On Saturday, October 16th, The Texas Horn accepted the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Collegiate Network’s award for Best New Media. ISI gives this award to the newest publication that they think is the best out of the approximate 100 college newspapers they support around the country. Our Editor-In-Chief Chris Schlak and Content Editor Jackson Paul accepted the award in DC for the annual CN Editor’s conference.
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this achievement possible. First, let’s start with everyone on the editorial staff who has worked tirelessly since the launch of our paper seven months ago on Texas Independence Day. Thank you guys for your hard work; whether it be fixing typos or redesigning our newsletter, you make The Texas Horn the quality publication that it is. We would also like to thank our writers, particularly our correspondents, for their hard work and consistency. A paper is nothing without its reporting, and you work hard to provide us with the scoops, interviews, and analyses we need to keep our readers informed and engaged. We also wish to express our gratitude to the Young Conservatives of Texas state board and chapter at UT for reaching out to ISI and giving us the opportunity to start The Horn, and of course, for their help with our recruitment and promotion. Finally, we would especially like to thank ISI, who has generously provided logistical support and publicity to The Horn from the very beginning.
But, most importantly, we would like to thank you, the readers. In a world awash with conservative news and opinion, you guys decided to take a chance on us — a fledgling newspaper that’s run by a handful of college students. We are indescribably grateful for all of y’all, and we hope you will stay with us as we continue this journey on our preponderantly liberal campus.
Since our launch, The Horn has had a wild seven months. We broke a pro-life story that got picked up by the Daily Wire. We covered politicians everywhere from the Austin city council to the Texas governor’s race, interviewed our university president Jay Hartzell, and started a podcast. Not to mention that we were ahead of the curve on realizing the gravity of the situation in Afghanistan. We also hosted a friendly debate over free markets, had a month where one of our editors exclusively wrote about Israel, and we took a deep dive into UT history. And you can rest assured that the UT administration is very much aware of us and continues to monitor our work. Despite the slight pushback, we cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for us.
Finally, for those interested in the work done by ISI, we encourage you to visit their website. They do a lot of good work supporting conservative journalism on campus, and you should check out some of their other student publications. We already have a lot of history behind us, but that is nothing compared to what we believe lies ahead. Buckle up, y’all, because the ride has just begun.
The Editorial Board
Editor-In-Chief’s Note: Seven months ago, I felt like an impostor. With no experience in editing or WordPress, my team and I were stumbling in the dark. None of us imagined or even believed that The Texas Horn could become what it is today. Yet, by the grace of God and enough helping hands, we did it. What seemed to us a pipe dream became a reality. Thank you.