Michael Costanza

Freelance Article Writer & Content Writer

993
Location:Rochester, New York, United States
Profile:freelanced.com/michaelcostanza
0
Kudos
4.5
2 Skills
Ask
Rate/Hr
Michael Costanza
228 N. Goodman Street, Apt. 19
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 442-2153
micost51@yahoo.com

SUMMARY

Over eight years experience writing and editing general news, human interest, science, and health stories and features for newspapers and magazines, including many cover stories. Drills into stories, using interviewing skills and an extensive web of medical, business, and government contacts to investigate the issues important to readers. Enjoys the challenge of researching complex issues, and presenting them accurately, clearly, and on deadline. Excellent photographer.

EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE REPORTER

Rochester Business Journal, Rochester, NY. May, 2009-Present.
Researched and wrote cover stories about intellectual property law, business intelligence gathering, and other subjects for Special Reports section. Presented the US Senate’s version of the health care reform bill in detail, and its potential effects on businesses. Reported the scaling back of local health systems’ plans to expand, and their reasons for doing so. Covered sustainable, groundbreaking technologies being developed by local companies, and local hydrogen fuel cell development.

In Good Health, Rochester and Syracuse, NY, 2005-Present
Profiled hospital CEOs, physicians, and medical researchers, and presented them as people as well as members of their organizations or medical fields. Researched and wrote stories about robotic surgery, groundbreaking medical technologies, and new, more efficient ways of practicing medicine. Covered the rollout of a revolutionary electronic medical record system that has spread throughout the region. Detailed the investment strategies by which older adults could safeguard or grow their investments in difficult economic times

55-PLUS, Rochester, NY, 2009-Present
Profiled Don Alhart, the13-WHAM-TV news anchor, for the cover of the first edition. Wrote engaging, colorful stories about longtime jazz musician and Red Wings organist Fred Costello and George Hamlin IV, president and CEO of the Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Company. Covered the pleasures and problems that those over 55 can experience upon returning to dating. Detailed Monroe County’s preparations for a possible flu epidemic.

Messenger Post Newspapers, Monroe and Ontario Counties, NY, 2005-2009
Covered business development, infrastructure issues, and school and social events for every Messenger Post newspaper. Reported the first experimental use of a new type of artificial heart from the standpoint of the patient. Wrote hard-hitting, technically detailed series on controversial efforts to build wind towers in Hamlin, NY. Followed federal, state and local elections from first rally to closing of the polls.

Webster Herald, Webster, NY, 2003-2005
Wrote in-depth story about ****** usage in Webster. Covered Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards’s appearance at a local rally. Wrote a series about the effort to close the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, focusing on the concerns of local veterans. Covered sports, and wrote features.

EDUCATION

MASTER OF THE ARTS, Political Science, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1989.
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1993.
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Content Writing