Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Scene in SA Editor Wins Lone Star Award

Press Release from Scene in SA:

Scene in SA Editor-at-Large Cynthia Leal Massey, (she was also the first Honorary Chairman for the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio), won the first-place Lone Star Award for magazine journalism from the Houston Press Club, June 6, for her article, “Is UT Holding Our History Hostage.”

The article, which appeared in the July 2007 issue of Scene in SA Monthly, was about the battle for the Bexar Archives between the Bexar County Clerk's office in San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin's Center for American History. UT has had the archives in its possession for more than 100 years.

“In her exhaustive look at the unique battle over the Bexar Archives, writer Cynthia Leal Massey manages to make history come alive, filled with dark plots and do-gooders of yesteryear, and allusion to cattle rustling and murder and more,” according to a competition judge.

The article was also a finalist in April for the O. Henry Award for Best Work of Magazine Journalism from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Massey joined the magazine staff in 2004. She is the author of Helotes, Where the Texas Hill Country Began, published in February.

Scene in SA is published monthly by Scene Monthly LLC. It is available at local HEB stores, Walgreens and Wal-Marts.

Congratulations, Cynthia! Your friends at the Society are proud of your accomplishment!