About Me

Nickfinal-1My name is Nick Lingerfelt, and I am from Memphis, Tennessee. I graduated summa cum laude with University Honors from the University of Memphis in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Social Media Marketing.

I contribute to Focus Mid-South, a Memphis-area LGBTQ-centered publication, where I generate ideas for stories and features that interest the magazine’s readers, specifically about gender and sexual minority interests. I was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Helmsman, the University of Memphis’ campus newspaper, where I came up with ways to utilize new technology, increase readership and utilize new media, and before I attained this position, I was a News Reporter, then a Copy Editor and then a Managing Editor. I was an Editorial Intern at StyleBlueprint, an online lifestyle publication primarily targeted toward women who live in the Southeastern United States, where I played an active role in the development of StyleBlueprint’s online community by helping to maintain SB’s presence on various social media platforms and by creating and publishing content that is relevant to the company’s followers. I was a freelance writer for Salon, where I reported on stories about national issues from Tennessee’s perspective in response to Donald Trump’s election.

I reported for the documentary Once More at the River: From MLK to BLM in 2018. A short story of mine titled “A Place Beyond the Horizon” was published in Tennessee’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology that year as well. I hosted season one of the podcast Mirror Mirror in 2017. I got my Google Digital Garage Certification and my Google Analytics Individual Qualification both in 2018, and I am also skilled in Adobe Creative Cloud, basic HTML, Social Media content and technology optimization, and WordPress.

I won the 2nd Place Marc Perrusquia Investigative Journalism Award in 2019 for the work I did on my story entitled “Socioeconomic inequalities embedded in sports.” I also won the Otis Sanford Outstanding Journalism Student Award and was recognized for my leadership, writing and humor as Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Helmsman the same year. I received the Variety Club Robert Johnson Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. I have been a supporter of OUTMemphis and Planned Parenthood since Aug. 2017, and I also have supported WKNO-FM and WKNO-TV since July 2018.

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