ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen Journal recently welcomed Rachel Horrell to its staff as a summer intern in the newsroom.
“We are excited about Rachel wanting to learn the job with us,” said W. Curt Vincent, general manager and editor of the newspaper. “She has already shown a great deal of enthusiasm and willingness to learn — and I think she will have some interesting story ideas going forward.”
Horrell is a rising junior at East Bladen High after spending a year attending Apex High School in Cary. Prior to that, she attended Harrells Christian Academy kindergarten through the ninth grade.
“I recently had a really great English teacher and thought journalism would be a cool career,” Horrell said. “I also enjoy photography, so both of those things can be combined here.
“I’m hoping to be able to get a better idea of how a newspaper works and see if this is really what I want to do,” she added.
Horrell’s main interest is writing community news, though she plans to get experience in other areas this summer.
“I’m not into the pop culture type of stuff,” she said. “So I guess I lean more towards the important news writing.”
After graduation from high school, Horrell hopes to attend The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursue a master’s degree in journalism before starting her career.
She is the daughter of Carey and Rebekah Horrell, and her family is affiliated with the Barnes Food Company business in White Lake.
Horrell can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 during regular business hours.