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Nichole Shaw is a 2021 University of Iowa graduate with a B.A. journalism and English on the publishing track at the University of Iowa. During her time there, she earned university honors and honors in the major with distinction.

Nichole currently reports on the metropolitan news desk for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is the current print editorial lead for The Off-Kilter Times, as well as the editor for Off-Kilter Media, an inclusive arts and culture company that houses several sections: Off-Kilter, KIZER, Margeaux, bellyache, about us, and Alphabetical Order. She also is a remote contributing columnist for The Gazette as an insights fellow.

The New York Times SJI reporter is a prestigious title Nichole held for spring 2021, working with a special cohort of reporters to produce a multimedia package reflecting on the topics of race and police killings one year after George Floyd’s murder.

In addition to her current work, Nichole was the executive editor of VERVE Magazine, a digital magazine which exists between the space of newspaper journalism, creative arts and culture. Nichole also accepted the role of co-editor at NURU in the summer of 2020, which she finished serving as in the spring of 2021, to foster a partnership between NURU and The Daily Iowan in order to maximize inclusion, diversity, and equity for BIPOC and POC reporters. NURU is a publication at the University of Iowa supported by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Nichole held the position of columnist at The Daily Iowan, an independent newspaper in Iowa City produced entirely by students, from 2018 to 2019. Since then, she left the paper to pursue her magazine work and instead became a member of The Daily Iowan’s Board of Trustees, SPI Board, serving as the only current student with that position. She finished out her last year on the board as the executive chairperson from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021.

She was also the communications director at Quill and Scroll, an international honor society for high school journalists, where she managed communications, web design, magazine production, and hosted their bi-weekly podcast THE SOURCE.

In all these positions, her mission has been to tell the stories of voices that often go unheard or ignored in mainstream media.