Palestine Magazine Spring Edition 2021 - Page 17

Wayne Sellers , editor and publisher of The Palestine Herald-Press , 1966-1980 .
Sellers attended many events in town , from school board and city council meetings to larger community events . Selden described him as passionate about promoting Palestine and upholding journalism ’ s values .
“ I just couldn ’ t imagine not having a local newspaper , though there are many towns that don ’ t have them ,” Selden said . “ It was where you turned when you wanted to find out what was going on or what had happened .”
In 1998 the Patrick family sold their business to Community Newspaper Holdings Incorporated , based in Montgomery , Alabama . CNHI still owns the paper today .
Mienk has helped lead the charge into the digital era and stays involved with the community and its organizations . In 2016 he was named to CNHI , LLC ’ s President ’ s Circle and was awarded nationally by Editor and Publisher magazine as one of the nation ’ s top 35 newspaper executives under 35 years old .
“ It ’ s truly an honor to be the publisher of the Herald-Press ,” said Mienk . “ Newspapers are the glue which holds the community together and also serves as a time stamp which our great grandchildren will look to when we are gone .”
The Herald-Press continues to extend its influence as readership continues to rise via the mobile app , social media and the web site as well as in print . In any given month the Herald-Press sees an average of 100,000 unique visitors online .
Herald-Press writers and editors throughout the decades have developed a tradition of excellence , winning statewide awards and accolades from organizations like the Texas Press Association .
In 2020 the Herald-Press won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing under Editor Jeffery Gerritt . His “ Death Without Conviction ” editorial series criticized health risks and lack of civil rights protections among prisoners in Texas county jails in 2019 .
Winning “ journalism ’ s highest honor ” is rare among small dailies , and is the first won by the Herald-Press . The award generated interest around the nation , proving once again the value of Palestine ’ s rich newspaper tradition .
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