“Newspapers are the backbone of educating Americans,” members of the National Newspaper Association were told Friday at the 125th annual convention of the organization in Albuquerque.
Dean Lowell Catlett of New Mexico State University was the keynote speaker for the opening session of the convention.
“The demand for what you do has never been higher,” Catlett said.
More than two dozen Texas newspaper men and women are at the convention.
Chad Ferguson of Columbus is the president of the Texas Press Association and carried the state flag during the opening ceremonies.
Postal issues top the convention agenda followed closely by digital programs.
Max Heath of Shelbyville, Kentucky, chairman of NNA’s postal committee had a session on problems related to USPS plans to close many more post offices in the near future.
Two Texas newspaper men are past presidents of the national organization including Jerry Tidwell, publisher of the Hood County News in Granbury and Roy J. Eaton, retired publisher of the Wise County Messenger in Decatur.
Another program set for Friday was “Beyond Libel”, which covered legal pitfalls in the digital age and how to avoid them. The convention ends Saturday afternoon.