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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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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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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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Texan Life & Arts Editor Elizabeth Hlavinka pursues ‘the people aspect of journalism,’ from mental health to modern love

Texan Life & Arts Editor Elizabeth Hlavinka pursues ‘the people aspect of journalism,’ from mental health to modern love

Elizabeth Hlavinka worked her way up at The Texan to become editor of the Life & Arts section this fall. Daily Texan alumnus R.U. Steinberg recently talked with her to learn more about her time at the newspaper and the special projects she’s spearheaded. How did you come to join The Texan? I spent my first year of college at Boston College and worked for the newspaper there, The Gavel. I went to Boston to get outside Texas and try something new, but pretty quickly I realized that maybe Texas was the place for me. The weather was a little […]

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Texan reporter connects with other Texan alumni to report story about Tower shooting anniversary

Texan reporter connects with other Texan alumni to report story about Tower shooting anniversary

Aaron Torres, a senior in journalism, worked as a senior sportswriter for The Daily Texan last year, and as a general sportswriter covering offseason baseball and softball in fall 2014. He contacted the Friends of The Daily Texan back in the summer when he was reporting on a story for the 50th anniversary of the Tower shooting in 1966. He’s currently interning in the sports department of the Tampa Bay Times, where he’s writing about high school football and some college and professional sports. He will return to school in January and expects to graduate in May. Texan alumna Alicia […]

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Hands-on apprentice: Cat Cardenas

Hands-on apprentice: Cat Cardenas

Sponsored by a $10,000 gift from Friends of the Daily Texan, Cardenas and four other Moody College of Communication journalists traveled to cover the Rio Olympic Games Like so many hungry souls who stumbled down the shadowy steps, looking for promise and finding purpose, Cat Cardenas bloomed in the unlikeliest of places. She grew in a basement. The Daily Texan’s underground energy of fluorescent lights, hand-me-down couches and mis-matched desk chairs continues to forge the eyes and ears of a nation. Cardenas herself reported from Rio this past August, as one of five Texas Longhorns covering the 2016 Summer Olympic […]

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