University newspaper provides students with valuable experience

12 Aug

This is one of many articles from our Parent’s Newsletter, sent three times a year to parents of new and returning SFA students. To sign up to receive the newsletter, please click here. 

By Pat Spence, Director of Student Publications

The Pine Log is the independent student voice of Stephen F. Austin State University and has been the student newspaper since 1924, the year after the university was established. Originally a part of the academic curriculum, it is now under the umbrella of the Department of Student Publications and functions as an independent publication.

It is published twice weekly during the fall and spring semesters and boasts a staff of between 25 and 40 students. Each Monday and Thursday 7,000 copies of The Pine Log are distributed free to the campus community.

Student Publications also manages a website,, which houses all the newspaper’s articles, and features breaking campus news.

The Pine Log is run by a student editorial board that makes all decisions regarding the content and editorial stance of the newspaper. Students who work on The Pine Log are from various majors and classifications. They work as editors, reporters, graphic artists, photographers, webmasters and advertising representatives.

The publication is supported by advertising revenue generated by its student advertising manager and representatives. Through the department’s internship program, students can earn academic credit while gaining valuable real-world experience.

If a student is interested in working for Student Publications, they can visit the offices in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 2.308 to inquire about opportunities.


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