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EIU student earns exclusive IBA multicultural internship


[Kaitlyn Will contributed to this article]

(Charleston, IL) – Eastern Illinois University student Lydia Shaw was recently selected for an internship position in the Illinois Broadcasting Association’s Multicultural Internship Program. Shaw, a junior from Chicago, is studying communication with a concentration in broadcast news and minoring in public relations at EIU.

The nationally recognized and highly competitive IBA internship program selected only six state finalists to receive paid summer internships this year. According to the IBA website, selected students are “the cream of the crop.” As an IBA intern, Shaw will work in Chicago at the WGN-TV 9 news station while being monitored and mentored by the program’s coordinator. She also will receive a stipend through IBA’s sponsor station.

“This will be a great opportunity for me to learn more about news and provide me with the tools I need to be successful in such a hard-working field,” Shaw said. “Doing it all in my hometown just makes this experience more rewarding.”

Past IBA interns include “ABC-7 News This Morning” anchor Judy Hsu and ABC News correspondent Steve Osunsami.

EIU’s newly realigned School of Communication and Journalism has been the launching point for several famous and award-winning journalists and broadcasters. The Journalism Department is committed to promoting excellence in learning by encouraging students to become skillful communicators, critical thinkers, knowledgeable media consumers and users, and ethical leaders capable of understanding and protecting the democratic process.

For more information about the program, visit the IBA website at For more information about EIU, or to learn more about its growing assortment of programs and services, visit the university’s website at, or call EIU’s public information office at (217) 581-7400.



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