Newhouse junior selected for Bustle diversity internship

May 7, 2019
Shannon Stubbs
Shannon Stubbs, a junior in the magazine, newspaper and digital journalism program, is first student to receive the Bustle diversity internship.

Shannon Stubbs, a junior in the magazine, newspaper and digital journalism (MND) program, has been selected for an internship created via a partnership between the Newhouse School and Bustle Digital Group to provide opportunities in publishing for students of color. The internship begins June 3 at the Bustle offices in New York City.

"I'll be writing for the website, which is really exciting," Stubbs says. "Not a lot of internships have you writing every day."

The Bustle internship is one of three such opportunities initiated in recent years by the Newhouse School and various partners geared toward increasing diversity in newsrooms. MND chair Melissa Chessher has worked with Lisa Arbetter '89, editor of Olivela and former editor-in-chief of People Stylewatch, and Cheryl Brody Franklin '04, director of Newhouse NYC, to create similar partnerships with media companies Time, Inc. and LinkedIn.

"The lack of diversity in newsrooms and editorial offices is an old, persistent, big problem," says Chessher. "We have a lot of talented students of color, and I want them to see themselves reflected in the reporters, writers and editors shaping what we see and read, and I want them to know media and Newhouse value them and need them."

When asked about what she'd like to do in the future, Stubbs is enthusiastic about the opportunities open to her. "I like both digital and print. I like writing about beauty, entertainment, music. I have a lot of areas I'd like to go into."