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Michele Jacklin

Freelance Editor, Journalistic Writer, & More

4646
Location:Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Phone: 860-202-8249
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/michelejacklin
6
Kudos
4.5
8 Skills
$20
Rate/Hr
QUALIFICATIONS
I’ve long been considered one of Connecticut’s most respected communications specialists, writers and public policy analysts, having honed my reportorial, writing and editing skills during a distinguished career in Connecticut journalism. I worked principally at The Hartford Courant, the state’s largest newspaper, where I primarily wrote about state and national government, politics and public policy. I developed a reputation as a “must read” for leaders in the political, nonprofit, education and business communities. I am also an articulate speaker and have appeared before numerous civic, education, community and business groups. I have been a featured guest on radio and TV. I have been an instructor at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and a guest lecturer at colleges.

EMPLOYMENT
4/07-Present – Principal, Michele Jacklin Communications LLC, Glastonbury, CT.
• Among my clients have been job seekers; authors; college professors; graduate students; Common Cause of Connecticut; Trinity College; The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM); Ronus Properties of Atlanta, Ga. (developers of Blue Back Square in West Hartford); Connecticut Voices for Children; 1000 Friends of Connecticut; and many elected officials.
• Wrote and edited CCM’s bimonthly magazine, which is distributed to 7,200 municipal leaders.

9/07-6/14 - Director of Media Relations, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
• Wrote, edited and proofread media advisories, press releases, opinion pieces, feature stories, profiles and other materials for distribution to the news media, posting to the college’s website and publication in the College’s alumni magazine.
• Collaborated with administrators, faculty and staff members to produce articles, opinion pieces and stories for publication in the mainstream media and in academic journals.
• Used public relations tools such as PR Newswire, Meltwater and Cision to build media contact lists, distributed press releases, compiled media highlights and engaged faculty and staff in responding to media inquiries.
• Served as spokeswoman for the College.
• Performed crisis communications to minimize fallout from potentially damaging situations.
• Planned media events such as press conferences and symposia.
• Worked with the college’s director of community relations to ensure that Trinity was perceived as a good neighbor and Hartford asset.
• Pitched story ideas to the news media, locally, regionally and nationally.
• Wrote talking points for top-ranking College officials, and coached them for events such as editorial board interviews and news broadcasts.

6/06-8/06 – Consultant, Connecticut Voices for Children, New Haven, CT.
• Wrote, edited and helped redesign a series of public policy briefing papers for state candidates in the 2006 election.

1/98-12/05 – Political Columnist and Editorial Writer, The Hartford Courant.
• Wrote persuasive bi-weekly columns about city, state and national politics; state government; and the John Rowland and Jodi Rell administrations.
• Analyzed the budgetary and public policy issues facing Connecticut and its cities and towns.
• Summarized complex issues in easily understandable language, while never missing a deadline.
• Covered scores of General Assembly sessions, state nominating conventions, congressional and legislative races and the 2000 and 2004 national party conventions.
• Interviewed hundreds of political leaders, from the president of the United States to rank-and-file members of the legislature, as well as lobbyists, nonprofit officials and business executives.

1/95-12/97 – Editorial Writer, The Hartford Courant.
• Participated in editorial board deliberations and interviews, debating the important issues facing Connecticut, the nation and the world.
• Engaged in consensus building.
• Wrote editorials reflecting the institutional viewpoint of The Courant. Areas of specialty were government, politics, education, the criminal justice system, jobs and the economy.

1/86-12/95 – Chief Political Reporter, The Hartford Courant.
• Chronicled the political and legislative history of Connecticut as it unfolded.
• Covered the state’s political scene, including the governor’s office, the state’s political parties, the General Assembly, lobbying and campaign finance activities.
• Wrote news stories, analyses, profiles and feature stories for the daily and Sunday papers.
• Led the coverage of the 1986, 1990 and 1994 gubernatorial campaigns and the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Senate campaigns, and was involved in the coverage of the 1988 and 1992 presidential races.

AWARDS
• Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award – New England Newspaper Association.
• First place, editorial writing – The Society of Professional Journalists.
• First place, investigative news writing – The Society of Professional Journalists.
• First place, political reporting – Lincoln University, Missouri.
• Media Excellence Award – the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
• Media Award – Connecticut Voices for Children.
• Media Award – Planned Parenthood of Connecticut.
• President’s Award – The Public Health Association of Connecticut.
• Feminist Leadership Award – The Connecticut Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
• Media Award – The Connecticut Psychological Association.

MEMBERSHIPS
• Common Cause of Connecticut, Board of Directors, 2007-2009, 2011-
• Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, Executive Committee, 2007-
• Connecticut Commission on Freedom of Information, 2014-
• Connecticut Medical Examining Board, 2014-
• 1000 Friends of Connecticut, 2004-2007, 2014-
• Glastonbury Town Council, 2009-2011

EDUCATION
M.A., Communications
California State University, Northridge

B.A., International Studies
American University, Washington, D.C.

