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Exploring Life & Business with Nicholas Beach of The Nut

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Beach.

Hi Nicholas, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I went to Drew University in Madison, NJ where I started a satire news publication with my friend James Stevens.

We started by sending out a weekly newsletter with 2-3 articles to students who subscribed. During the height of the pandemic, we switched to a website format.

During this time we also became a registered business so that we could expand to other schools. We have successfully established a branch at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Currently, we have multiple school branches in development as well as expanding into podcasts.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest struggle was at the height of the Pandemic when James and I were in different states and could not meet each other. We decided that it was best that I would handle the administrative stuff while James focused on managing content creation.

It was hard to balance at first but it has started to work very well. Another problem we are having is building trust with schools. As a new company, we still need to establish ourselves and our reputation to work closely with schools.

As you know, we’re big fans of The Nut. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Our goal is to establish satire news publications at several colleges across the country. We teach the students how to write a comedy article. We also help the students learn what it is like working for a publication. With The Nut running the organizations, we create a network between all of the schools so that they can work together.

We also help them after graduation helping them find a job with us or another news publication. For schools that already have a satire publication, we hope to add them to our network and support them. Student-run publications can have a bad few years and drop in quality every now and then. Our goal is to help relieve some stress from these students so they can maintain a healthy balance of academics and extracurricular.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
There are risks involved. You have to put in money that you won’t see for another few years at least. You will have to spend a lot of time working when you want to be out with friends. However, if you have a good support system it becomes so much easier.

I’m very lucky to have friends and family that support my endeavors. You have to make sure you understand what you are getting into and have people around you who can help you when you need them. Whether it be physical, mental, or financial. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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Keira Ezzo and James Stevens

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