Julia Shanahan covers the changing nature of public services for the Rappahannock News and Foothills Forum in Washington, Virginia. A 2021 graduate of the University of Iowa with bachelor degrees in journalism and political science, Shanahan was the politics editor at The Daily Iowan, the student-run paper. It was named the Iowa Newspaper Association's Newspaper of the Year in 2020 and 2021, with Shanahan earning awards for her reporting. She was a finalist for national Reporter of the Year from the Associated Collegiate Press in 2020, and has interned with the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents' Association. Shanahan, of Naperville, Illinois, hopes to one day report from the White House.
News desert? Check. The weekly News is the lone legitimate mainstream print/online outlet. The Rappahannock News has served the 7,300 residents of rural Rappahannock County, Va., since 1949. Its parent company is owned by a group of community investors.
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