News Publications

COMM 1129, 1130, 2129, 2130

Updated January 05, 2011

  • State Approval Code: 0901025106
  • Semester Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 80

Catalog Description

Work on the staff of the College newspaper. Students work at prescribed periods under supervision. Students are required to be on the staff of The Pony Express. (0904015406)

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communications choices.
  • To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e. descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To understand and apply basic principles of proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news 4 media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

  • To practice and improve skills in journalistic writing, editing, design, layout and photography.
  •  To develop interpersonal skills in communicating with faculty, staff and students to obtain stories for publication.

Specific Course Objectives

  • To survey campus activities in order to identify worthy story ideas.
  • To develop the ability to formulate appropriate interview questions.
  • To write a clear, concise news or feature story.
  • To develop and continuously improve journalistic writing style.
  • To develop computer skills in communication software.
  • To learn to proofread and edit a publication.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Students in News Publications will be required to work on the campus newspaper, assist with updating the online communications, including the photo gallery and be available to cover campus activities and events.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

The course is offered in the traditional classroom and as a TBA so that students will be available to cover campus activities when they occur, i.e., evening basketball games or theatrical events.


Instructor will assess students’ work, and students will do rewrites as needed. Students will compile an end-of-semester portfolio of their work.
Course grade will be established based on attendance, participation, a minimum of eight articles written for the newspaper and additional work assigned in either photography, layout, advertising, editing or proofreading.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Associated Press Stylebook