The Magnet Tribune

Mark Webber retired from LISD and teaching on May 30, 2019.

Mark Webber, a founding faculty member at Vidal M. Treviño, taught 26 years as an instructor in the print journalism/online media program. He is also in his third year teaching creative writing.

He was a classroom teacher for 40 years. 

MarkWebber3682___SelectedStudents in the print journalism program staff and produce the print and online editions of the state- and nationally recognized The Magnet Tribune newspaper. Creative writing students staff and produce the nationally recognized Rumination Creative Writing Magazine.

Webber was a Fellow at the American Society of News Editors Reynolds Institute in June 2009, at Arizona State University and participated in the Online Media Workshop in Austin, sponsored by the state's two scholastic journalism organizations, in summer 2010.

During summer 2016 he became an Adobe Certified Associate in Photoshop, and has also participated several massive open online courses offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, the latest being "Listen up! How to launch and grow a hit podcast."

He received his bachelors and master’s degrees at Texas A&I University (now A&M-Kingsville). He is certified to teach journalism, English Literature, technology education, English as a Second Language, health and physical education, and speech, and has certifications to teach grades 1-8 and 6-12.

Webber has many years of daily newspaper experience, and for a little more than 19 years (1996 to 2015) was a part-time news and copy editor and Spanish-to-English translator at the Laredo Morning Times. He retired from the newspaper company in late 2015.

Previously, he worked full-time at the then-Laredo Times as a reporter and the now-defunct Laredo News first as a reporter and then later as a copy editor/news editor from mid-1977 through the end of 1980.

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Prior to this website, the paper had a site for many years on, which is no longer providing hosting services. (However, is still serving the scholastic journalism community.)

Mark Webber, Instructor

May 13, 2019
School receives the Texas Medal of Arts award (story, photos) (Media)
Nov 28, 2018
School receives Medal of Arts recognition from Texas Cultural Trust (Media)
Oct 10, 2018
Counselors discuss school information on Parent Night (Media)
Sep 28, 2018
Experiences: People facing the end deserve dignity (Media)
Aug 13, 2018
Orientation brings out students and their parents (Media)
May 25, 2018
Group photo of the Class of 2018 (Media)
Feb 15, 2018
The Beatles rocks this year’s float (Media)
Dec 08, 2017
Rare Laredo snowfall covers school campus (Media)
Jun 16, 2017
Cast, crew prepare for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (photos, video) (Media)
Jun 01, 2017
Medallion Ceremony 2017 (audio recording) (Media)
Dec 29, 2016
Journalism instructors are unique among all teachers (Story)
Nov 01, 2016
Cotulla mural posed challenges for art teacher Rocha (Media)
Jun 02, 2016
Rehearsals continue for summer musical (Media)
May 25, 2016
This year’s seniors are first to graduate from the new campus (Media)
Apr 22, 2016
Two receive awards at Technology Expo (Media)
Oct 17, 2015
I’ll soon get to meet my new grandchild (Story)
Aug 22, 2015
Open house hosts students, parents (Media)
Aug 05, 2015
Hand is now in place (Media)
Jun 03, 2015
Senior Class 2015 (Media)
May 26, 2015
#VMThrowback: Assistant principal recalls days as a VMT teacher (Media)
Apr 27, 2015
Looking back at our ‘home’ of 22 years brings back lots of memories (Story)
Apr 16, 2015
‘Excellence in Character Education’ awards recognize students (Media)
Jan 30, 2015
Alicia ‘Licha’ Gonzalez celebrates her retirement (Media)
Nov 19, 2014
I find windmills fascinating (Story/Media)
Oct 15, 2014
VMT tour shows off inside of new buildings (photos, video) (Media)
Oct 10, 2014
Inside the new VMT: Lots of sunlight, space (Media)
May 23, 2014
VMT Senior Class of 2014 (photo, audio) (Media)
Mar 25, 2014
A quick guide for getting your work seen (and getting ‘hits’) (Story)
Mar 24, 2014
Recycling means there’s hardly any trash left (Story/Media)
Mar 03, 2014
VMT supports LISD’s Career and Technical Education Week (Media)
Feb 19, 2014
It’s about time for our annual photo show (Story/Media)
Jan 24, 2014
Friday was an icy morning (Media)
Dec 09, 2013
I enjoy being a grandpa (Story/Media)
Nov 08, 2013
I’m wondering how this winter will be (Story/Media)
Nov 01, 2013
Costumes galore at the morning Halloween Costume Contest (Media)
Oct 09, 2013
I’m looking forward to Halloween (Story)
Sep 18, 2013
Me, the grass and my ‘children’ are happy (Story/Media)
Aug 21, 2013
Welcome back! (or) Welcome to class! (Story)
Aug 16, 2013
New campus shows progress (Story)
Nov 02, 2012
The fascinating things we learn on our Texas State trips (Story)
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