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Nichole Shaw is currently a senior studying journalism and English on the publishing track at the University of Iowa. She is the Editorial Lead and Editor at Off-Kilter Media, an inclusive arts and culture company that houses several publications: Off-Kilter Magazine, KIZER Quarterly, The Journal, and Alphabetical Order. She also reports remotely for The New York Times Institute.

In addition to her work at OK, Nichole is 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 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 Opinions Reporter at The Daily Iowan, an independent newspaper in Iowa City produced entirely by students, from 2018 to 2019. Since then, she has 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. Today, she is the Executive Chair of the Board.

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.