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Dallas Historical Society presented panel on “alternative” media

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Dallas Voice founder and original publisher Robert Moore, right on a panel at the Hall of State on March 16, with Dallas Weekly publisher Patrick Washington. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice) Dallas Voice founder Robert Moore sat on a panel at a Dallas Historical Society presentation about the city’s “alternative” press. “Alternative to what?” wondered Melita Garza, who serves on the faculty of TCU’s Bob Schieffer School of Journalism.

Is it right to call Univision alternative, when it’s evening news broadcast is the highest rated network news program in the U.S? “We’re not alternative people,” she said, just people with “different voices and ideas.” Also on the panel were Patrick Washington, publisher of Dallas Weekly and Norma Adams Wade, the first Black full-time reporter for the Dallas Morning News.

Moore told the story of how he founded Dallas Voice and some of the early challenges the paper faced. Asked where the name Dallas Voice came from, he explained he previously worked at Dallas Gay News, but stores and restaurants refused to put out a publication with the word gay on its cover, so an early partner in the business named it Dallas Voice.

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