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Founded in 1947 at
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 the American Scholastic Press Association awarded The Pine Needle first place in their annual newspaper competition among all universities with more than 2,500 students. The first place award in 2013 was "with special merit" for outstanding content and design. The honor ranked the paper among the best in the United States for the fifth year in a row.
The ASPA gave an additional award to the newspaper, Best Sports Section, making the paper a double award winner for 2009. In 2011, The Pine Needle also received ASPA awards for feature writing and news writing. In 2012, ASPA awarded outstanding sports coverage to The Pine Needle, again making the paper a multiple award winner. In 2013, The Pine Needle also was awarded Outstanding Story – Non-School Related by the ASPA.
In 2010, the North Carolina College Media Association awarded The Pine Needle Best of Show for Online News Site. The NCCMA made other awards to The Pine Needle in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including another award for online news and an award for infographics.
The Pine Needle has received 17 awards in the last five years.
The staff is proud of the fact that theirs is among the best student newspapers in the U.S.
The Pine Needle
The Pine Needle was founded in 1947. At that time, the school was known as Pembroke State College for Indians. In 1949, the school was renamed Pembroke State College. The school was opened to all qualified applicants without regard to race in 1954. It became Pembroke State University in 1969 and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1996. UNCP History
The Pine Needle was associated with the university's Department of Communicative Arts until 1998 when the elements of that department were redistributed. Journalism moved into the new Department of Mass Communications and The Pine Needle went with it.
Today, the newspaper is advised by a member of the Mass Communications faculty, Dr. Judy Curtis, who integrates the publication into the preparation offered mass communication students for careers in newspaper journalism, print media, and Internet media. In fact, The Pine Needle provides an active journalism learning laboratory for students. Majors and non-majors work side-by-side to earn academic credit for writing, editing, designing and publishing the newspaper 14 times a year with 20 to 28 pages in two sections in each issue.
The Pine Needle began publishing an online edition in 2003. Dr. Anthony Curtis of the Mass Communications Department faculty advises the editors about the convergence of print and online media as they publish the Web and electronic versions of The Pine Needle.
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