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Employment — Fall 2014 Tryouts
Tryouts for all departments are held the first two weeks of every semester.
Please don't hesitate to come visit us on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Our office is located in the basement of the HSM building, near the Cronkite Plaza and the CMA building.
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The Texan news department covers student issues on campus, UT policy, the UT administration, legislation affecting the University, city policy affecting UT, crime on campus and much more. The department also does in-depth investigations on more serious issues, such as UT's race-inclusive admissions policy and UT's oil revenues.
The opinion department includes columnists, cartoonists and editors who work to contribute and solicit columns from the community that represent student opinion.
The sports department is responsible for reporting on athletics at The University of Texas. In addition, the sports department covers professional and local sports that are relevant to students at UT.
Life & Arts:
Life & arts features content ranging from profiles of campus "characters" to local interests and oddities. The department also runs coverage of local festivals such as South By Southwest and Austin City Limits.
Photographers capture visual content to supplement news, sports and life & arts stories on a daily basis. They also have the opportunity to work on long term multimedia projects independent from other departments and produce photo spreads, online slideshows and blog posts.
The video department serves the duel roles of creating video components of print stories alongside reporters, while also tackling separate stand-alone projects. This area of the paper exists to communicate stories that matter through online media, whether it's creating interactive video projects on local politics or covering the waves of emotion that flow from Fun Fun Fun Fest. Apply to the multimedia-video department to create exciting content to bolster The Texan's increasingly important online presence.
The comics department manages the comics page by creating new, original content from its artists. This content may include comics for the printed page, or animations for the Daily Texan website. The department also provides other departments, such as news, opinion, life & arts, etc., with illustrations to accompany their stories.
The design department makes note of all stories and art for each print issue of The Daily Texan, and then lays out the pages each night. Page designers work one night a week either on the sports section or on life & arts. Staff members are also responsible for graphics and sidebars. The department often works on special design projects such as in-depth packages and special issues.
Staff copy editors are responsible for fact-checking stories from all departments and reading for AP style. Copy staff make suggestions of things to change in a story and gain skills in writing and editing.
The digital projects department is responsible for pioneering new technologies in the areas of web design, social media, and app development. The department also carefully looks at online analytics and is constantly thinking about how to better serve our online-oriented society.
Social Media Team:
The social media team works to coordinate the various Texan social media accounts to maximize the organization's outreach. It works with The Daily Texan's main Twitter account — which boasts the second largest following among all college media — and uses analytics to track the success of its strategies, in addition to managing the Facebook account.