When Chalkbeat Indiana called me in December 2017 to offer me a summer internship position, I cried. I was so happy.
My editor at TheStatehouseFile.com introduced me to the education news outlet during my freshman year of college after I expressed an interest in writing about education policy. She told me to check out Chalkbeat, and I’m so glad I did.
I’ve always had a passion for education, and I love the art of storytelling. Chalkbeat combines the two.
Everyone has a story — the taxpayers who are affected by a referendum, the teachers who are spending their own dollars so their students have a safe place to learn and grow, the parents who would give anything to ensure their children are receiving a quality education. These people want to be heard and be part of the conversation, and that’s why Chalkbeat is here.
As I prepare for my final year at Franklin College, I’m reflecting on what made this internship so special. The answer is simple: You. The readers. The teachers. The students. You all made this an experience I will never forget. Thank you for reading.
— Shelby Mullis, reporter
P.S. Check out one of my final stories below about Indiana’s new approach to teaching ethnic studies and how it goes beyond slavery and stereotypes.