Former Times-Journal publisher to be honored Saturday

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 21, 2007

From staff reports

Former Selma Times-Journal publisher H. Shelton Prince Jr., will be inducted into the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor Saturday during a 3 p.m. ceremony in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University.

Prince, an Oakman native, began his newspaper career at the Cedartown (Ga.) Standard in 1956. During his career, he spent time in Galveston and Laredo, Texas; Jasper and Selma and was publisher of the Brownwood (Texas) Bulletin at the time of his death in 1997. He was also president of the Southwest Management Group of Boone Newspapers, a senior vice president and a group manager.

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Prince’s interest in newspapers began in the printing department. His first newspaper job in Cedartown, Ga., led him to become a journeyman web offset pressman and printing company manager. Although he went on to become a publisher, he never lost interest in the printing process.

Prince was active in every community he served. He was involved with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts and the YMCA. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America and was named Man of the Year in Brownwood in 1995 for his leadership in civic and charitable work.

Prince was president of the Alabama Press Association in 1980 and president of the APA Journalism Foundation in 1977. In addition, he led the successful five-year effort to double the Foundation’s endowment, an effort that began in 1984.

In nominating Prince, Mike Kelley said, &8220;Those who worked with him respected his dedication to quality and accuracy, whether in writing or printing, and for his ability to generate revenue that fueled his efforts. Shelton was a benchmark of what self-education, backed by an inquiring and good mind can accomplish when meshed with determination to improve oneself. Shelton improved the newspapers he ran, and through them, the communities he served.&8221;

Being inducted with Prince will be Evelyn Doster, who was the owner and editor of The Prattville Progress. Doster, who was born in 1900 and died in 2001, had a career that spanned 69 years in an evolution of working, owning and working for The Prattville Progress. She retired at the age of 96 and was, at that time, the oldest practicing female journalist.

Prince and Doster will be the 100th and 101st journalists inducted posthumously by the Alabama Press Association since the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor was established in 1959.