Paul K. Harral
Fort Worth, TX
Baylor University, BA 1966. Journalism/Sociolog
Baylor University, 1967. Postgraduate study. Sociology/Mass Communication
The Harral Group May 2009 to present
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: 1986-2009
400 West 7th Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Vice President/Editorial Director: March, 1999-April 2009
Corporate officer of the Star-Telegram. Directed all editorial and OpEd operations, reporting directly to publisher.
Ombudsman: Jan. 1, 1998-March 1999
Reader representative and internal critic for the newspaper, reporting directly to the publisher. A secondary responsibility is director of newsroom training.
Managing Editor/Special Projects: September 1996-Dec. 31, 1997
This position was designed to apply editing and management experience to areas of the newspaper in critical need. Examples of these assignments include:
-- Team leader for Hometown Star project planning. Hometown Star is a micro-zoning publication designed to close off all competitive weaknesses against the Dallas Morning News. The project was so successful financially and competitively in the initial launch that additional Hometown Stars are planned in other highly competitive areas.
-- Editing relief in the highly competitive Arlington zone during a lengthy search for a city editor.
-- Filling in as Sunday and centerpiece editor in the Business Department and as editor of the Monday Tarrant Business product (positions were open because of transfers, reassignments and a maternity leave).
-- Supervision of the editorial library.
-- Continued supervision of the Star-Telegram Online Services editorial product.
-- Acting Executive Editor: May 1996-September 1996
Directed all news operations in the Fort Worth newsroom, including those based in Fort Worth but shared by the zoned editions when the executive editor unexpectedly left the newspaper.
Senior Editor/Metropolitan News: March 1996-September 1996
Directed coverage of Fort Worth, the areas of Tarrant County not covered by the Northeast Tarrant and Arlington zone offices and the State of Texas outside Fort Worth.
Editorial Director: 1991-March 1996
Directed all editorial and OpEd operations, reporting directly to publisher. Conceptualized and developed an eight-page Sunday Opinions section. The daily and Sunday product was named best in the state by the Texas APME. Wrote a weekly opinion column.
News Director – Online Services: 1993- Dec. 31, 1997
Supervised editorial content of StarText, an electronic version of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. This site is now known as star-telegram.com, and is the oldest continually operated electronic newspaper in the United States.
Assistant Managing Editor: 1986-1991:
Served in a variety of roles including directing the morning edition of the newspaper; writing a three-times weekly business column; supervising Arlington and Northeast Tarrant County bureaus; and supervising production for the morning edition.
Baptist Medical Center: 1984-1986
800 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Responsible for market research and tracking of regulatory and other external environmental information relating to hospital; developed and coordinated hospital’s marketing strategy. Supervised staff of five.
Florida City Magazines, Inc.: 1983 1984
555 Wharfside Way
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Vice President and Editorial Director, Editor, Jacksonville Monthly Magazine.
Directed editorial production of magazines in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa. Supervised staff of six. Total responsibility for Jacksonville magazine (Circulation: 20,000).
The Florida Times Union: 1978-1983
1 Riverside Drive
Jacksonville, Fla. 32231
Directed coverage of Jacksonville, Duval County and Tallahassee bureau. Supervised four assistant city editors and 24 reporters.
National Broadcasting Company
The Merchandise Mart
Editorial supervision of nine camera crews and 20 AFTRA reporters in coverage of Chicago (day shift). Supervised editing of news spots and special reports.
United Press International: 1967-1977
New York, New York
UPI National Broadcast Department
Executive Editor: 1975-1977
Managed UPI's Broadcast Reports, both state and national. Directly supervised 32member staff at National Broadcast Department.
Associate News Director: 1973-1975
Planned special event coverage such as space missions and elections, developed computer procedures at broadcast bureaus in the United States, and responsible for the National Broadcast Department in the absence of the Editor of Broadcast Operations.
News Editor: 1971-1973
Produced national segment of UPI Broadcast Wire Products. Supervised full six-person shift for National Broadcast Department.
Denver Bureau: Denver, Colorado
Colorado News Editor: 1969-1971
Supervised five teletype operators and eight staff members in Denver and three staff members in Cheyenne, Wyo.; responsible for full coverage of Colorado and Wyoming.
