The SOWELA Champion
The first issue (February 14, 2012) of The SOWELA Champion was a collaborative effort by students enrolled in the Business Communications course in the Spring of 2012 both ground and online, and included students from Morgan Smith. The project was facilitated by Professor P.A. Guillory, Business & Applied Technology, who started the project to help students develop communication skills through writing and interviewing, and to help students develop soft skills like being a “team player” work ethic through brainstorming ideas across academic disciplines and to develop the art and skill of critical thinking and research. Students were assigned to teams that shared similar interest, given deadlines and were required to produce manuscripts of no less than 160 words. Manuscripts were student-specific and included sections on inspiration, information, health & living, news, tips & challenges, student clubs & organizations, events and much more. There is no limit to what students may write about as long as it has a positive resolve and raises the standard.
Faculty and staff may be interviewed by a student, but may not contribute independent content. Although this newspaper originated from the Business Communications classes, every SOWELA student is invited to submit their idea or their print ready manuscript. In class, students worked in teams to develop story ideas. Initial support from Bret Downer, former columnist for American Press and Director of Marketing & Community Relations, and Erik Jessen, Graphic Arts shared ideas with students to assist with story ideas.