Panhandle and Port Aransas South Jetty Publisher Mary Judson discussed how she used a disaster plan to keep her family newspaper running while directing coverage of the devastation.

Election Code limits use of registered voter list information

Q: I have some candidates wanting to communicate with registered voters through direct mail. I can get the list from the county. But Election Code Sec. 18.009, Unlawful Use of Information on Registration List, states: (a) A person commits an offense if the person uses information in connection with advertising or promoting commercial products or services that the person knows was obtained under Section 18.008. (b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor. Does this specifically exclude commercial products or services but not political advertising?