Shanna Kelly is the mobile applications producer, managing the Globe app and news alerts. Alongside the other members of the homepage team, she also handles breaking news, story production, social media, emails, and wires. She joined The Globe as a news producer in spring 2022. Before that, Kelly was a copy editor and fellow for a nonprofit Latin news site and a freelance editor for an English and Spanish wire service. A New Jersey native, she founded a news site in her home state, and her work covering this news desert led to her being awarded the 2021 Silurian Press Club Fellowship.
Kelly has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she launched and reported for NYC Reopens, a news site covering the city’s recovery and reemergence from the COVID-19 pandemic. Her master’s project was on a breakdown of Argentina’s 0.1 net migration rate — who’s leaving and coming, the factors that determine this, and the future implications.
Before that, she received a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University’s Honors College in journalism, Spanish, and Spanish-English translation and interpretation. Kelly graduated as the Outstanding Contributor in Journalism and was managing editor, copy editor, opinion editor, and a senior writer for The Breeze, JMU’s student newspaper. The three years she was an editor, the newspaper was awarded the best mid-sized, non-daily newspaper in Virginia by the Virginia Press Association. She completed her Honors College thesis on CNN and NBC immigration coverage, comparing network versus cable news coverage.
Kelly has studied in Spain three times and loves learning about other cultures, countries, and languages — her latest being Korean. Her Spanish language studies led her to teaching at a school in Salamanca, Spain, and a dual-language school in Harrisonburg, Va.