Fri March 1, 2013
Daily Texan to Stay Daily
The Daily Texan is staying daily, at least for now.
The Texas Student Media board voted today to keep the print edition of the publication operating five-days-a-week, with a 50 percent pay cut to student media employees. The proposed budget also included tuition reimbursement cuts for student managers and the hiring of an additional ad salesman.
The University of Texas student newspaper had faced the prospect of a four-day-a-week print schedule and the elimination of its weekly summer tabloid. Though reduction has been staved off for the 2013-2014 school year, board officials warned that falling ad revenue could bring changes in the future.
In the meeting, Texan Editorial Adviser Doug Warren announced his resignation, which is effective in June. He cited challenges with the TSM board as part of his decision to leave the UT paper.
Texan Editor-in-Chief Susannah Jacob said after the meeting that while she saw the proposed budget as a general success, she also understands that there is a “larger battle going forward, which is the development of a news organization that generates value, but is also very relevant to the students on this campus.”
Though the industry is rapidly changing, Jacob said that The Daily Texan is prepared to meet the challenges.
“There are big questions for every print newspaper about the future of print journalism,” Jacob said.
“I think that the Texan is equipped to fight for its revenue and relevance on this campus because of its association with the university, because of its captive audience and because of its staff, which does the work primarily because they believe in it.”