The Cobbler


The Cobbler is the newspaper of William Carey University. With roots back in the 1920s, The Cobbler has evolved from its early days as The Scissors, the newspaper of then-Mississippi Woman's College, and received its current name in the early 1950s as the university transitioned to then-William Carey College. The rich heritage of the newspaper continues with a bright future. The Cobbler publishes eight editions a year, with five editions published in a tabloid print format and three editions published exclusively online. In addition, the newspaper maintains a social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter and has embraced the emergence of journalism's digital era.

The Name

The Cobbler name is a tribute to university namesake William Carey's humble profession of cobbler, or a person who repairs shoes. Carey served as a cobbler before his days in the mission field. The name serves as a reminder of Carey's humble roots and how God can empower the humble to do great things for Him.


The Cobbler is a student-run publication with a staff of 15-20 students of various majors. The current editor-in-chief is Christopher Hobdy, who took office in September 2013. Hobdy directs the daily operations and sets the editorial tone for the newspaper. For available staff opportunities and other ways to get involved with the newspaper, write Hobdy at

Providing faculty guidance and support for the staff is Dr. Marilyn Ellzey, faculty advisor and assistant professor of mass communication. Dr. Ellzey can be contacted at

Joshua Wilson ('12), editor-in-chief from 2010-2013, staff editor and WCU marketing specialist, is the contact for advertising inquiries. Contact Wilson at

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