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April 26, 2012 Board Actions

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Here is a review of the April 26, 2012, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board of directors conference call, with:
-- CHAIRMAN: Joe Terrell, KLTV-TV, Tyler
-- VICE CHAIRMAN: Benji Snead, KCBD-TV, Lubbock
-- TV PRESIDENT: Jenny Martinez, KRGV, Weslaco
-- TV VICE PRESIDENT: Mike George, KBTX, Bryan-College Station
-- RADIO PRESIDENT: Chace Murphy, WTAW, Bryan-College Station
-- RADIO VICE PRESIDENT: Matt Thomas, KRLD, Dallas
-- and Dallas AP's Barry Bedlan & Diana Heidgerd

1. TAPB Balance:
-- $30,761.43. All bills associated with the March 31, 2012, TAPB convention in Austin have been paid.

Board approved payment of the following bills:
-- TAPB webmaster Noble Sprayberry: $200. That's his regular $50 for April, plus $150 invoice for three extra hours of convention-related work/photos.
-- Level 3/Global Crossing: $46.59, for March 29 TAPB conference call
-- Pay $1,200 to Texas AP Managing Editors, for mislabeled contest entry check. A $1,200 TAPME newspaper contest entry fees check wrongly was made out to TAPB and was then deposited in the broadcast group's account. TAPB board agreed to repay the money, meant for Austin American-Statesman contest entries, to Texas AP Managing Editors group.

3. Next TAPB Convention: April 13, 2013
-- The board decided the annual convention will be Saturday, April 13, 2013. City to be determined, but an informal canvass of the board indicated all would like to return to the Austin area. This year's TAPB convention, at The Headliners Club in Austin, drew about 155 people.
One suggestion for 2013 was to possibly do some type of dinner cruise on Lake Travis, or maybe a more informal banquet at river/lake-area restaurant?
Diana will do some research for the next conference call.

4. Headliners Foundation:
-- The Headliners Foundation, in the past few years, has generously been able to pay a $1,000 deposit for the TAPB convention to be held at The Headliners Club in Austin. Due to stricter criteria on how program funds are allocated, the foundation will no longer be able to make that payment toward the TAPB event -- but will still "sponsor" TAPB in case the group wishes to return to The Headliners Club for the annual convention. TAPB continues its relationship with Headliners Foundation in awarding Charles E. Green Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

5. Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas/annual contribution.
-- TAPB decided to donate $1,000, which is the same amount as last year.

6. TAPB Fall Seminar:
-- The next TAPB co-sponsored fall seminar, with the Texas Association of Broadcasters, will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2013, at the University of Texas in Austin (last year's seminar was held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas).
TAPB board decided to donate $1,750 to the 2012 seminar. The board last year donated $1,000.

7. Other business?
-- Vice Chairman Benji Snead asked that the next conference call include an agenda item about possibly changing the TAPB scholarship rules, to reflect more specifics about how much each student might need and whether phone interviews should be done with the finalists, before any money is awarded.
-- Board also discussed, since this year's online judging of awards (instead of paying to fly judges to Dallas for a weekend) has left more money in the bank -- possibly doing fall scholarships, or providing money to deserving interns who are not paid for their education-related jobs. Possible internship funds likely would have to be associated with internships only at AP-member stations.
No action taken, to be discussed during another conference call.
No date was immediately set for the next TAPB conference call.

^AP's Diana Hedged