“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”

— Tom Stoppard

“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”

— Tom Stoppard

“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”

— Tom Stoppard

Nikhilesh De

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. This is my story.

I am an award-winning journalist whose work has been picked up by local, state, and international outlets. I am also a senior at Rutgers University majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Digital Communication, Information, and Media, and am currently based out of New Brunswick, New Jersey. Over the course of three years, I have written for The Daily Targum, Rutgers’ paper of record, with experience running its News and Science sections.

When I’m not writing, I’m an aspiring world traveler, amateur photographer, first-degree black belt in mixed-martial arts, & firm advocate of the Oxford Comma.

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Experience

Over the course of three years, I have written more than 270 articles, edited nearly 1,000 more, and seen more than 160,000 of my words published online and in print. I have broken news which impacted the Rutgers community and been picked up by local, state, and international outlets. Download my resume here.

Summary

Rutgers University journalism student familiar with interviewing, writing, and editing; experienced in designing materials through InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator; familiar with mathematics, mechanical physics

Education 

Rutgers University | September 2013-Present

  • Journalism and Media Studies major; Digital Communication and Information Media minor
  • Anticipated graduation date: January 2018

Experience 

The Daily Targum, Correspondent | February 2015-January 2016; February 2017-May 2017

  • Write at least two articles per week for the News and Science sections
  • Managed the Science Section by assigning and editing stories between October 2014 and January 2016
  • Created “Simple Science,” a 200 word or less explanation of scientific phenomena
  • Resumed position of correspondent after serving one-year term as news editor
  • Written more than 270 articles since starting at the Targum

News Editor, The Daily Targum | January 2016-February 2017

  • Managed the News Desk of The Daily Targum, the Rutgers University paper of record; oversaw three editors and more than 50 writers; oversaw Science and Technology pages
  • Edited 35-40 stories per week
  • Worked with Photo/Video Editors to ensure each story had a photograph and video (when applicable)
  • Worked with Design Editor to create the pages within the paper, writing headlines, photo captions, blurbs,and quotes both in print and online. Occasionally filled in with laying out pages

Communications Intern , School of Engineering Dean’s Office | March 2015-December 2016

  • Helped maintain and update Rutgers University School of Engineering’s website, as well as department websites within the school
  • Wrote features highlighting the work done by School of Engineering faculty and students
  • Contributed to RU Engineer magazine

Copywriter, Afford Edu | July 2016-August 2016

  • Wrote marketing and other communications material for web-based tutoring startup launching in 2017
  • Advised on marketing strategy for international and domestic audiences
  • Copy-edited website and related materials

Staff/Contributing Writer, The Daily Targum | October 2013-February 2015

  • Wrote articles for the Science Section, as well as other news divisions within the paper
  • Worked with identifying, editing, and fact checking stories in the Science Section from 10/12/14 Awards
  • First Place, Enterprise/Investigative Reporting; New Jersey Press Association College Journalism Awards (2016-2017)

Extracurricular Activities/Volunteer Work 

Instructor, Piscataway Mixed Martial Arts Program | September 2013-Present

  • First degree black belt student and instructor from May 2015
  • Assistant instructor from 2010 to 2015
  • Mentor younger students to help them attain their next rank

Volunteer, Piscataway Air Force JROTC Program | June 2005-Present

  • Visited local high school JROTC program as guest speaker/volunteer multiple times over past four years