An association for alumni and supporters of The Daily Texan, student newspaper at the University of Texas at Austin

Welcome to Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc., dedicated to a strong future for The Texan in a digital world. Please Join the Cause

Who We Are

Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to lend support and assistance to The Daily Texan, an institution at the University of Texas at Austin since 1900.

Members include alumni of The Texan, plus other supporters of a free and unfettered student media at UT.

The group’s guiding principle is etched in stone at the entrance to one of the buildings occupied by The Texan during its illustrious journalistic history: vincit omnia veritas. Truth conquers all.

Latest News & Updates

  • Liz Smith, renowned gossip columnist, Daily Texan Hall of Fame honoree, dies at 94
    Liz Smith, well-known gossip columnist and former Daily Texan staffer, died at age 94 at her home in Manhattan on Sunday, Nov. 12. She was also a 2015 inductee in The Daily Texan Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc. Below is her obituary from The New York Times:   The New York Times Liz Smith, the longtime queen of New York’s tabloid gossip columns, who for more than three decades chronicled little triumphs and trespasses in the soap-opera lives of the rich, the famous and the merely beautiful, died on Sunday at her home in...
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  • Two Texan editors join Friends of The Texan board
    Daily Texan Editor-in-Chief Laura Hallas and Managing Editor Michelle Zhang have joined the board of Friends of The Daily Texan Inc. Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to lend support and assistance to The Daily Texan, an institution at the University of Texas at Austin since 1900. Members include alumni of The Texan, plus other supporters of a free and unfettered student media at UT. The board consists of  media professionals and other supporters of The Texan. It also includes the sitting Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor, whi have full voting rights and responsibilities...
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  • Photographer/digital pioneer joins Friends board
    Stanley Farrar, a long-time photographer and newsroom digital pioneer, has joined the board of directors of Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc. After graduation with a philosophy degree from UT Austin, Stanley worked as photographer and photo director for Texas Student Publications. He then went to the Associated Press Washington, D.C. bureau as a picture editor and came back to Austin as director of photography and graphics at the Austin American- Statesman. After seven years at the Statesman, he began a 25-year stint with The Seattle Times. He began as Assistant Managing Editor for photography, design and graphics and took on...
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