Digital Winter

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By now most students are nestled all snug in their permanent addresses.

But The Texan is firing on all cylinders. After ending the semester with a moving multimedia piece on the challenges facing military veteran students, a saucy look at the university’s palm tree expenditures (you read that right) and a deeply reported series on football concussions, our coverage has moved exclusively online for winter break.

Rather than a break, this week is becoming a showcase for our digital student journalism. It started over the weekend, when reporters from news and sports collaborated to swarm the story of football coach Mack Brown’s resignation. On Wednesday, when UT President William Powers Jr. testified before a legislative committee on his relationship with the board of regents, beat reporter Madlin Mekelburg’s coverage was augmented with a livestream video, thanks to a big assist from TSTV superhero Ian Reese.

This weekend, we’ve got a team on the ground in Seattle providing wall-to-wall coverage of the Longhorns attempt to repeat a national volleyball championship. Fans can get a deeper look at the team’s journey by following the work from Evan Berkowitz and Charlie Pearce.

The volleyball coverage is especially noteworthy: It shows the strength of an important new asset, our alumni network. When I put out last-minute word to the Friends of the Texan, we were swamped with crash pad offers (all set now, thanks).

Big things are in store for next semester. Consider this a preview.

Happy holidays, and hook ‘em.