The University Star
University Star: Defending the First Amendment since 1911
The University Star is a multi-platform campus media outlet that prints a newspaper once a week and runs a digital news website 24 hours a day. It serves a growing campus community of more than 38,000 students and the greater San Marcos area.
Aside from the traditional newsroom equipped to produce a print publication, The Star maintains a fully equipped production studio used to produce video news programs and podcasts distributed online. The Star also has an active social media presence with thousands of followers.
The Star has amassed numerous awards over the years, including national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Star also regularly wins awards from TIPA, the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.
Independent campus media
As an independent campus media outlet, students run The Star. Annually, a student publications board hires a student editor-in-chief. The editor is responsible for hiring and supervising the remaining staff. The student staff make editorial decisions produce all content for the print edition and the website. The media outlet hosts four sections but production content for news, lifestyle, sports, opinions and multimedia.
The First Amendment and U.S. Supreme Court decisions support the independence of campus media. The University Star enjoys the same freedoms and responsibilities as any news organization.
Paid staff and facilities
The student staff includes reporters, section editors, copy editors, photographers, videographers, designers and advertising sales staff.
Editors are paid a monthly stipend. Some students work for The Star in return for college credit and others are building resumes and gaining experience. It is not necessary to be a mass communications major to work at The Star or contribute content. Content can be submitted to the managing editor for consideration.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Texas State University support The Star by providing office space and equipment. University faculty and staff also serve as advisers to the student news and advertising staff.
History - editor and president
The Star was founded in 1911 when the university was known as Southwest Texas Normal School. Student Fred W. Adams, son of the founder of Adams Extract and Spice Company, is credited with starting the Star. The paper’s most notable editor was Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th U.S. president. Johnson served as Star editor during the summers of 1928 and 1929 while completing a degree in history with a teaching certificate.
Star contact information
Faculty Adviser: Laura Krantz