MILWAUKEE – Marissa Evans, a senior student at Marquette University, was named the 2013 Student Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. Evans, from El Cajon, Calif., will be recognized for her achievements this summer at the NABJ’s 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando. She will graduate from Marquette this week with a journalism degree and minors in political science and entrepreneurship.
“I’m humbled and blessed to know that NABJ, an organization I love and care about so much, has faith in me and the work I’ve been striving to do as a young journalist,” Evans said in a release from NABJ. “I’m excited to continue serving the organization and hope to inspire the next generation of journalists coming behind me.”
Evans is the founder and president of the student NABJ chapter at Marquette University, the only student chapter in Wisconsin, as well as the founder of InHue magazine, an online publication focused on health issues that impact people of color. This past April, she organized the NABJ Midwest Journalism Summit, hosted at Marquette University, which gathered journalists and students from around the region.
Knowing the value of mentorship and community, Evans founded the Marquette chapter to help others. “I thought a NABJ chapter at Marquette would add voices to the core of storytellers already on campus,” Evans said. “I’m thankful for the professional and personal mentors I’ve gained and that I was able to support other students through the Marquette chapter.”
Evans has completed a number of internships at publications across the country, including The Washington Post, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Star Tribune and U-T San Diego. She also was a multimedia intern for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and is completing a social media web writing internship in the Office of Marketing and Communication at Marquette University. She is an alumnus of the Online News Association student newsroom and the New York Times Student Journalism Institute and will be a metro reporter intern at the Seattle Times this summer.