Meet Nick Shelton

Meet Nick Shelton, a senior journalism student at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, who has joined Tucker Publishing Group for a summer writing internship. Nick – a 2022 graduate of Gibson Southern High School in Fort Branch, Indiana – covers the sports beat for the Ball State Daily News and served as a sports and managing editor for his high school’s newspaper before that.

What types of stories are your favorite to write about, and why?

Since I started writing for my high school publication in 2019, I have always loved writing about sports. I feel like working on sports beats throughout a season allows you to build a relationship with the coaches and players. Covering men’s and women’s golf at Ball State University this past year, starting in September and ending in May, I felt like I was on a journey with the team, where I, in a way, got to experience the ups and downs of the process with them.

Why did you decide to intern at Tucker Publishing Group?

I had several internship opportunities that I was looking into throughout my last semester at Ball State, but I felt that Tucker Publishing Group was easily the most intriguing option for me. Since I was born, Evansville has always been my home, and I’ve seen Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines displayed around town for years. When I received the opportunity to work with the Tucker Publishing Group team, I wasn’t going to pass it up.

What experiences do you hope to have while working for TPG?

During my time thus far in journalism, I have had the privilege of writing numerous types of stories, from post-game sports recaps to breaking news stories to health care features. I believe that my time at TPG will see me expanding my range even further while writing for each of the publication’s magazines. By the end of this summer, I believe I will look back on my time with TPG as one of the greatest learning experiences of my young journalism career.

What high school teams do you think have the best sports rivalry in Evansville?

When I think of Southern Indiana sports, F.J. Reitz and Mater Dei come to mind as an example of a classic rivalry. As a graduate of Gibson Southern, however, I think of a rivalry that is, in my opinion, underrated: Gibson Southern and Heritage Hills. In recent years, the two schools have had a number of memorable duels due to both having some of the best football programs in the area.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?

The world has so many beautiful destinations that it’s nearly impossible to choose just one. If I had to narrow it down, however, I would choose somewhere tropical. I’m undoubtedly a warm-weather fan, which really doesn’t work out well living in Evansville during the winter. I would definitely go to a place like Puerto Rico or Grenada.

What life experience would you choose to relive, and why?

One of my favorite experiences as a kid was a trip that my family made to a small town in Tennessee called Crossville. One of my relatives had a timeshare there and wasn’t going to be able to use it that year, so they offered the time to us. I distinctly remember several of the little adventures we had and discoveries we made in Crossville. Most vividly, however, I remember that we took the trip in the middle of the fall, so we got to see all of the leaves changing colors. I’d love to relive that memory with my family.


Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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