Village Free Press Welcomes New Intern Marshelle Sanders

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Marshell headshotWednesday, May 24, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

I’m pleased to welcome Marshelle Sanders to the Village Free Press team. Sanders, a longtime resident of Bellwood, will be the first person to go through our community journalism internship. She’ll be with us for roughly a month, during which time she’ll be assigned to cover her hometown.

Sanders will attend Bellwood village board meetings, meet with the village’s leading community personalities and officials, and talk to its residents and stakeholders for numerous story ideas. In short, she’ll be immersed in the fabric of that town’s life in order to depict the depth and breadth of the town’s humanity.

Sanders’ completion of this internship with VFP is one of the final requirements in her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in communication from Governors State University. Prior to Governors, she attended Triton College, where she received an associate’s degree in mass communication.

At Triton, she was founder and president of the Music and Media Club. She also hosts her own radio show at Triton College’s radio station, 88.9 FM WRRG. At Governors, Sanders wrote for the college’s newspaper. She’s also contributed to Ever Evolved, an music entertainment blog, and the Chicago Defender newspaper.

Sanders was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, but currently lives in Bellwood, where she attended Lincoln Elementary and Roosevelt Junior High School. She’s a graduate of Proviso West High School.

In her spare time, Sanders loves volunteering with organizations like the Glass Slipper Project, and going to performances. She also likes catching up on some of her favorite TV shows (“Shameless,” “Power,” and “Empire” to name a few), and hanging out with family and friends.

If you have a story idea or news tip for Sanders, email it to with Marshelle Sanders as the subject line and we’ll make sure she gets it.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Village Free Press intern or learning more about a new community journalism fellowship program that we’re working on, email

According to 2016 data from the American Society of News Editors, “Hispanic, black and Asian women make up less than 5 percent of newsroom personnel at traditional print and online news publications,” NPR reported recently.

Village Free Press is committed to expanding opportunities for aspiring journalists who are women and/or minorities. We’re also dedicated to expanding opportunities for aspiring journalists of any ethnic, racial or gender persuasion who want to cover news in their hometowns. VFP

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5 thoughts on “Village Free Press Welcomes New Intern Marshelle Sanders”

  1. Congratulations Marshelle! Enjoy every moment of the internship with The Village Free Press.

  2. Michael, Good show! Marshelle reached out to me several years back to become involved with youth mentoring. At the present time, there is a need for someone with her skill base to help assemble the “safe summer” activities being offered throughout Maywood….–which of course could be published in the VFP. Trustee Isiah Brandon is coordinating this effort and I’m sure would welcome her help. I am available to help assemble the items and proof-read! Could this be a win-win?!

  3. Congrats to Marshelle. Even greater Congrats to Michael Romaine for instituting this sensible and meaningful internship. As a Bellwood resident and long-time journalist, I applaud this initiative and would make myself available to assist Marshelle in whatever capacity I could. Thanks again, Michael.

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