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SPJ names The Working Press staff for the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference


For immediate release

Andrew M. Scott, Communications Coordinator, 317-927-8000 ext. 215,

INDIANAPOLIS The Society of Professional Journalists is excited to announce the 2011 staff of The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper that covers the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference. This year, a team of 12 highly motivated collegiate journalists will be in New Orleans finding stories, taking photos and designing the paper. Professional advisers during their 4-day internship include Ben Kelly, The Clarion-Ledger (Miss.), Reggie Stuart, the McClatchy Company, Jennifer Jenkins,, Rich Holden, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Darlene Superville, The Associated Press, and Nikki Villoria, Greenspun Media Group.

The selected interns are:

Copy Editors
Hannah Birch, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Matthew Bastible, University of Texas at Arlington

Page Designers
Laura Garcia, San Antonio College
Torrie Hardcastle, University of Texas Austin
Blake Lipthratt, University of Georgia

Carrie Ellison, Northwest College
Corinne Chin, Northwestern University

Olivia Ingle, Butler University
Jordain Carney, University of Arkansas
Ashley Carnifax, University of Florida
Diana Elbasha, University of Maryland
Mary Barczak, Western Kentucky University

Congratulations, Working Press staff!

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