AUSTIN – The Daily Texan, the student-run campus newspaper for the University of Texas in Austin is one of the oldest college papers in the country.
The first edition was printed in 1900 and the publication became a daily 13 years later.
Fast forward to the present and the future of The Texan was the main topic of discussion at the Texas Student Media Board meeting Friday.
“From my perspective it's a very valuable, essential part of the community,” said Jalah Goette, the Texas student media adviser.
Goette was at the Texas Student Media Board’s four-hour long meeting Friday where the budget for The Daily Texan was accepted for the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 school year.
Texas Student Media Board Members had discussed cutting the Texan’s publication from five days to four because the periodical has seen a 43 percent decrease in advertising revenue over the past five years.
Goette says the reason for the decline in revenue is tied directly to the changing of technology.
“It's very out of date to be printing paper for kids that have access to iPhones and smartphones and things that readily access the Internet,” said UT student Joshua Carrasco.
Goette also told KVUE that the response from UT alumni has been overwhelming with many who have stepped up to make financial donations.