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Rebecca Neal

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Neal is one of seven reporters, two photographers, and three designers who will publish the newspaper during the convention. The newspaper will be distributed each morning to about 1,000 professional journalists, educators and students who will be attending the SPJ convention.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2003) -- Rebecca Neal, a junior in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, has been selected as one of 12 students nationwide to report for The Working Press, the official newspaper at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) convention in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 11-13.

Neal is one of seven reporters, two photographers, and three designers who will publish the newspaper during the convention. The newspaper will be distributed each morning to about 1,000 professional journalists, educators and students who will be attending the SPJ convention.

SPJ will pay Neal’s convention registration, hotel costs, and other convention-related expenses for her newspaper work. The Bluegrass chapter of the SPJ is paying Neal’s airfare to Tampa.

Neal will be the 2003-2004 assistant news editor of the Kentucky Kernel, UK’s independent daily student newspaper. She has served journalism internships with the Advocate-Messenger newspaper in Danville, Ky., WKYT-TV and WTVQ-TV in Lexington, and WUKY-FM, the UK public broadcasting radio station.

A 2001 graduate of East Jessamine High School, Neal is the daughter of Daniel and Nancy Neal of Nicholasville.


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