About the Campus Echo
Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 17:01
All staff members can be reached using this e-mail: email@example.com or this phone number is 919.530.7116.
Matt Phillips, Editor-in-Chief
Jonathan Alexander, Assistant Editor
Ciera' Harris, Opinions
Trent Little, Sports
Alexandria Sampson, A&E Editor
Christina Allison, Online Editor
Gabriel Aikens, Photo Editor
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ABOUT THE CAMPUS ECHO
The Campus Echo is the official student newspaper of N.C. Carolina Central University. NCCU, a historically black university (HBCU). NCCU is the fastest growing of the 16 constituent member schools of the University of North Carolina System.
NCCU has been targeted as a "growth institution" by UNC and now enrolls about 9,000 students. It is located in the heart of Durham just minutes from the Research Triangle Park, a booming technology and biotechnology center.
The Campus Echo is one of the most highly recognized HBCU student newspapers in the nation. Its print and online editions have won over 150 awards from the Black College Communication Association, the Society for Professional Journalists, and the Associated Collegiate Press.
These honors include the 2004 national Mark of Excellence Award for Best Online Student Newspaper and numerous general excellence awards from the BCCA and the SPJ. In 2007 the newspaper's staff received the top honor given at NCCU, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence.
The Campus Echo Online is updated daily. The print edition, which is distributed to 30 campus locations, is published every other Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters.
The paper has published almost continuously since the founding of the school in 1910 by James E. Sheppard. It was then known as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua.
The Campus Echo is nationally known in student press law circles as having won its case against then NCCU Chancellor Albert Whiting. In 1971 Whiting suspended funding for the Campus Echo saying that the opinions of the editor, Jae Joyner, and staff did not represent the views of the majority of the University's students. See Campus Echo article about this story.
In 1973 funding was restored to the Campus when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit stated in Joyner v. Whiting that "Censorship of constitutionally-protected expression cannot be imposed by withdrawing financial support, or asserting any other form of censorship oversight based on an institutition's power of the purse."
Joyner v. Whiting has been cited repeatedly in cases in which university administrators have cut student newspaper funding to impose censorship.
Former Campus Echo staffer are employed throughout the communications industry with former students working with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the News & Observer, the Detroit Free Press, several New York Times regional newspapers, MTV, the Durham Chamber of Commerce, and more.
The Campus Echo has been adviser by Dr. Bruce dePyssler since 1999.