Nick Coltrain's portfolio

My name is Nick Coltrain. I grew up on punk rock and Nietzsche. I'm a journalist now.

I'd call it a resume, but I've never stopped. For more bad puns, follow me @NColtrain.

EXPERIENCE
The Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado

March 2014 to current
City, county and state government reporter and general investigations. Previous beats: Colorado State University and the organization's first data reporter.

  • Colorado open records law changed as result of my reporting on pay inequity at Colorado State University. Project involved recreating and analyzing a 4,800-entry logbook of salaries as a digital database. Prior pay inequity work directly led to raises for a quarter of female full professors at CSU.
  • Wrote national political story for planned USA TODAY cover during 2016 presidential election while leading local election coverage.
  • Regularly shot, produced and edited a variety of videos for publication on Coloradoan.com.
  • Regular use of open records law in reporting.
  • Served as news organization's inaugural data reporter. Reported and developed original data sets, managed the weekly package and handled online presentation.

The Banner-Herald, Athens, Georgia
September 2012 to February 2014
Government and business reporter

  • Investigated decades-old accusations of sexual abuse by a prominent member of the Athens community using open records requests and shoe-leather reporting.
  • Collaborated in producing the organization's first curated multimedia package for a story detailing the impacts of federally recognized same-sex marriage on local couple s.

The Nevada Appeal, Carson City, Nevada
September 2011 to July 2012
Crime and business reporter

  • Covered crime, courts, business and economic development efforts. Focused crime coverage on narratives of law enforcement practices; focused business reporting on fall out from the recession on hard-hit industrial and housing industries.

The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho
May 2010 to September 2011
City/county government reporter

  • Delivered regular deadline coverage of city council meetings.
  • Served as Sunday editor, editing stories and covering spot news.
  • Beat international competition by having the first published account of the discovery of a Canadian woman who had been stranded for seven weeks in the Nevada mountains.

EDUCATION
B.A. in Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno December 2009

SKILLS
Creating and producing photo, audio and video elements for publication; use of social media, data visualization and other multimedia tools for online elements; Microsoft Excel and data analysis; thorough knowledge of AP style. Use of SEO and “clickability” practices for headlines and publication. Comfortable with Facebook Live and similar on-camera or live shot work.

RECOGNITIONS

  • 2017 First Amendment Award from the SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter: 2015 Colorado Press Association Service to the First Award (Coloradoan citation)
  • Past awards include: Best health enterprise/feature story; education enterprise reporting; best individual story; best series for data reporting; investigative/enterprise reporting; feature writing; non-deadline reporting; news reporting.
  • Board member for SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter (2017-current).