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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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UT science is cool — and the summer managing editor wants to tell readers all about it

UT science is cool — and the summer managing editor wants to tell readers all about it

The Daily Texan’s newest managing editor is a former church pianist from Dublin — the town in Texas, not Ireland — who was so torn between her interests in science and journalism that she decided to combine the two and pursue a career as a science writer. Eva Frederick will be juggling those dual interests this summer. In addition to her responsibilities at The Texan, she is holding down a full-time editorial internship with Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. It may sound like a lot of work for one summer, but Frederick isn’t fazed. “I can be here every evening,” […]

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Gaylon Finklea Hecker’s tale of persistence

Pre-Watergate-era reporter devotes life’s work to documenting ordinary detail with humanity and compassion Gaylon Finklea Hecker served as a general assignments reporter and editor during her University of Texas career. The Daily Texan proved an ample training ground for skills like deadline diligence and fact-finding, and the newsroom atmosphere honed Hecker’s natural nose for story and emotion. She continued on to award-winning tenures at the San Antonio Light and San Antonio Express-News, and after 35 years of interviews—along with a lot of diligence and faith—Gaylon is nearing the publication of “A Sense of Place: Famous Native Texans Remember Their Childhood,” […]

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Q&A: Outgoing Daily Texan Editor-in-Chief Alexander Chase

Q&A: Outgoing Daily Texan Editor-in-Chief Alexander Chase

The editorship of The Daily Texan has been a springboard to journalistic success for many. After all, the paper has won more national, regional and state awards than any other college newspaper in America and counts 10 Pulitzer Prize winners among its former staffers. Alexander Chase is the latest in a long line of editors steering the course of this venerable publication. Chase graduated from Royse City High School and is an economics and Plan II senior, pursuing a Bridging Disciplines Program certificate in public policy. “I was introduced to the BDP program through the Rapoport Service Scholarship program, which […]

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Work under way at The Daily Texan

Editor’s note – Below you’ll find an update from Media Advisor Peter Chen, who works daily with the journalists at The Daily Texan. His note describes the real-world experiences Texan journalists are receiving, and how they rise to the occasion. By Peter Chen Media Advisor, Texas Student Media I’d like to update Friends of The Daily Texan on what your successors recently did that I feel y’all would be proud of.  How they worked tirelessly to nail down a story of a Student Government (SG) elections code violation, the pushback they encountered that is so similar to what journalists are […]

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New York Times reporter John Schwartz is optimistic about journalism’s future

New York Times reporter John Schwartz is optimistic about journalism’s future

John Schwartz (BA ’79, JD ’84) is a climate change writer for the New York Times, where he has worked since 2000 covering science, technology, space travel, legal affairs and more. Before that, he worked at the Washington Post and at Newsweek magazine. He is the author of two books, Oddly Normal (2012, Gotham) and Short: Walking Tall When You’re Not Tall At All (2010, Flash Point). We caught up with him recently at the New York Times offices to learn more about his career path and his unusual story of how he became editor of The Daily Texan. Did […]

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Alumna uses digital content and storytelling skills in her dream job at NASA

Alumna uses digital content and storytelling skills in her dream job at NASA

Daily Texan alumna Hayley Fick (BS ’15) says the coolest part of her job at NASA is working directly with astronauts, encouraging them to support NASA’s web campaigns, and helping them to develop media content and find a voice on social media. Fellow alumna Mona Behnaz Maali talked with Fick about her new position as a social media manager at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and how she built on the semesters of experience she gained in The Daily Texan newsroom, as well as her internships and classroom experience as a public relations major at The University of Texas […]

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TSM Director Gerald Johnson: “We needed to change the story that we were shutting down”

TSM Director Gerald Johnson: “We needed to change the story that we were shutting down”

Texas Student Media Director Gerald Johnson hit his two-year anniversary with the organization this past summer. Drawing upon more than 15 years of experience leading business development and sales initiatives for The Houston Chronicle and Hearst Media Services, Johnson has worked hard to stabilize both the staff and the finances of Texas Student Media. He led Texas Student Media as it transitioned in 2014 from operating under the Division of Student Affairs to the Moody College of Communication, with the help of bridge funding from the Office of the President. We caught up with him recently to learn more about […]

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