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I’m Jay Michaels. Welcome to my site!

Welcome to my website! I am your host, Jay Michaels. I have almost 10 years of experience writing journalistic clips, features and enterprise stories. This started after several years of working as a social worker.

Now, you may be asking, “Journalism and social work? How does that work?” I get this question often. However, any good journalist knows that a story has to evoke emotion. Regardless of whether it’s overwhelming happiness or complete anger, your clips and stories can’t just sit on a page. Otherwise, it’s boring.

Journalism in the social media age

Alas, empathy disappeared with the growth of social media. However, that recently changed. Until recently, many social media users didn’t actually “click” on the story. They often looked at a headline, made an opinion about it, and moved on. However, after the recent events of 2018, journalism found its spotlight. People read stories and discussed them in an educated matter. In fact, according to the Nieman Lab, the number of journalism graduates grew from 75,000 in 2007 to over 100,000 in 2016.

The evolution of journalism

Journalism was once thought to be dead. However, if you look at the facts, you will see that it is – in fact – evolving. While many people do not read hard copy newspapers, they do use their laptops, tablets and phones to read their news – and they consume it quite often. Hence, as a journalist, I know that the need for it is still alive. Moreover, according to The Keene Sentinel, several recent events created a spark in students to pursue journalism again.

How I can help

Learning the steps and the business behind journalism, as well as talking to several people about current events, allowed me to understand how important journalism is in today’s world. We can’t just rely on someone’s opinion as the basis for our own. Hence, I started writing for several publications, interviewing people, and getting facts from many different reliable sources. This combination helped me create clips and stories that you can find on my Journalistic Clips and Stories pages on this site. Knowing how to share facts to which people pay attention is something that allowed me to excel in the field.

Contact me

I am always happy to help any publication’s staff members get the story they need to share with readers. You may email me at jaymich1128@gmail.com. You can also find me on my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. I look forward to working with you.