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Frank C.

Average rate
$25–40/hour
  • Joined May 2018

Community-minded, facts-driven media professional with nearly 20 years of editing, reporting and management experience.

  • Smithtown, NY, USA
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Frank C.
Smithtown, NY, USA

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Experience

Summary

I'm a Boston University graduate (master's degree in print journalism) who recently left his job as editor of an award-winning weekly newspaper--a position I held for the past 15 years--to pursue my dream job as a freelance writer and editor.

Work history

Freelancer
I am The Press News Group's go-to freelancer for complicated and in-depth news stories focusing on the East End of Long Island. I also write features, for both the News and Arts & Living sections, and am a regular contributor to special publications.
The Long Island Advance
Freelancer
I recently started freelancing for The Long Island Advance, a community newspaper on Long Island that I edited for nearly five years in the early 2000s. Today, I primarily contribute feature and news stories for the weekly publication.

Portfolio

"Sober Home Operators Frustrated By Lack Of Opportunity On East End"

This in-depth news-feature focuses on the lack of recovery housing--commonly referred to as "sober homes"--on the East End of Long Island, a situation that prompted two local women to start their own not-for-profit in a neighboring municipality.

"Hamptons Branding: What's In A Name?"

This fun news feature focuses on how certain entrepreneurs are always looking to cash-in on the "Hamptons" name, regardless of what they are selling.

"Eastport South Manor's Budget Woes Began Years Ago, With Fiscal Moves That Reverberate Today"

An in-depth dive that examines how a school district with a $93.5 million annual operating budget dug itself into a multimillion-dollar financial hole, forcing the slashing of more than 70 positions in a single year.

"Ruch Helps Build Confidence Through Baking"

A special education and speech therapy teacher only hires adults with developmental disabilities, autism and other disorders to help run her new business, the South Fork Bakery.

"Bill Creating 9/11 Commemorative License Plate, A Local Man's Longtime Goal, Is On Governor's Desk"

A former Southampton Town deputy supervisor's nearly 15-year wait for a 9/11 commemorative license plate in New York State is almost over.

"Manufactured Oyster Reefs And Farms Could Help Improve Local Water Quality"

Already common in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and coastal South Carolina, oyster reefs are now being installed in several bays on Long Island and nearby New York City

Education

Accreditations

Boston University
Master's Degree in Print Journalism
St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY
Bachelor's Degree in English

Skills

Languages

English

Full professional proficiency

Skills

communications content creation copywriting editing editorial journalism lead generation writing sub-editing proofreading

Tools

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter YouTube Instagram InDesign Powerpoint Wordpress

Availability

Seeking work

Available

  • Available during business hours, evenings, and weekends

Commitment

  • Can work 40hrs per week
  • Can commit to 1+ years