Texas Press 2017 Midwinter Conference & Trade Show set

Texas Press Association members are encouraged to join the fun and informative sessions planned Jan. 19-21 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa.

Serving as one of the main draws of the midwinter conference is the 50-booth trade show in the hotel convention center’s Frisco Ballroom. Inside the trade show will be the ever-popular Texas Newspaper Foundation Silent Auction, featuring items ranging from practical to unusual to luxurious.

Attendees will also enjoy a stellar lineup of speakers, including magician and InDesign expert Jonathan Levit; TPA Legislative Advisory Committee  Chairman  Bill Patterson of the Denton Record-Chronicle and TPA Executive Vice President Donnis Baggett; wage and hour attorney Brian T. Farrington of the Cowles Thompson law firm in Dallas-Fort Worth; TPA Director of Advertising Joanna Weatherall; news design expert Ed Henninger; University of Texas at Austin journalism instructor Griff Singer; and Bobby Rigues, an Aledo Independent School District trustee and a director with the Texas Association of School Boards. 

Two outstanding individuals will be posthumously inducted into the Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame at the Friday, Jan. 20, dinner. The inductees, Lowry Martin, longtime publisher of the Corsicana Daily Sun, and legislative workhorse Milton Morin, third-generation publisher of the Houston Daily Court Review, will be remembered and honored in a ceremony following a speech by a lifelong newspaperman and World War II infantryman. Morley Piper, retired director of the New England Newspaper Association and secretary of the Newspaper Association Managers of America, will recount his experiences in the June 6, 1944, assault on Normandy’s Omaha Beach. As a 19-year-old foot soldier, Piper worked his way through a maze of land mines and machine gun fire as fellow soldiers dropped around him. Being under fire then and in the following weeks and months stayed with him his entire career and continues to inform his attitude today.

Registration forms are available online using this link: http://texaspress.com/midwinter-conference.

Remember, newspapers that have subscribed to and run the TexSCAN program for the past calendar year will receive one complimentary registration which includes meals and hotel accommodations covering the nights of Thursday, Jan. 19, and Friday, Jan. 20. For non-TexSCAN members, the TPA sleeping room rate is $129 per night.