News of Mass Communications Students

Carol Franch: Pine Needle Editor for 2006-2007

Pine Needle editor Carol Franch
Carol Franch, editor of the The Pine Needle for 2006-2007.
Carol Franch, a senior journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke from Raleigh, N.C., is editor of The Pine Needle campus newspaper for the 2006-2007 school year.

Enrolled in UNCP's Mass Communications Department in the journalism track, Franch had revealed her journalistic skills and leadership capabilities as she reported and photographed campus news stories during her earlier undergraduate years. Before receiving the editorship assignment for her senior year, she had served as reporter, photographer, news editor and photo editor for The Pine Needle.

The Pine Needle experienced exponential growth over the previous four years, according to Dr. Judy Curtis, Pine Needle faculty advisor and a professor in the Mass Communications Dept. The number of pages in the paper has grown by 50 percent. Circulation has expanded around town and at UNCP satellite campuses. The addition of an Around the Town section has brought about a closer relationship with the Pembroke community. Video news packages, podcasts and blogs have been added to the website.

Franch, who freely shares her "passion for journalism and photography" said the student newspaper has made giant strides, noting the paper's reputation has been enhanced and, in turn, the relationship between campus and town has been improved.

"I take my job seriously and professionally," Franch said. "I am setting high standards for myself as well as for others so the paper will be the best it can be."

The Student Publications Board serves as the selection committee for the newspaper editor as well as arbitrator in the event censorship pressures arise. However, the board does not attempt to provide active oversight of the day-to-day workings of The Pine Needle.

The Student Publications Board liked Franch's plan to further enhance the professional operations of the paper and fine tune the balance of coverage between campus and the surrounding town of Pembroke.

Journalism student Lisa Tyndall is managing editor for 2006-2007. She also continues in her third year as Web Editor.

This story last updated 2006 OCTOBER 25
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