Earlier than coming to UT, I’d by no means learn The Every day Texan and had no expertise working for a newspaper. I actually didn’t anticipate to change into concerned in journalism. And but, my freshman 12 months, I wound up making use of on a whim, with no concept that the Texan would come to outline my time at UT.
Being a scholar journalist isn’t straightforward. It’s time consuming and nerve-racking to steadiness tutorial obligations with the calls for of the newspaper. Behind each story revealed are dozens of rejected pitches, emails despatched with out response and late nights spent enhancing. Many days, my coursework took a backseat to the tales I used to be writing and the deadlines I needed to meet.
There’s no different means that I might’ve wished to spend these final couple years. Working for the Texan and serving as its editor-in-chief has been an plain privilege. Greater than that, it’s taught me simply how vital scholar journalism is.
Sadly, challenges like elevated printing prices, declining advert income and stress from college directors imperil impartial scholar newspapers. The Texan is not any exception. After the COVID-19 pandemic struck, we had been pressured to cut back our weekly print manufacturing to twice per week. Now, the vast majority of content material we produce is revealed on-line, and it doesn’t appear to be that may change any time quickly.
Nevertheless, the decline of print doesn’t sign the top of journalism. Many newsrooms, just like the Texan, have tailored to the rising digitization of media and adopted new methods of reaching readers. On-line information has its advantages; it’s cheaper to provide and permits for real-time updates as occasions progress.
Pupil newspapers function coaching grounds for potential full-fledged journalists, and even college students who aren’t seeking to pursue journalism long-term can profit. Right here, college students have the chance to study the talents essential to suppose critically, search the reality and produce high quality journalism. In at present’s age, a digital world rife with misinformation, that is all of the extra important.
Moreover, as establishments that primarily report on college affairs, scholar newspapers are accountable for holding directors accountable and should stay impartial. At the beginning, the Texan exists to serve and inform the UT group.
My time on the Texan is nearly at an finish, but it surely’s taught me expertise and given me pals I’ll worth for a lifetime. After spending the previous couple of years in our dingy basement workplace — working alongside college students who’re captivated with reporting the reality and searching for change — I’m longing for the way forward for journalism.
Tran is a Plan II, English and sociology junior from Houston, Texas. She is the editor-in-chief.