video journalist • documentary filmmaker • social storyteller

As a freelancer in media, Nikolas is focused on social topics. In his reports and documentaries, he tells visually and dramaturgically impressive stories that will have a lasting effect on the audience. As a social storyteller he reaches and activates people with his media actions.

Nikolas Migut
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Nikolas Migut, born 1977, studied science of journalism and political science at the University of Mainz, Germany and journalism at USC, Australia. He lives in Hamburg with his wife Milena and their daughter Maja.

He worked as a trainee at North German Broadcasting (NDR / ARD) in Hamburg in 2008/2009. Afterwards, he worked for three years for investigative magazines such as award-winning Panorama (ARD)Since then, he worked as a director and video journalist for ARD and realized contract works for (e.g. ZEIT ONLINE & n-tv).

He became a documentary cameraman and video journalist in NDR´s documentary and reporting unit in 2012. There he works as a freelance filmmaker for long formats, among others for DIE BOX, which is the developing unit at NDR for documentary storytelling. The unit publishes the documentary series “7 days” and documentary talk The Story of One Evening, for which he is nominated as part of the team for Grimme Award 2015 and two years later in another episode for the German Camera Award.

His web documentary about the biggest juvenile prison in Germany, Careers in Prison, was also nominated in 2015 for the German Reporter Award. In 2016 he was a participant of the Digital Storytelling Lab of the Bavarian Broadcasting (BR). His documentaries have been invited to and awarded at numerous national and international film festivals.

As a lecturer Nikolas taught at the Burda School of Journalism (BJS) and at the Academy for Film and Television Dramaturgy TOP: Talente e.V. He was invited as an expert on social storytelling by the Leuphana University Lüneburg, fritz-kola and the Art Directors Club.

Nikolas is the founder of the nonprofit registered association ´StrassenBLUES - changes you´, that has the goal to show creative ways out of poverty. It has emerged from his documentary "Street Blues". His registered association was nominated for the SMART Hero Award from Facebook and the Stiftung Digitale Chancen in 2018 and was awarded the Alternative Media Prize and the German government´s Active for Democracy and Tolerance competition prize. With the two scholarships at startsocial and the Social Impact Lab Hamburg Nikolas expanded his possibilities as a social entrepreneur.