About Nithin

Nithin Coca is a global freelance journalist and communications professional. He regularly contributes to Engadget, Equal Times, The Diplomat, Shareable, and Sustainable Brands, and his freelance pieces have also appeared in Al Jazeera, Quartz, Ensia, Forbes, and New Internationalist.

Nithin was awarded fellowships from the International Center for Journalists and the Solutions Journalism Network to support his reporting. He has also worked on field investigations with The Changing Markets Foundation and Wild Aid.

As a journalist, Coca focuses on stories that build connections across borders. He focuses on Southeast Asia, a vitally important region of the world that does not get enough attention in the English-language media.

Coca received his BA in Communication from the University of Southern California, and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is based part-time in the San Francisco Bay Area, but spend about half of any year in Southeast Asia for reporting and field work.


walk-freeSetup Walk Free’s Partner Network program in Indonesia, working with local NGOs including Migrant Care, SBMI and INFEST. Organized a groundbreaking global training with participants from several developing countries. Also succeeded in greatly raising profile of modern slavery issues during 2014 Indonesian Elections, and in global media.

Logo KEHATI 2014A short term summer position with the largest Indonesian environmental NGO. While there, I conducted research on REDD and Access/Benefit Sharing for Indonesian Government policy briefs, developed Social Media curriculum, and led trainings for Teens Go Green youth program.

sierraclubDuring two past-paced years, my primary functions involved drafting press releases, pitching media, developing talking points and conducting social media outreach around events and campaigns across the country.

obamaDuring six months working in both Kansas and Iowa, I assisted the Barack Obama primary campaign with grassroots and media organizing. In Iowa, focused on using new media outreach to increase youth turnout. In Kansas City, I was a blogger and helped set-up the first ever Kansas Democratic caucus field operation.

peace-actionAs part of a six month contract during-which I focused on modernizing Peace Action’s communications strategy, my main projects were to expand the organization’s online presence and increase blog and web media coverage. I also supported media outreach and messaging concerning lobby visits, large-scale protests, and Congressional hearings.

Since 2014, I have been working full-time as a freelancer. To see my journalism portfolio, click here. To see who I have consulted for click here.


Can I post content here?

I’m always looking for guest bloggers, though at this point, I’m unable to pay contributors. Go to the Contact Page to send me a message guest blogging, or, really, anything!

How can I work with you?

I am always looking for new people from all around the world to work with! Click here to discover the many ways we can work together!

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Where are all your articles?

You can find my entire writing portfolio, with links to all my published pieces, here

Didn't you used to have a blog?

The blog hasn’t gone anywhere, but, as I’ve begun to focus more on my published pieces in global media, I’ve written less and less on my blog. You can find all the old posts by hovering over the “Writer” button on the top menu, and then selecting one of the four drop down categories.

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