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Nick Michael '10

Nick Michael graduated from Harding with a BA in English in 2010. During his time at Harding, he was involved in The Bison newspaper, the Petit Jean yearbook, Knights social club, Concert Choir and the College Democrats. He married his wife and fellow Harding English major, Kelsey Sherrod, in May 2011.

After graduation, Nick interned with Movable Type Literary Group, a literary agency in New York City founded by Harding alum Jason Ashlock, in June 2010 before beginning his master’s in journalism with a concentration in photojournalism at the University of Missouri in the fall. He completed his coursework for his master’s the following May before heading to Washington DC in June 2012. There he served as NPR Music’s first Music Multimedia intern, helping to produce Tiny Desk Concerts, Field Recordings and live concert coverage for the Newport Folk Festival. Kelsey interned at the Smithsonian, filming and editing for the annual Folklife festival. In August 2012 Nick and Kelsey moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for Kelsey to begin her master’s in folklore. In July 2013, Nick defended his thesis applying gatekeeping theory to short online nonfiction films and graduated with his MA in journalism from the University of Missouri. Kelsey graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with her MA in folklore in May 2014 before they moved in June to DC for Nick to work on a special project with NPR, Jazz Night in America.

Nick, Mark Slagle (2011 graduate) and Tyler Jones (2010 graduate) had their first paid project in the summer of May 2010. Since then, they founded 1504 Pictures, a creative studio that crafts films and strategy.

“Over the years, we’ve made short documentaries for the American Red Cross, music videos for The Civil Wars and The Secret Sisters and worked with Dr. Jeff Hopper on capturing the spirit of his International Programs,” Nick said.

Nick is currently a filmmaker; almost all of his work is short-form (1-10 minutes). His job is to take complex ideas, people events, etc. and distill them into a story people can connect with, and in the best case scenario, see themselves in. 1504 currently has active projects with UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Missouri, the Southern Foodways Alliance, Columbia Records and others. Nick enjoyed his time at Harding and says he gained a lot from the people who taught him here.

“When I think of Harding, I think of people like Dr. Jack Shock, Dr. Jeffrey Hopper, Dr. Jim Miller and every single one of the English faculty,” Nick said. “It’s a privilege to learn from people like them, and I’m not sure I’ve learned everything they’ve taught me yet.”

You can find out more about Nick’s NPR project and 1504 Pictures at the links below:



Past Honorees

SeptemberEmily Owens '14 and Marcy Yoder '12
AugustScott Huddleston '07
JulyZach '13 and Jordan '12 Roddenberry
JuneSarah-Jane Bedwell  '05
MayLyndsey Ruble Nuckols '05
AprilSeth Fish  '08
MarchMaura Brumley  '12
FebruaryMatt Owen  '03
JanuaryEmily Gemma  '10
DecemberJohn Rogers  '04
NovemberLiz Yielding '12 and Lauren Schlabach '11
OctoberLaura Walker '09 and Cristie Merritt '11


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