Journalists gather for annual conference, awards ceremony

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According to boxer Mike Tyson, everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the face.

That was the motto of the staff at the Port Aransas South Jetty when Hurricane Harvey hit. Many were displaced from their homes and reporters rented a condo and “deputized” their loved ones to take photos and post to the web in order to keep the community informed.

News editor Dan Parker displayed a slideshow during the April 20 workshop session of the South Texas Press Association conference.

“What’s the Internet program that makes this easy?” Parker asked while trying to load slides for the journalists in the audience.

“Youth?” answered a voice in the crowd.

Despite the beating that south Texas took during August 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, reporters in the area circled the wagons and provided instant information to their readers.

“It was pretty amazing,” Parker said. “No one died, but a lot of that was just pure luck. A lot of people came close to drowning.”

Parker picked up the STPA’s top awards for photography and news writing.

“We never missed printing an edition,” he said of his staff’s team coverage during the storm. “Every staff member was in a different city. We phoned it all in.”

Other speakers included Derek Bryant, social media director at The Wood Agency, and Micheal Hodges, CEO for the Texas Press Association.

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