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The J-TAC student newspaper began regular publication in the fall of 1919. Originally called the Tarletonite, The J-TAC is Tarleton State University's official newspaper. The name comes from the acronym for "John Tarleton Agricultural College", the original name of the university. Tarleton student John H. Winters, who entered a contest to name the paper, gave the name. Winters won $5 in the contest.

The format of the weekly newspaper has remained relatively consistent throughout its lifetime, with minor changes in paper size and printing, as pagination and printing technology have changed and improved. The publication began publishing online in 2006 and in the spring of 2012, The J-TAC altered it's print schedule. The J-TAC, now called JTAC News, is a printed monthly and serves to complement a primarily online format.

Many years included an "April Fools" edition, under the masthead change "The Tacky-J" Special editions have regularly been published, including a "Best of Stephenville" edition, special sports commemorative editions and frequent advertising supplements.

The J-TAC has been the voice of Tarleton since its initial publication. Published by students for students, The J-TAC has earned a reputation of providing quality news and information that Tarleton students expect. The J-TAC is known statewide as a winner of numerous awards including "Best Overall" in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association's annual competition (TIPA).