Take a look at Julie Rene Tran's story about Washington Post food editor and former Daily Texan managing editor Joe Yonan's new cookbook "Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One" ($22, Ten Speed Press). It has a strong UT angle, delivers insights for one of the Texan's core audience (single people) and offers a solid multimedia package on our much- improved website. This is the kind of work we want to be doing at the Texan these days. Now, I must admit that Joe and I worked together back in the day at The Boston Globe, but that takes nothing away from the relevance and quality of the work by both Joe and Julie. And the recipes are darned good, too!
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I'm sure everyone out there in the blogosphere celebrated the return to print of The (not so)Daily Texan today. This summer, this print product will be produced on Mondays and Thursdays. The rest of the week, loyal readers should go to our new and improved website for the latest happenings on and around the Forty Acres.
Historic happenings at The New York Times today. Executive Editor Bill Keller is stepping down (he'll become a full-time writer at the paper) and Managing Editor Jill Abramson will take over the top spot at "the paper of record" on Sept. 6. This will be the first time a woman has held the top job at the "Gray Lady." Dean Baquet, Washington bureau chief (and former editor of the Los Angeles Times) will take over as managing editor come September. Many friends (and my pension) are wrapped up with the future success of the Times -- not to mention the future of our democracy -- so I'm wishing Ms. Abramson all the best!
Oh, and did you notice that the Austin American-Statesman is offering voluntary buyouts to 167 of its employees who are at or closing in on retirement age? The bottom line remains hard to determine for media companies of all sizes.
Jim Tressel resigned as head football coach at Ohio State University this week because of a scandal brought to light, at least in part, by student journalists at OSU's campus paper, The Lantern. Now, a story on ESPN.com is reporting that the reaction to The Lantern's outstanding work is somewhat less than fully positive. In fact, some of it is downright nasty. Check it out. Is the Texan prepared to do the digging necessary to unearth such an important story? And to withstand the blowback? I sure hope so. Anyone know of any shady dealings going on in connection with Longhorn memorabilia and/or tattoos? Do tell!
This just in: Texas Student Media has a new director. Gary Borders, publisher of the Hill Country News in Cedar Park, will be taking over from interim TSM director Jennifer Hammat on June 20. Gary, a native of Longview who got his masters degree in journalism at UT, brings extensive experience in newspaper and online journalism to a key post at TSM during a time of great transition and opportunity for the organization. Read more about Gary and his vision for student media at UT when the Texan resumes publication next week!
Interested in new media journalism? Like reading dailytexanonline.com? The Daily Texan is looking for current UT students to work on our newly redesigned website this summer.
With the new site and switch to two days of print publication, we've got a lot of online opportunities. Working for dailyexanonline.com is a great way to get your foot in the door at one of Texas' oldest college newspapers, bulk up your resume and earn some money in the process.
A basic knowledge or background in online content distribution is encouraged, but not necessary. Some duties include: uploading new and old articles, managing our social media feeds and watching the news wire. Ideally, we'd also love for eager staffers to stay on into the fall to further help continue to grow the Texan, but that is not a requirement.
If interested, please email your resume and a brief cover letter to email@example.com. Applications should be submitted by June 1st.