The Department of Mass Communication is located in Old Main, the oldest brick building on campus and the building with columns known as the most recognizable symbol of UNCP.
- On the first floor are our television station, WNCP-TV, studio, control room, editing suites and faculty offices.
- On the second floor are the Mass Communication department office, classrooms, faculty offices, and The Pine Needle student newspaper.
Old Main is on the southeast corner of campus (Number 1 on the campus map).
The Department office is Old Main, room 247.
The Reading Room in Old Main, room 247 offers Mass Communication students a facility where they find, study and prepare class and research materials. In addition to printed references, students have access to information on videotape, CD-ROM and the Internet. Reading Room resources encompass broadcasting, journalism, public relations, mass communication, media and popular culture, advertising, videography, photojournalism, telecommunications, and opinion polling. The room has computers linked to relevant Web resources to help students conduct research online. It has links to radio-television broadcasters, professional journalism organizations, online magazines, national and international newspapers, and public relations organizations.
The Pine Needle is a learning laboratory for the journalism side of our department. The newspaper is advised by Dr. Tony Curtis and Dr. Judy Curtis who integrate the publication into the preparation we offer mass communication students for careers in all forms of mass media journalism. Mass Comm majors and non-majors work side-by-side to earn academic credit for writing, editing, designing and publishing the newspaper in print 14 times a year with 20 to 32 pages in two sections in each issue. The newspaper also is published online with a website, podcasts, and video news reports. The paper has won numerous national and North Carolina awards, including first place five years in a row from the American Scholastic Press Association in their annual newspaper competition among all universities with more than 2,500 students. The newspaper office is Old Main, room 253.
WNCP-TV also is a learning laboratory, for our broadcasting students. The station provides hands-on experiences so students can acquire and hone technical skills and put theory into practice. Local origination programming is produced by our students and faculty in class and as part of department extracurricular productions. WNCP-TV programs serve regional audiences via our cable channel and other distribution. Student broadcasters are guided by Professors Dr. Jamie Litty, Terence Dollard, and Dr. Jason Hutchens. Studio, control room, and editing suites are on the first floor of Old Main.
WNCP Radio, The Hawk is another learning laboratory, for our broadcasting students. The station streams music, talk and sports around the clock, providing hands-on experiences so students can learn and grow their technical skills and put theory into practice. Student broadcasters are guided by Professor Dr. Jamie Litty. The control room is on the first floor of Old Main.
The Indianhead, the University's student yearbook, is another learning laboratory of the Department. Students interested in book-length publications gain writing, editing and photography experience. It is advised by Sara Oswald. The office is on the second floor of the University Center Annex.
Students in our chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America conduct their business in Old Main. The professional organization cultivates a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and public relations professionals. Our chapter is one of ten chapters on North Carolina university campuses and one of some 270 chapters on college campuses across the country. PRSSA is advised by Professor George Harrison.