About Me

Hello! Thanks for visiting my website. If you’re looking for someone who has experience writing stories with empathy, I’m your man!

Let me tell you about myself.

Jay Michaels at the Anderson South Carolina Y M C A
My experiences have helped me grow and help others

To say I experienced several things in my life is an understatement. Personally, I’m a fighter. I grew up in Queens, NY and learned how to fend for myself as an independent teenager. Taking the public buses and going places by myself allowed me to learn how to explore and find things on my own.

Growing up with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, I was told that I wouldn’t live past my teen years. Little did they know that – over 40 years later – I’m thriving. Sure, I’ve stumbled along the way. But, doesn’t everyone?

About Social Work and Exploring

I am a proud alumnus of several schools. I earned a B.S. in social work from Marist College in 1994. It helped me learn how to aid my community, and I used that knowledge to help people with disabilities. The opportunity allowed me to convey my own experience and use empathy to help others achieve their own goals.

I eventually became somewhat of a nomad to “find myself.” After all, as social workers know, in order to help others, you must first help yourself. As a result, I lived up-and-down the East Coast from New York to North Carolina and Florida.

However, in 2009, I decided to move to South Carolina where many family members relocated. It was there that I decided to make a major change.

About South Carolina

I decided to go back to school to further my education. As a social worker, I needed a way to alleviate the “burn out” I felt. Thus, I developed a love for writing. Blogging helped me express myself and “vent” about situations that bothered me. However, I realized my writing started to improve, and I considered a career change.

Enter journalism.

About Communications and Journalism

I discovered the communications program at the University of South Carolina Upstate campus (a.k.a. USC Upstate). My journalistic journey taught me how to write in AP Style. Yet, it also gave me something else I didn’t expect. It gave me a way to help others through writing.

I realized that journalism is about interviewing and discovering other people’s stories. It isn’t just about covering events and “hard news.” The combination opened my eyes to many things that you may not hear about on a regular basis.

My journalism training also helped me realize that the field is changing. While some people think that “journalism is dead”, the thought simply isn’t true. To be sure, many people still read the newspaper. Yet, others read news websites and social media. However, I always click on stories and read them rather than react to the headline and form an opinion. After all, it’s important to stay informed.

The revelation led me to the importance of mass communication and marketing. Therefore, after graduating from USC Upstate, I attended the communications school at the University of South Carolina. My training in the master of mass communication (MMC) program taught me how to combine writing and marketing – especially through social media. It helped me realize that a social media presence is essential for personal and professional branding. If you don’t represent yourself on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, you may as well not exist. Realizing that some people look at one platform while other people use another necessitates being represented on all pages. Doing so allows you to be seen by the biggest audience.

Combining Journalism and Mass Communication

After earning my master’s degree, I wrote for multiple companies as my resume shows. In 2018, I received a communications specialist job offer from the Center for Independent Living of Broward in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The opportunity allowed me to combine my social work, journalism and mass communication skills to help people with disabilities and promote the company’s brand and successes.

As I said in the beginning, “to say I experienced several things in my life is an understatement.” Yet, my personal and professional experiences shaped me into a man who loves to stay informed and help others.

How may I help you?