The Shorthorn is the student-run newspaper at The University of Texas at Arlington. We’ve published since 1919 and have been online since 1997. Our first issue — 48 pages with a bull in a bull's-eye for a cover — appeared in April 1919. The publication came out monthly in a 6-inch by 9-inch format. We changed to newspaper format in 1921. On a campus noted for change, The Shorthorn remains one of the oldest traditions, rivaled only by the Sam Houston Rifles drill team. We went daily in 1977, following stints as a biweekly and a weekly, and became a multi-platform, digital-first publication in fall 2012, transitioning to a publishing schedule that includes daily publication online and a print issue once a week, on Wednesday. We produce a daily emailed news digest with links to the new online content.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did The Shorthorn get its name?
In 1919, cadets at Grubbs Vocational College (one of the University of Texas at Arlington's eight names since 1895) needed a name for their fledgling literary/humor magazine. With a $2.50 prize from the dean as an incentive, students submitted names — KornKob, Swat News, Horse Sense, Grubworm and Tool among them — and, in a three-ballot runoff, selected Shorthorn over the other finalists, GVC Shots and Thistle. That explains how the name was selected, but there are no records about why it was suggested. Grubbs Vocational College was affiliated with Texas A&M (not the University of Texas), so the name may have been a swat at an intra-state rival. Another theory says it was suggested because farms and ranches raising shorthorn cattle surrounded the campus in those days, a far cry from UT Arlington's metropolitan setting today.
Who decides what goes in the paper?
The student editors have sole control over the content of The Shorthorn. Students make all the assignments, do all the reporting, editing, photography and design, make all decisions determining if and when a story will run, sell ads and market the digital and print editions. Many stories come from reporters covering their assigned "beats." But the UT Arlington campus is large, and our staff is small. Editors welcome suggestions for story ideas. Anyone can submit a story idea or request coverage of an event by either calling a reporter or editor (817-272-3661) or submitting the story idea or coverage request by email.
What's a typical day like at The Shorthorn?
Part of the challenge — and the enjoyment — of being a Shorthorn staff member is that the days are sometimes anything but typical. Nevertheless, it all works around deadlines. Each position’s work schedule is determined by the responsibilities and deadlines for that position. Most staff members schedule classes during the mornings when possible and perform their responsibilities for The Shorthorn in the afternoon or evening, depending on their positions. The pace in The Shorthorn office picks up in the afternoon. Reporters and photographers work on assignments. They turn in their work to their respective editors, who decide when each story will be published online or in print. Print issues are finished and sent to the contract printer electronically by midnight; that issue is printed and distributed by 9 a.m. the next morning. Online content is posted online throughout the day. And then the process that we affectionately call "the daily miracle" begins all over. While the news content is being produced, staff members in several other areas are working in advance under their own deadline schedules. Advertising sales representatives work in advance so ads can be scheduled, designed and produced for the publication date and platform each advertiser has selected. Opinion and features/entertainment content also is produced in advance.