DALLAS SOUTH NEWS, NONPROFIT NEWSPAPER, PREPARES FOR LAUNCH


DALLAS NONPROFIT NEWSPAPER OPENS NEWSROOM AND HIRES LOCAL WRITER/BLOGGER TO SERVE AS EDITOR

Former Dallas Morning News Exec and Current Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editor part of Board

Dallas, TX – The Board of Directors for Dallas South News announced its progress towards launching a new nonprofit online newspaper. The organization  recently opened their newsroom at the Southside on Lamar in the historic Sears Building. The board held its first meeting on June 27th.

Dallas South News will utilize professional journalists, citizen journalists, bloggers, and volunteers to cover issues that are relevant to residents of Southern Dallas.

The board also announced the hiring of Shawn P. Williams to serve as editor of the newspaper.  Williams has published the critically acclaimed blog, Dallas South, for the past three years, and is a frequent guest columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

“Dallas South News provides a unique opportunity for the residents of Dallas,” Williams says.  “As legacy media outlets continue to evolve, the nonprofit model empowers citizen journalists to help fill the void left by budget cuts and staff reductions,”   he says.

The Dallas South News’ Board of Directors contains a variety of experience including members of both traditional and new media; including, Evelyn Henry Miller, a financial executive whose most recent role was as executive vice president for The Dallas Morning News, A.H. Belo’s flagship newspaper.

Also on the Dallas South News Board of Directors is veteran journalist Bob Ray Sanders.  Sanders currently serves as Associate Editor and Senior Columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  Sanders also worked many years in public broadcasting at KERA-TV Channel 13, the Dallas/Fort Worth PBS affiliate.

Other board members include blogger and Central Dallas Ministries Education Director Janet Morrison; Marcia Page, President and CEO of the Foundation for Community Empowerment; Paul Stafford, Former Chair of the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors; and Jeff West, former Executive Director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Dallas South News has registered with the State of Texas, and is currently awaiting a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service.  The launch of the website is planned for early August of this year.

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Dallas South News is a non-profit organization utilizing technology, social media, and journalistic principles to empower and inform diverse communities.

For more information contact: Shawn Williams at 214-923-5013 or shawn@dallassouthblog.com