The Daily Texan is the student newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin, and has been serving the UT community for over a century. The first issue was published on Oct. 8, 1900, 17 years after the University’s founding, and officially became a daily publication on Sept. 24, 1913.
Today, The Daily Texan is the largest and most award-winning college publication in the nation. Thanks to our amazing social media team, our Twitter account also has more followers than any other college newspaper in the country.
Nearly 300 UT students are on the Texan staff each semester, working wildly long hours and receiving relatively low pay. Each semester, we are brought together by our love of journalism and creating content the UT community cares about.
After the COVID-19 pandemic turned our world upside down in March, the Texan halted its daily print production for the first time since 1918, when it delayed publication for six days due to the 1918 influenza pandemic. This fall, we resumed printing once a week and produce and distribute digital issues online. We continue to produce content everyday, and conduct all of our meetings via Zoom.
Our work is an essential part of keeping students informed and the university accountable.
Additionally, the work students do at the Texan is a catalyst for significant internships and professional opportunities. In recent years, Texan staffers have gone on to internships at The Texas Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Politico, and many more. We have more Pulitzer Prize alumni than many of our peer newspapers. And while some alumni have gone on to careers in journalism at publications including The New York Times and those listed above, others have held careers outside the newsroom — including in the U.S. Congress and the Texas Senate, and even in positions in the White House.
But in addition to the careers the work has the potential to launch students into, the Texan provides an invaluable opportunity for students to produce and share content every day. For many, it’s their first taste of real journalism, and it's a thrilling experience.
But, the work we do doesn’t always come cheap. Many Texan staffers have to provide their own equipment, from cameras, lenses and microphones to recording devices and interview transcription services, in order to do their work for the paper. The COVID-19 pandemic has also complicated how we check out equipment, how we collaborate, and how we find sources of revenue for the paper. We are raising $6,700 to purchase more equipment and subscribe to services that will allow us to continue to serve the UT community. We appreciate any contribution toward our efforts!
At the Texan, a story’s word count is referred to in inches — as in, how many inches of space the story will take up on the page. One inch equals 30 words! A donation in this amount would also cover the cost of a handheld recording device for reporters to use.
We currently have 71 people across 13 departments who are paid for their work. These students are called senior staffers, and many have worked at the Texan multiple semesters.
The Texan began printing in 1900 and will celebrate its 121st anniversary this year.
In addition to the managing editor and editor-in-chief, there were 239 total people working on the Texan's staff last semester.
At minimum, a typical Texan story is 390 words! A donation of this size also covers the cost of a used DSLR camera, allowing more students to participate in the photo and video departments.
Most of our written content, including news articles, opinion columns and sports coverage, is typically around 600 words in length!
When the Texan prints long-form pieces, they typically start at 33 inches, or 990 words.