San Marcos, TX
Hi! I'm Nick. I am a recent Texas State University graduate, with a B.S. in Mass Communication & Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. Beyond my professional intrests, I have a passion for popular culture, politics, media, the arts, and all things Rihanna.
Currently, I'm the Student Manager at Texas State's Office of Retention Management and Planning. Previously, I've interned with SXSW's Special Projects team, and served as the Texas State University representative of the San Marcos Youth Commission, presided over College Democrats at Texas State University, organized & oversaw 30 chapters as President of Texas College Democrats and spent eight years onstage and backstage doing musical theatre with Kids Who Care Musical Theatre.
My work focuses on the intersection of public relations and community. I want to use my talents to inform, grow and serve my communities—especially how it relates to queer issues.
Below are some of the projects I've worked on lately. If you'd like more information or samples, please let me know!
LGBTQ+ Representation in Television
Coding and Data Skills - Fall 2017
For my Coding and Data Skills class each, I analysed the representation of LGBTQ+ characters in television, and turned this data into an interactive website.
Media Design - Fall 2017
Headphones is a magazine I created to combine two of my favorite things, culture and music.
LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness
Writing for Public Relations - Spring 2017
For my Writing for Public Relations class each student was required to pick a topic that is important to them. From that topic, each student created a semester long project collecting research, launching a survey, and curating a media kit to to mimic a PR campaign. I chose LGBTQ Youth Homelessness, because of the impact and importance of this issue. Over 40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness in the United States self-identify as LGBTQ. This project focused on resources and advocacy focused in Austin.
Texas State University Family Day 2017
Marketing Materials - March 2017
As Student Manager for the Retention Management & Planning office, one of my duties is to assist staff with creating marketing materials for our programs. Every year RMP produces Family Weekend in the fall and Family Day in the spring. For the spring 2017 Family Day, I was tasked with creating the marketing materials for the event including social media graphics, the poster, program, name badge, and faculty bios. For the materials I used a combination of Indesign, Photoshop and Canva.
The Social Product: Consumer Intrest in Brands on Social Media
Public Relations Research - Fall 2016
Present PR (our group name for our PR Research class) focused our semester long project on how brands and consumers interact with each other on social media. Through the five months of our project we explored past research on our topic by writing literature reviews, crafted three research questions, and gathered our own data by launching a survey.
Texas State & The Hays County Food Bank
Web Design and Publishing - Fall 2016
The Hays County Food Bank is one of the most integral parts of southern central Texas. This website is to showcase the Food Bank, and all of the things it offers the residents of Hays County.
© Nicholas Laughlin 2018 Built while drinking Topo Chico and listening to Rihanna's brilliant discography