News of Mass Communications Students

Scott Ammons: Pine Needle Editor for 2005-2006

Scott Ammons plays soccer
On the lawn outside Old Main, home of the Pine Needle and the Mass Communications Department, editor Scott Ammons demonstrates his nose for news.
Scott Ammons, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke from Laurinburg, North Carolina, will be editor of the Pine Needle campus newspaper for the 2005-2006 school year.

Enrolled in UNCP's Mass Communications Department in two tracks – journalism and public relations – Ammons previously revealed his journalistic skills and leadership capabilities as he covered many breaking campus news stories, including a proposed football team, an NCAA challenge to the university's logo, tuition increases and parking fees, and proposed parent/faculty conferences.

In appointing Ammons, the Student Publications Board: Ammons' enthusiasm and nose for news have motivated others on the Pine Needle staff.

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

In public relations, his other academic major track, Ammons has been active in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) where he has been active in community volunteer opportunities, such as organizing Easter activities for the Boys & Girls Club in Pembroke.

In the Mass Communications Department's broadcasting arena, Ammons has volunteered many hours over three years at WNCP-TV. He has directed shows and worked in various crew positions including technical director, audio technician and camera operator. In radio, Ammons did a voice-over for a NASCAR race at Rockingham, North Carolina.

Across campus, Ammons, 32, has served as a Student Government Association (SGA) senator, student member of UNCP's Traffic Control Board, and member of the Student Fees Committee. Ammons also has taken an active role as a member of UNCP's Leadership and Service Opportunities Program (LSOP).

Earlier, Ammons worked as a service technician for Time Warner Cable at Rockingham, North Carolina; Budweiser route salesman for Dubard Distributing of Florence, South Carolina; and route salesman for the Coca Cola bottler at Hamlet, North Carolina. He also is a soccer coach in Scotland County.

This story last updated 2005 APRIL 22
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