David Sedeño, publisher of Spanish-language La Estrella until the Fort Worth Star-Telegram folded the publication back in April, moves on to become the new editor of the semi-monthly Texas Catholic and the monthly El Católico de Texas. Both papers are published by the Diocese of Dallas.
David has been on the S-T editorial board and doing editorial writing full-time since April. He started with the paper in 2004, when it was Knight-Ridder publication. Before that, he worked 9 years at the Dallas Morning News.
“The opportunity came to me. I didn’t seek it,” David told me. “This is an opportunity to lead a public I believe in, with growth potential.” How does he feel about leading a religious publication? “I was born and raised Catholic. Faith is important to my family. I want to give back to my community.”
David admits the past 18 months have been rocky and at times unpleasant: “I had to let go more than a dozen people.” Despite that fact, he says a “safer job” was not a consideration in accepting the editor position at the Texas Catholic. “I really believe the future is in niche products. I think that’s where the growth is… and in superniche publications, you’re getting to the core of what people truly desire and need.”
David leaves the S-T at the end of August. He’s due to start on the new job September 1.