In the early days of the pandemic, dedicated students at UTA were going above and beyond to keep the Maverick community up-to-date and entertained through UTA Radio, UTA News en Español, and The Shorthorn.
“It is an honor to be a part of the newscast, but it’s also a great responsibility,” says Paulina Fonseca, a broadcasting major who produces, anchors, and reports for UTA News en Español.
Mavericks at student-run media outlets believe they have a mission to provide high-quality news reports, while training future professional journalists and broadcasters.
Brian Lopez (’20 BA, Journalism), editor-in-chief of The Shorthorn before he graduated, says he missed the camaraderie of the newsroom, but staying operational was never in question.
“It’s not the same editing online, he says. “But The Shorthorn’s goal has always been to keep our UTA and Arlington communities informed. During these times, that has become even more vital.”
Audrey Henvey, a UTA Radio reporter with a double major in French and journalism, says student media outlets can help UTA community members maintain ties during the pandemic.
“We’re in this impactful position to continue connecting our campus even though we can’t be physically at UTA,” she says. “Hearing student voices reminds listeners that they belong to a community and keeps them engaged through this hard time.”