Southwest Division Headquarters:
Staff Reporter/Overnight Editor: 1967 – 1969
Supervised eight-state Southwest Division national UPI report and origination of Texas UPI report for PM newspapers.
The Waco TribuneHerald: 1966-1967
Staff Reporter, Civil Rights Beat, (First civil rights beat in Waco).
The Baylor Lariat 1965-1966
Supervised 20-member paid student staff producing a four-day a week newspaper.
Responsible for all sports coverage in the newspaper.
Created advertising campaigns and sold advertising for the student newspaper, the student magazine and the student directory.
Special Professional Assignments:
Apollo Spaceflight Coverage Team, United Press International (One of three UPI writers qualified to carry "UPI Spacewriter" specialty byline).
Member of planning and implementation team that designed, installed and trained for the first large-scale text storage and editing system in the world. Trained staff members in all major domestic bureaus in operation of UPI's Information Storage and Retrieval System.
Member 1976 Presidential Election coverage staff. Served as primary onsite desk staffer for eight state primaries and as a member of the national desk staff at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Designer and project director for Tarrant Business, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Monday business magazine.
Editor and designer of Opinions, an 8-page section of editorials and opinions for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The weekend and daily section was recognized as best in the state by the Texas APME in 1995.
Project leader for Hometown Star, a weekly and twice-weekly series of newspapers established in the most competitive area of Star-Telegram territory to eliminate any opening for the Dallas Morning News in local news coverage.
Professional Seminars and Training:
API Metropolitan City Editors' Conference, Reston, Va.
ANPA Conference for Young Newspaper Men and Women, St. Petersburg, Fla.
SNPA Conference on Improving Newspaper Writing, Austin, Texas.
The City Editors' Conference, Richmond, Va.
API Editorial Page Editors Conference, Reston, Va.
College-level teaching experience:
Adjunct professor of journalism, University of Texas at Arlington, TX. (Editing)
Adjunct professor of journalism, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX.
Opinion Writing: Fall 2007, Spring 2006, Fall 2002
Reporting: Fall 2005, Spring 2005, Fall 2004, Spring 2004
Media Writing and Editing: Spring 2002, Fall 2001 (Media Writing II); Spring 2001; Fall 1992; Spring 1992; Spring 1991
Radford Visiting Professor, Baylor University, Waco, TX., advanced writing (one month appointment)
Frequent speaker for various community organizations.
Member, Leadership Fort Worth
Current member of the Board, Circle Theatre, Fort Worth
Former President and Member, Board of Directors, Shakespeare in the Park, Fort Worth.
Former member, board of directors, Camp Carter YMCA, Fort Worth
Former Board Member, Kids Who Care
Steering Committee Member, Let’s Talk Fort Worth, planning a citywide town hall meeting for September 2008.
Member, Vision Coalition Committee of Fort Worth (chair of Town Hall Meeting phase), appointed by the mayor.
Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas: Sunday School Teacher, Capital Campaign Follow-up Committee, Committee on Committees, Choir, Capital Campaign Committee communication co-chair. Congregational Activities Committee, Worship Committee
Former Member, District Council, Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America, Fort Worth, Texas.
Former Vice President /Membership, Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America .
Holder of Silver Beaver Award, recognition of service and leadership to Boy Scouts of America.
Former Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 326, Trinity Trails District, Longhorn Council, Fort Worth, Texas.
Boy Scouts of America, Riverbend District, North Florida Council, Jacksonville, Fla.: Committee member, Troop 11 Committee Chairman, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster.
Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida: Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Choir, numerous committees
Leadership Jacksonville, participant, class designated board member, educational resource person.
Coordinator, Governor's Program for Gifted Students in Journalism, director, 1982, 1984, Jacksonville, Fla.
Governor's Challenge Conference on Prevention and Control of Crime, 1983, conference moderator and participant, Jacksonville, Fla.
Member, Jacksonville Easter Seals, Board of Directors
Member, Open Theatre of Jacksonville, Board of Directors
Meninak Club of Jacksonville (Men's Service Club), member and member of program committee.
Children's Services Committee of Jacksonville, Inc., (A committee to bring a Ronald McDonald House to Jacksonville), founding member, Board of Directors.