LPA Briefs


If I could use one word to describe the upcoming Louisiana Press Association Annual Stockholder meeting, that would be it.

In addition to providing updates on LPA general business and board nominations, we will be discussing public notices.

Regardless of Senate Bill 322’s outcome, we need to address next steps. The public notice landscape is changing across the nation -- some good (https://www.pnrc.net/2022/05/03/nebraska-modernizes-public-notice-law/) and some bad.

The Stockholder meeting begins at 9:30 a.m., June 30 at the Baton Rouge City Club, and the 2021 Better Newspaper Competition Awards ceremony will follow, beginning at noon.

It will be a chance for us to honor the best of your work and mark the first in-person event since the pandemic started.

It is free to attend the stockholder meeting; however, it is limited to stockholders and invited guests. The luncheon is $35 per person and open to all members. You can register for either or both the stockholder meeting and luncheon at https://www.lapress.com/app/2022Stockholder.html

The awards luncheon will also be a chance to honor this year and last year's 50-Year Club honorees. You can still nominate people for this year's class at: Nominations for LPA's 50 Year Club

2022-23 Board Nominations

The LPA Nomination Committee makes the following recommendations for new board appointments to be approved at the stockholder meeting:

Dan Phelan of The American Press

Shanna Dickens of The Daily Iberian

Chris Johnson of Gannett

Marc Richard, of Ruston Newspapers, is a current board member and staying on for another three-year term.

Renette Hall of Louisiana Weekly, is leaving the board after completing her term as past president, and Norris Babin of The Plaquemines Gazette, and Barbara Leader of The News Star, opted to leave the board at the end of their three year terms.

The two-year term of board officers is also coming to an end, with new slate of officers to be:

President: McHugh David of Livingston Parish News

Vice President: Mary Terry of Teche News

Secretary / Treasurer: Steve Colwell of The Natchitoches Times

Past President: Sam Hanna Jr. of Hanna Newspapers

A proxy will be going out shortly with the list of nominations. We ask people to fill out the proxy and return it even if they plan to attend the meeting.

The LPA Nomination Committee is made up the Past Presidents: Chair Babin, Garland Forman, Hall, and soon to be past president Hanna.

New board member:

Welcome Randy Brown of the Bossier Press Tribune as the newest board member to the LPA. Brown was approved to replace David Specht at a March meeting of the LPA Board of Directors.