Texas Managing Editors


Journalism is an orchestra, and we are the musicians. 

Everyone is invited to the concert on April 19-21 in Temple. It’s a moment you don’t want your newsroom to miss.

The talents we are celebrating run deep — from digital experts and sports writers to city hall watchdogs and all the journalists who make sure our pieces hit the write (Forgive the pun. We couldn’t help ourselves.) notes.

Join us Friday evening for a laid-back opening reception to get to know your colleagues from across the state. 

We have experts coming in Saturday to share their resources and knowledge on topics like politics, AI and cutting through the distractions when covering education. Yes, there will be lunch.

And the awards? Oh, there will be awards. 

Who will win Newsroom of the Year? Whose team coverage of the biggest news events of 2023 rose above the rest? Texas’ best photojournalist, opinion writer, online package of the year — the suspense is killing us.

The annual TME awards dinner is Saturday night, featuring a live and silent auction to raise money for our most important mission — paying for internships that get the next generation of young journalists into smaller-market newsrooms for real-world experience.

After industry, open government and legislative updates on Sunday,  the final, most prestigious award winners are named. 

Let’s go! 

Register for the conference here. Book your hotel room at Hilton Garden Inn Temple Medical Center (Don’t forget to mention Texas Managing Editors when you make your reservation).

We’ll see you there!

Questions? Reach out to us at texasmanagingeditors@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, here’s a peak at what you can expect:


  • Win-wins: Partnerships between newspapers and student newsrooms — Working with college student journalists to get data-driven, narrative and local news stories.
  • What’s the story: Narrative investigations — How to pull off a narrative investigation, including story selection, source psychology, caring for your reporters and so much more.
  • Get smart: Improving education coverage — Cutting through the noise of the culture wars to what really matters.
  • Awards luncheon
  • Evening reception, auction
  • Dinner, TME star awards presentation
  • Buster Haas scholarship and internship announcement


  • Know your rights: 2024 elections edition — Understanding reporters’ legal rights and the free legal resources available to support election coverage is essential.
  • Ask a lawyer.
  • Newsroom of the Year and Star of Stars Headliners Awards

Texas Managing Editors / Headliners Excellence in Journalism Contest

As we prepare to recognize the best Texas journalism and journalists of 2023, we need to make note of some important updates to the Texas Managing Editors (formerly Texas APME) / Headliners Excellence in Journalism Contest. Please read carefully; the contest entry rules, deadlines and payment requirements have changed for the 2024 contest. Categories have not changed. A PDF version of the rules may be reviewed and downloaded here.

CONTEST PERIOD: Entries published between Jan. 1, 2023, and Dec. 31, 2023, are eligible. Continuous series or projects that began in 2023 and conclude by the UPDATED entry deadline of 11:59 p.m. Jan. 29, 2024, are allowed.

DEADLINE: Entries and entry fees will be accepted from Monday, Dec. 18, to Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Entries must be uploaded electronically by 11:59 p.m., Jan. 29, 2024. If fees are not paid, entries will not be considered.

HOW TO ENTER: We now require electronic filing for all contest entries. Printed newspapers will no longer be accepted. Instead, newspapers should submit PDFs or links to eEditions for the Newsroom of the Year and all other print categories. List staff members’ names as they should appear on awards. Enter the contest at https://tme-awards.spoffordfamily.com. Descriptions of the contest categories and rules are below.

Continue reading “2024 Texas Managing Editors contest rules”

Register now for 2022 convention in Irving


Registration is now open for our Texas APME convention in Irving April 29-May 1.

We’ve lined up a weekend of fun, food, fellowship, education and awards presentations for journalists across Texas.

The $250 registration fee pays for our costs to put on the convention, with the rest going to the Texas APME’s Buster Haas minority internship and scholarship program.

Make your reservations now at the NYLO in Irving by calling 972-373-8900 and ask for the Texas AME convention rate of $109 per night.


2022 Texas Association of Managing Editors contest rules

Texas Association of Managing Editors/Headliners Excellence in Journalism Contest

It’s contest time again. Here are the deadlines, rules and categories for the 2022 Texas Association of Managing Editors/Headliners Excellence in Journalism Contest. Please take a close look because categories and descriptions have changed from 2021.

CONTEST PERIOD: Entries published between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021, are eligible. Continuous series or projects that began in 2019 and conclude by the 11:59 p.m. Jan. 21, 2022 entry deadline are allowed.

DEADLINE: Entries must be uploaded electronically no later than 11:59 p.m., Jan. 21, 2022.

HOW TO ENTER: We require electronic filing for contest entries except for printed newspapers that are part of the Newsroom of the Year category. Except as specified in the category descriptions, entries may consist of the digital and/or print version of a story; both or either versions may be submitted. List staff members’ names as they should appear on awards.

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Texas Managing Editors sponsors the Buster Haas Minority lnternship Program, which aims to increase the number of minority journalists working in newsrooms across Texas.

TME places interns at Texas newspapers with circulations of 30,000 or less for 10 weeks over the summer. Students receive $3,000 stipends, plus $1,000 for living expenses. Upon successful completion of the internship, students receive $500 scholarships.

Continue reading “Internship application deadline extended through March 1”

Our deepest apologies for the trouble with the contest website. There’s a long explanation about how the host moved, which caused difficulty with our secure site certificate, and how our attempts to resolve things have gone unanswered. The upshot is we’ve managed to get the contest site up by squatting on our webmaster’s domain — three cheers to Trent! You can continue your contest entries through Monday, Jan. 29, at this URL: https://tme-awards.spoffordfamily.com.

We will have a permanent, reliable domain and URL to share with you in 2025. Again, we are sorry for the delay in getting this resolved and sincerely appreciate your patience.

Submit convention registration fees here.