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Employment — Summer 2015 Tryouts
Tryouts for issue staff positions have ended. We welcome you to apply in the fall.
If you'd like to meet the team or tour the office, don't hesitate to set up a time by email. Our office is located in the basement of the HSM building, near the Cronkite Plaza and the CMA building. Questions? Email managing editor Brett Donohoe at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a description of each of the Texan's departments, scroll down.
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The 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, long-term investigations issues such as UT's race-inclusive admissions policy and the UT System's oil revenues. No experience required.
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. The department also features weekly online album, movie and book reviews, as well as recurring columns. No experience required.
The sports department is responsible for reporting on athletics at The University of Texas. Though the sports department’s primary focus is Texas athletics, writers also cover local and professional sports and write weekly online columns about a variety of issues in the sports world. No experience required.
The opinion department includes columnists, cartoonists and editors who work to contribute and solicit columns from the community. The department’s work serves a dual purpose: to reflect, and further inform, the opinions of the University community. No experience required.
Staff copy editors are responsible for fact-checking stories from all departments and reading for AP style. Copy staff work to strengthen content across all departments and gain skills in writing headlines and editing. No experience required, though familiarity with AP style is a plus.
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. No experience required, though familiarity with InDesign is a plus.
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. No experience required.
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. Tryouts will be required to independently film and edit a video, with advice and coaching from the video editor.
The comics department focuses primarily on the daily comics, filling the section with new, original content produced by the comics artists. Artists' work may include comics for the printed page or animations for the Daily Texan website. The department also provides other departments, such as news, opinion and life & arts with illustrations to accompany their stories. All artists and animators welcome.
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 Texan's Facebook account. No analytics experience required.