The Art of Audio Storytelling

Nichole Shaw is a person who thrives off interpersonal communication. While written storytelling is her forte, she does not limit herself to one medium. Podcasting has become a way for her to tell stories that demand audio to fully understand and connect to the story being told.


A Quill and Scroll podcast for high school journalists around the world, hosted by Nichole Shaw. Listen along to learn about scholastic journalism and its intersection with politics, economics, sports, lifestyle, and culture. You’ll hear from some of the biggest names in the journalism industry.

Nichole Shaw interviewed Jia Tolentino, a staff writer at The New Yorker and visiting writer in residence for the Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing at the University of Iowa. They talked about the internet as an engine of self-delusion, journalism as an excuse to see something from the inside, music that makes you think, the power of young minds, and Tolentino’s work on the #MeToo Movement. Nichole’s favorite part: discussing the greatness that is Cheer Netflix, as both Jia and Nichole are cheer veterans. Listen below for the newest episode of THE SOURCE, a Quill and Scroll Honor Society for High School Journalists podcast.

Nichole Shaw sits down with author Michael Zapata to talk about the writing process, the value of storytelling, the importance of listening and the role that journalists can play in our strange new world. Zapata is the author of “The Lost Book of Adana Moreau” and is a former English teacher.

THE SOURCE welcomes Kai Wright, author and host of WNYC’s “The United States of Anxiety,” about podcasting, racism in the U.S., his high school journalism career and so much more. Wright tells Q&S host Nichole Shaw riveting stories about his experiences as a podcaster at New York Public Radio, engaging with people across the nation to discuss what it means to be an American in today’s social, political and economic climate. Listen above to find out more from this award-winning journalist!

Quill and Scroll host Nichole Shaw speaks with award-winning photojournalist Barbara Kinney about what life was like as one of the White House photographers during the Clinton Administration and a campaign photographer for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Together, they discuss the photojournalism industry—alongside Barbara’s career and the progress of women over the last five years—and advice for budding photojournalists on how to get their career started.

Kinney’s photograph of President Clinton and the leaders of the Middle East straightening their ties before an event won her a First Place for “People in the News” in the prestigious World Press Photo competition. The photo was on display in the exhibit “Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography” at the Newseum in Washington D-C. Her work at large has appeared on the covers of TIME, Newsweek, People, and more.

In late February 2019, Nichole Shaw had the chance to meet with two siblings — two of scholastic journalism’s best friends, John and Mary Beth Tinker. The names should ring a bell. The Tinkers, along with John’s friend Christopher Eckhardt, in 1965 were suspended from their Des Moines, Iowa schools because they wanted to protest the Vietnam War. They proposed wearing black armbands emblazoned with a peace symbol. With the help of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union, they sued the school district. The case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, where in February 1969 the justices ruled in favor of the Tinkers.

The “Tinker Case” has forever burned in our minds the sentence: “Students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

Host Nichole Shaw sat down with Ron Stallworth, whose real-life story inspired Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated movie “BlacKkKlansman,” to speak about initiative, going undercover as a cop and as a journalist, and the racial divide we see tearing at the seams of our country.