Featured Professional: Nick Clayton by Bill Gentile
WASHINGTON, DC, 31 October 2011 - I came to know Nick Clayton in Spring 2009, his final semester at American University. Nick graduated with a double major in Foreign Language and Communications Media (French and Visual Media) and Russian Studies. I got to know him because he took both my Foreign Correspondence and Backpack Documentary classes in his final semester, an experience that he recently termed, “a great training for pushing off into the world of freelancing a month after completing the courses.”
I built both courses to fit the specific needs of students enrolled in them, to help them ease their way into their respective fields and areas of interest. Nick came to my classes with a solid foundation in print journalism, having freelanced for the Topeka Capital-Journal (TCJ) since the age of 15. He later did a series of internships through high school at the TCJ, then during his university years at the Washington Diplomat and Voice of America.
After graduating he traveled to the Caucasus, where he submitted multimedia pieces to the Washington Times and print articles to the Asia Times, Washington Diplomat and Investor.ge Magazine. He taught a skills-based journalism course at the University of Georgia in Tbilisi. He worked as the Caucasus correspondent for the The Faster Times, and began writing regularly for two other Georgian magazines, Tabula and Liberali. Early this year, Nick began work as a stringer for National Public Radio (NPR) and began teaching an English-language class to Georgian journalism professionals through the British Council. In May, he was hired as senior editor of Kanal PIK TV's English Service (a Russian-language channel). Nick also has written for Global Post.
- Bill Gentile