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2009 Texas Press Obituaries

JANUARY 2009

Clarence Gentry
Clarence Henry "Scoop" Gentry, 93, died Jan. 3, 2009, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Grand Prairie Healthcare Center.
Gentry was a pioneering black journalist. In 1948, he was one of the first black reporters in Jim Wells County.
He wrote for the Dallas Express, Dallas Post Tribune and Houston Informer and worked for 60 years in newspapers. He delivered The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times Herald in his youth.

Golf tournament June 20 benefits Texas Newspaper Foundation

The Robert Burns Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by CenturyLink, is set June 20 in Fredericksburg.
Texas Newspaper Foundation President Greg Shrader said golfers should assemble at 1:20 p.m. for 2 p.m. tee time Thursday, June 20, at the Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course in Fredericksburg. Click here for a registration form.

Newspapers need to explain 'How We Work'

Newspapers cover almost every imaginable topic, but when it comes to understanding and explaining their own roles in society, many community newspapers fall short.
They keep doing business and journalism pretty much like they always did, with digital media as a sideline because they can’t make much money at it. Their presence on social media is often desultory and uninspired, even though social media have become the dominant form of mass communication.

Newspaper publisher ponders run for local elected office

Q: What potential issues lay ahead for me if I run for a local public office? If elected, I would prefer to continue in my roles as a weekly newspaper publisher, editor, photographer, ad salesperson, circulation manager, web poster and floor sweeper; also civic club member, band booster, church member, etc.

Past is prologue: Newspapers connect us

“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare once wrote. 
As editors and publishers of community newspapers, we should understand this better than most. We are also historians whose collective knowledge of the people and places we cover enables us not only to report the news of the moment, but to offer context and perspective to the stories we write. 
I was reminded recently of the significance of that role when attending the Valentine’s Day opening of an unusual new exhibit at The Citadelle Museum in Canadian.