Belo: From Newspapers to New Media by Judith Garrett Segura

By Judith Garrett Segura

Based in Galveston in 1842 with the release of the day-by-day information, the Belo company entered the twenty-first century as a powerhouse conglomerate, possessing 4 day-by-day newspapers (including the Dallas Morning News), twenty-six tv and cable stations, and over thirty interactive websites. the 1st accomplished paintings to convey to lifestyles this extraordinary luck tale, Belo blends biography with a historical past of company recommendations. Drawing on corporation records and personal papers of key figures, together with A. H. Belo and G. B. Dealey, former corporation archivist Judith Garrett Segura brings to lifestyles vital chapters within the cultural lifetime of Texas, from Galveston's days because the biggest and such a lot brilliant city within the Republic of Texas, throughout the wars that statehood, sessions of monetary complication, and the results of sweeping social swap. Turning issues within the company's heritage, reminiscent of the sale of its Galveston paper while corporation sales have been dramatically stricken by candid reporting of Ku Klux Klan actions within the Twenties, spotlight the most important components of the press's function within the lifetime of a group. Segura additionally charts technological advances, from the telegraph and the typographers' union to the sunrise of the knowledge Age. eventually, she comprises the main whole portrait of the Dallas instances bring in corporation to this point, documenting the increase and fall of Belo's leader rival. this can be a tale of frontier survival and futuristic pondering, advertising and marketing genius and historical reporting, nurtured by means of a kinfolk of mavericks.

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In 1881, several years after *segura pages 22 7/8/08 7:27 AM Page 22 Leaders of Legend: A. H. Belo & G. B. Dealey Richardson’s death, Belo restructured the company as a joint stock corporation, calling it A. H. 13 Brothers Thomas and G. B. All three were promoted at the time, with Thomas becoming an officer of A. H. , taking on the responsibilities of secretary and treasurer. His elevation in rank recognized his role as one of Belo’s most trusted colleagues in the company, along with Belo’s father-in-law, Cornelius Ennis, who was an investor and a member of the board of directors.

Dealey was a passenger in the first car to pass through the underpass and drive up the hill through Dealey Plaza into downtown Dallas. Following G. The resolution said in part,“In modest recognition of these and *segura pages 40 7/8/08 7:27 AM Page 40 Leaders of Legend: A. H. Belo & G. B. ”34 Later on, in 1949, a larger-than-life-size bronze sculpture of G. B. Dealey was added to Dealey Plaza, facing the city he loved and served for his whole life. It was created by the nationally recognized artist Felix deWeldon and dedicated on November 14, 1949.

Belo & Co. out of business. In the 1924 governor’s race, the powerful but controversial former governor James E. Ferguson, who had been impeached and barred by the Texas Senate from holding state office again, took a firm stand against the Klan and fielded a candidate in his place, his own wife, Miriam “Ma” Ferguson. The Klan’s candidate was Felix Robertson, a Dallas district judge. It was an awkward move for the Dallas Morning News, which had supported barring Governor Ferguson from further elected office, but the newspaper forcefully backed Mrs.

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