QUALIFICATIONS
I’ve long been considered one of Connecticut’s most respected communications specialists, writers and public policy analysts, having honed my reportorial, writing and editing skills during a distinguished career in Connecticut journalism. I worked principally at The Hartford Courant, the state’s largest newspaper, where I primarily wrote about state and national government, politics and public policy. I developed a reputation as a “must read” for leaders in the political, nonprofit, education and business communities. I am also an articulate speaker and have appeared before numerous civic, education, community and business groups. I have been a featured guest on radio and TV. I have been an instructor at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and a guest lecturer at colleges.

EMPLOYMENT
4/07-Present – Principal, Michele Jacklin Communications LLC, Glastonbury, CT.
• Among my clients have been Common Cause of Connecticut; Trinity College; The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM); Ronus Properties of Atlanta, Ga. (developers of Blue Back Square in West Hartford); Connecticut Voices for Children; 1000 Friends of Connecticut; and many elected officials.
• Wrote and edited CCM’s bimonthly magazine, which is distributed to 7,200 municipal leaders.

9/07-6/14 - Director of Media Relations, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
• Wrote, edited and proofread media advisories, press releases, opinion pieces, feature stories, profiles and other materials for distribution to the news media, posting to the college’s website and publication in the College’s alumni magazine.
• Collaborated with administrators, faculty and staff members to produce articles, opinion pieces and stories for publication in the mainstream media and in academic journals.
• Used public relations tools such as PR Newswire, Meltwater and Cision to build media contact lists, distributed press releases, compiled media highlights and engaged faculty and staff in responding to media inquiries.
• Served as spokeswoman for the College.
• Performed crisis communications to minimize fallout from potentially damaging situations.
• Planned media events such as press conferences and symposia.
• Worked with the college’s director of community relations to ensure that Trinity was perceived as a good neighbor and Hartford asset.
• Pitched story ideas to the news media, locally, regionally and nationally.
• Wrote talking points for top-ranking College officials, and coached them for events such as editorial board interviews and news broadcasts.

6/06-8/06 – Consultant, Connecticut Voices for Children, New Haven, CT.
• Wrote, edited and helped redesign a series of public policy briefing papers for state candidates in the 2006 election.

1/98-12/05 – Political Columnist and Editorial Writer, The Hartford Courant.
• Wrote persuasive bi-weekly columns about city, state and national politics; state government; and the John Rowland and Jodi Rell administrations.
• Analyzed the budgetary and public policy issues facing Connecticut and its cities and towns.
• Summarized complex issues in easily understandable language, while never missing a deadline.
• Covered scores of General Assembly sessions, state nominating conventions, congressional and legislative races and the 2000 and 2004 national party conventions.
• Interviewed hundreds of political leaders, from the president of the United States to rank-and-file members of the legislature, as well as lobbyists, nonprofit officials and business executives.

1/95-12/97 – Editorial Writer, The Hartford Courant.
• Participated in editorial board deliberations and interviews, debating the important issues facing Connecticut, the nation and the world.
• Engaged in consensus building.
• Wrote editorials reflecting the institutional viewpoint of The Courant. Areas of specialty were government, politics, education, the criminal justice system, jobs and the economy.

1/86-12/95 – Chief Political Reporter, The Hartford Courant.
• Chronicled the political and legislative history of Connecticut as it unfolded.
• Covered the state’s political scene, including the governor’s office, the state’s political parties, the General Assembly, lobbying and campaign finance activities.
• Wrote news stories, analyses, profiles and feature stories for the daily and Sunday papers.
• Led the coverage of the 1986, 1990 and 1994 gubernatorial campaigns and the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Senate campaigns, and was involved in the coverage of the 1988 and 1992 presidential races.

AWARDS
• Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award – New England Newspaper Association.
• First place, editorial writing – The Society of Professional Journalists.
• First place, investigative news writing – The Society of Professional Journalists.
• First place, political reporting – Lincoln University, Missouri.
• Media Excellence Award – the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
• Media Award – Connecticut Voices for Children.
• Media Award – Planned Parenthood of Connecticut.
• President’s Award – The Public Health Association of Connecticut.
• Feminist Leadership Award – The Connecticut Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
• Media Award – The Connecticut Psychological Association.

MEMBERSHIPS
• Common Cause of Connecticut, Board of Directors, 2007-2009, 2011-
• Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, Executive Committee, 2007-
• Connecticut Commission on Freedom of Information, 2014-
• Connecticut Medical Examining Board, 2014-
• 1000 Friends of Connecticut, 2004-2007, 2014-
• Glastonbury Town Council, 2009-2011

EDUCATION
M.A., Communications
California State University, Northridge

B.A., International Studies
American University, Washington, D.C.