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Braggin’ on: The Ozona Stockman

PUBLISHER MELISSA PERNER bubbled with delight a couple of weeks ago when she sent the following note:


Just thought I would let you know we won First Place in Page Design at the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest this weekend! Thanks for all your help!”

When I called to congratulate her, Melissa was still feeling the thrill of having won. When you’re the publisher of a small community newspaper, first-place awards are a big deal.

The Ozona Stockman was a Henninger Consulting redesign in 2010.

Congratulations again to Melissa and her colleagues!

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Back from Texas

I’M BACK HOME from my sojourn to west Texas but I can’t put my visit there away until I mention how deeeelightful it was. The entire time, I knew I was in the company of wonderful, salt-of-the-earth people who believe in a strong work ethic and giving their communities the best they can.

z WTPA LOGOThanks to Melissa Perner and her husband and family, who chauffeured me around. Thanks also to Susan Calloway, who provided me with some toothpaste (I can’t believe I forgot that stuff!) when the hotel had none to give.

And to all of those publishers and editors who were there for the workshop—and put up with me during my evaluations of their newspapers: You were super!

Working with people who really care about their papers isn’t really work. It’s a pleasure.

I hope they’ll invite me again. I’d go on a moment’s notice!

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