2014 NETPA Convention

April 10-12 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Tyler, Texas


Room rates are only $109 per night. Call 903-509-4411 for more information on rooms, or visit their website by clicking HERE.



North & East Texas Press Convention will have speaker Don Newbury discussing “From Adam’s Ribs to Web Pages and Fibs, ” as well as S. Griffin Singer. Entertainment will be provided by the band Sweetwater, and we’ll enjoy a meal at Coyote Sam’s, a local Tyler restaurant. We’ll also be visiting the American Freedom Museum.



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Thursday, April 10

  • 8:30 a.m. – NETPA Golf Tournament at Pine Dunes Golf Club in Frankston (meet in hotel lobby at 7 a.m., carpool to course)
  • 2:00-5:00 p.m.: Registration Desk Open (hotel foyer)
  • 4:00 p.m.: Board of Director’s Meeting (board room)
  • 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Reception and Dinner (Hollytree Banquet Room #1), Golf Awards by Rick Craig, Golf Chairman

Friday, April 11

  • 7:00 a.m.: Past President’s Breakfast (Hollytree Banquet Room #1)
  • 8:00 a.m.-Noon: Registration Desk Opens (hotel foyer); NETPA Scholarship Live Auction items on display (Hollytree Banquet Room #2)
  • 8:00-9:00 a.m.: Continental Breakfast (Hollytree Banquet Room #2)
  • 8:30 a.m.: Welcome to Tyler and Courtyard by Marriott (Mark Engebretson, President, NETPA)
  • 8:45-9:45 a.m.: Dealing with Disasters by S. Griffin Singer, Director, Dow Jones News Fund Editing Excellence Center School of Journalism, the University of Texas at Austin (Hollytree Banquet Room #1)
  • 9:45-10:00 a.m.: Break
  • 10:00 a.m.-Noon: Dealing with Disasters (continued)
  • Noon: Awards Luncheon, Tom Mooney Memorial Friend of the Newspaper award presentation, and Sam C. Holloway award presentation (Hollytree Banquet Room #2)
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Special guest speaker Don Newbury, Idle American, “From Adam’s Rib to Web Pages and Fibs”
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m.: American Freedom Museum in Bullard (Hors d’oervres will be served, bus transportation available)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Dinner at Coyote Sam’s Restaurant in Tyler
  • 9:30 p.m.: President’s Reception (Hollytree Banquet Room #1)

Saturday, April 12

  • 7:30-10:00 a.m.: Registration Desk Opens (hotel foyer)
  • 8:00-8:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast (Hollytree Banquet Room #1)
  • 8:30-8:45 a.m.: General Membership Business Meeting (Hollytree Banquet Room #2)
    Texas Press Association Report
    Committee Reports
    Election of Officers
  • 9:00-9:15 a.m.: In Memorium by Bryan Giguerre, NETPA Board Member and Editor, Winnsboro News (Hollytree Banquet Room #2)
  • 9:30 a.m.: Scholarship Live Auction (Auctioneer: Rob Durham, Breckenridge American)
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: NETPA Better Newspaper Contest and Awards Brunch with Jessica Woodall, BNC Chairman (Hollytree Banquet Room #1)

For more information or to register for the convention contact Cher Thompson, cher@hcnews.com or Don Truel, news@tricountyleader.com