DI Community Chat: Honoring Black Journalists

Award-winning newspaper The Daily Iowan invited me to be a panelist in their Community Chat, a series aimed at bringing the community in to conversations on sensitive issues covered in media.

In this community chat, I chronicled my career thus far in the journalism field and media publishing at large.

My passion for storytelling is devoted to giving voice to the voiceless, especially as it concerns Black and Brown communities and the systemic issues they face.

Other panelists I had the privilege of sharing space with was Maudlyne Ihejirika, an award-winning journalist who pens the Chicago Sun-Times Chronicles column, spotlighting Black and Brown communities, and Joshua Housing, an Associated Press news associate and photojournalist.

Iowa Journalist Podcast

Nichole Shaw is a graduating senior at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communications. On this episode of the Iowa Journalist, Shaw discusses her role as a peer mentor, work with the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, and advice for students. — Jack Martin, Iowa Journalist podcast host

In this podcast, I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker and give a broad overview of the various work I do (with an explanation of how I got there), while simultaneously embedding nuggets of advice for other journalism students looking to gain experience.

Listen here.

Writers of Color Reading Series

Seeking to create a dedicated space for Iowa-based Black, Indigineous, and other writers of color who were undergraduates, MFAs, or long-term residents, The Englert Theatre transitioned the Writers of Color Reading Series to a podcast format. Episodes feature writers of color who share a reading of their work and an interview about their personal history and creative process.

In this episode, I speak with podcast host Jesus “Chuy” Renteria about my process and why I’m devoted to the practice of storytelling. At the end, I share a personal essay I wrote on embracing my Black identity as a woman through painful experiences of racism and microagressions.