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Friends of The Daily Texan raises funds for student scholarship endowment

Friends of The Daily Texan raises funds for student scholarship endowment

Friends of The Daily Texan Inc. has provided $25,000 in funds to start a scholarship fund for Daily Texan staffers and is now beginning a campaign to raise additional funds to further grow the endowment. During its annual awards dinner Nov. 3, the Friends group announced a $25,000 grant to Moody College of Communication to establish an annual $1,500 scholarship for a deserving student journalist who works on The Texan.  The first scholarship grant will be awarded in spring 2018 to a deserving staffer, chosen by a selection committee that will include representatives from Moody College of Communication, The Daily Texan, Texas […]

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Bill Moyers, distinguished Daily Texan alum, signs off

Bill Moyers, a former Daily Texan staffer who forged a high-profile career in politics and media, is “signing off” after a distinguished career. Moyers was a first-year inductee, in 2013, to the Daily Texan Hall of Fame, by Friends of The Daily Texan Inc. Moyers wrote for The Daily Texan in the 1950s. He was LBJ’s White House press secretary and has had a storied career as commentator and host for PBS, including Bill Moyers Journal and Moyers & Co. You can read his farewell note here- http://billmoyers.com/story/farewell/ – or pasted below. To Our Readers: When I turned 80 three years ago, […]

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11 former staffers honored, Texan journalist scholarship established by Friends of The Texan

Eleven former staffers of The Daily Texan were honored and a new, endowed scholarship for a Texan staffer was announced at the recent annual awards dinner of Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc. on the University of Texas-Austin campus. Take a look at the photo gallery from the event – http://www.friendsofthedailytexan.org/texan-hall-of-fame-awards-2017/ – and read below about those honored. During the awards dinner, the Friends announced a $25,000 grant to Moody College of Communication to establish an annual $1,500 scholarship for a deserving student journalist who works on The Texan.  The Friends group – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, also announced start of a fund-raising […]

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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 Manhattan. […]

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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 on […]

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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 representing […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Austin Chronicle editor looks back on almost four-decade career at alternative weekly paper

Alumni Spotlight: Austin Chronicle editor looks back on almost four-decade career at alternative weekly paper

In 1981, Louis Black started a job in Austin that he thought would last only a year. He helped launch The Austin Chronicle, which became one of the most successful alternative weeklies in the country. Black recently announced that he is stepping down from his job of 36 years. Early on, it was a nightmare. The staff was tiny, the news hole huge, the budget low, the skepticism about its success high. “We ran out of money after eight months,” Black recalled. “For a very long time, it was a real struggle. We were worried all the time. It was […]

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Pulitzer Prize winners, filmmaker, cartoonist, sports writers top list of former Texan staffers honored Nov. 3

Eleven former Daily Texan staffers  – including a well-known filmmaker, a respected Texas state senator, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, a university president, the man who built the Dallas Cowboys franchise, two sportswriters and columnists who covered the early Cowboy years and a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist – will be honored at the Friends of The Daily Texan Awards Dinner Nov. 3 at the University of Texas-Austin. University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual gathering, hosted by Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc., a non-profit group supporting The Texan through financial contributions […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Texas Monthly Food Editor Patricia Sharpe

Alumni Spotlight: Texas Monthly Food Editor Patricia Sharpe

Texas Monthly Food Editor Patricia Sharpe has worked at the magazine since 1974, when she started out editing the cultural and restaurant listings. She eventually focused exclusively on food, and her writing has won numerous awards, including a James Beard Foundation award for magazine food writing for her story “Confessions of a Skinny Bitch,” about her career as a restaurant critic. Her humorous story “War Fare,” an account of living for 48 hours on military MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), was included in the anthology Best Food Writing 2002. Many of her stories appear in the 2008 collection Texas Monthly […]

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UT System Chancellor William McRaven to give keynote at Nov. 3 annual event

Friends of The Daily Texan. will induct 11 new Daily Texan Hall of Fame members and host University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven as keynote speaker at its fifth annual gathering Nov. 3 at The Texas Union. The gathering will be in the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom in The Texas Union on the UT campus in Austin. The Nov. 3 event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Registration to attend the event, which is open to the public, will begin in early July. Since its inception, the Friends group has recognized […]

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