A Murray State University student has recently been selected as a 2014 Roy W. Howard National Reporting Fellow.

Lexy Gross is one of nine students nationwide chosen for the program, which is sponsored by Indiana University’s School of Journalism. Gross is from Paducah, Ky., and is a junior journalism major at Murray State with a minor in political science.

The students receive an all-expense paid trip to Japan, where they will tour Japanese media and historical landmarks. Gross will leave in early May for the 10-day trip.

The other 2014 Fellows attend Marquette University, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, Brown University, Yale University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Indiana University and Hampton University.

Gross said she is excited for the opportunity to learn about another culture and experience media outside of the U.S.

“It’s such an incredible honor to be named a Roy Howard Fellow,” Gross said. “Experiencing Japanese culture and media would provide incredible insight for me in the journalism field.”

Gross thanked her family, friends, professors and co-workers for all the support they have given during the last few years. She said receiving the fellowship is something she never dreamed would happen.

Gross is editor-in-chief of The Murray State News and has worked there for a year and a half. She recently finished the USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent program and was previously an intern at The Tennessean in Nashville.

“This will be an experience I will never forget,” Gross said.

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