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Employment — Spring 2014 Tryouts
TRYOUTS ARE CLOSED FOR SPRING 2014 — We hope you apply for summer and fall.
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. We also report 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 from the community columns that represent student opinion.
The sports department is responsible primarily 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 Texas.
Life & Arts:
Life & Arts features content ranging from music and television to local interests and oddities. Writers contribute weekly with entertainment reviews, themed columns and blog posts, or biweekly with human interest features. The department also runs coverage of local festivals such as South By Southwest and Austin City Limits Festival.
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 not only assists reporters in visualizing their stories but also tackles separate stand-alone pieces individually. This area of the paper exists to communicate the messages through a medium other than print, whether it's the massive range of stories to tell at the Austin Pride festival or the waves of emotions that flow from Fun Fun Fun Fest. Apply to the multimedia department to fill the gaps and 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 additionally provides other departments, such as News, Editorial, Life & Arts, etc., with illustrations to accompany their stories.
Comics staffer positions include Comic Artist who create two black and white comics per week, CA+Illustrator who in addition to making comics will receive illustration requests, and Animator who makes short animated videos or gifs.
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. Senior designers are in charge of designing the front page once a week and another section one other night a week. 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 print-issue 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 Tech 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 social media accounts across the Texan 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.