November 22, 2004

Rhode Island statewide qualifier spelling bees underway

Providence, RI - Individual school spelling bees for students in grades four through eight are underway throughout Rhode Island, as spellers compete for a berth in The Providence Journal's Rhode Island Statewide Spelling Bee.

To qualify, participating students from public, parochial, private, charter and home schools must advance through classroom, school building, and regional levels before competing in the statewide competition scheduled for March 5, 2005 at the University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus. The annual statewide bee is sponsored by The Providence Journal with community partner Cardi's Furniture, media partner Cox Communications and in cooperation with the Rhode Island Association of School Principals.

The winner of the March 5th state competition will advance to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in June 2004. The Providence Journal will finance the winner's trip to the nationals.

Teachers interested in participation guidelines and eligibility can call The Providence Journal Promotion Department at 401.277.7637.

About The Providence Journal
The Providence Journal is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation s largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,600 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates media franchises in some of America s most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 15 markets); owns or operates seven cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo s daily newspapers include The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Texas). Belo operates more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases and corporate communications, is available online at www.belo.com. For more information, contact The Providence Journal Promotion Department at 401.277.7637.