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Wade Allen: Pine Needle Editor for 2009-2010

Pine Needle editor Wade Allen
The Pine Needle Managing Editor Wade Allen congratulates North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue less than an hour after her inauguration on Jan. 10, 2009, as North Carolina's first female governor.
Wade Allen, a junior majoring in mass communication from Rutherfordton, N.C., has been named Editor of The Pine Needle student newspaper for 2009-2010.

The Student Publications Board announced the selection April 13.

Well prepared
Allen's academic program includes dual concentrations in journalism and broadcasting.

This year he has been managing editor of The Pine Needle. The editor for 2008-2009 has been Christian Felkl from Raleigh, N.C. Felkl graduates in May.

Big changes
"I am very pleased that Wade was selected by the UNCP Student Publications Board," said Dr. Judy Curtis, faculty adviser to the newspaper and associate professor of mass communication.

"The newspaper has undergone tremendous growth this year," Dr. Curtis said. "It reached 28 pages at one point. As part of the paper, we've consistently had an 8 to 12 page sports section when only a short while ago the entire paper was a mere eight pages."

New media
Allen also was Twitter editor this year.

The paper added a Facebook page and a MySpace page. It already had incorporated video news packages and a blog on its website.

Campus leader
The journalism professor pointed out that Allen had interviewed all of the visiting Distinguished Speakers this year and covered cultural events at the Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC).

In fact, Allen is a member of the Distinguished Speaker Selection Committee and has just been appointed to the GPAC board.

He is a member of the Friends of the Library and will serve as student representative to the FOL board next year.

He also serves on the Campus Judicial Board.

High standards
"I believe in hard work, honesty and forthrightness," Allen told the Student Publications Board. "Above all, I believe in encouraging staff members to do their best and rewarding their excellent output."

Allen received a congratulatory e-mail from Sen. David Weinstein (D) Hoke and Robeson Counties that said, "Let me add my congratulations on reaching the highest position for a student journalist at UNCP."

Posted: 2009 MAY 31
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