The newspaper is editorially independent and is not censored by faculty or administration nor is it reviewed prior to publication. The university administration has had a long standing policy of not interfering with The Wichitan's right to publish freely.
Majors and non-majors are welcome. In addition to traditional writing, reporting, and editing work, students are hired for photography, graphics, layout/design, advertising, and circulation. Student editor pay is ranked among the top five percent nationally.
In 2004, the newspaper was selected by the Associated Collegiate Press as one of the top 100 college newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. It consistently garners honors at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. In 2009, the paper received first place in overall excellence, as well as in the categories of feature writing, news feature writing, news story, editorial, critical review, photo illustration, news photo, and sports feature story.
Past Wichitan editors and reporters have graduated and enjoyed careers in writing/reporting, advertising, marketing, production, photography, graphics/design, and teaching. Some have also completed graduate programs and law school.