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Marissa Stubbs is chosen as the First Rhoden Fellow from FAMU

October 29, 2020
By Sterling Bright

Marissa StubbsFor years the Rhoden Fellows Initiative has been a distinguished training program for the next surge of sports journalists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This year Florida A&M University’s own Marissa Stubbs was chosen to be a Rhoden Fellow where she will intern with ESPN and The Undefeated. Stubbs is a Junior Broadcast Journalism student from St. Petersburg, Florida and since arriving at FAMU has hit the ground running. During the program, Stubbs will cover FAMU Athletics and produce content for The Undefeated.

“My Sophomore year I applied for this fellowship but got denied. Knowing what I had to do to get it and seeing where I was that’s what helped me work harder. My junior year I came in and wrote stories, interviewed coaches and players, wrote for the Famuan and shaped my craft around that,” said Stubbs.

Stubbs is making history this year as she is the first student from FAMU to be chosen for this program. Along with Stubbs she will work alongside five other students from HBCU’s across the country. Also, with producing and writing stories, the fellows also produce a bi-weekly podcast where Stubbs had the opportunity to host and produce an episode that can be found on The Undefeated and ESPN website.

Stubbs was selected as a fellow in March, however due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the program was altered and thus the students were unable to be at The Undefeated headquarters in New York City.

Marissa StubbsThis program will heighten the reporting skills that Stubbs has accumulated during her time at FAMU and give her the necessary experience to become a successful sports journalist. The fellows are all assigned an editor at The Undefeated, which help the students improve on their writing and reporting skills. However, Stubbs is not new to the realm of sports reporting.

“I always knew I wanted to go into the media industry. Coming into college I didn’t where I wanted to hone my craft in. I was always interested in sports and I joined The Playmakers sophomore year and that’s when I realized, this is what I really want to do,” Stubbs said.

Since arriving at FAMU, Stubbs has been the sports editor for The Famuan, a personality for WAMN 90.5’s sports talk show The Playmakers, a Sirius XM reporter and a reporter for FAMU TV20 at five. As she stated anything sports related at FAMU she wants to be apart of. As a former volleyball player herself, she also understands that she has to immerse herself in sports culture and understand various sports so that she is ready for any opportunity.

For Stubbs she plans to be a sports reporter and then a renowned sports analyst. For her this opportunity as a Rhoden Fellow is opening doors to various connections and hopefully opening a path for her post-graduation. For Stubbs fellow sports reporters such as Maria Taylor and Robin Roberts are an inspiration. She sees ESPN and The Undefeated as somewhere she could be past her time at FAMU but, if she is not at ESPN her voice and words will still be heard through sports culture just as other prominent women before her.