Journalistic writing for print and online distribution; academic writing requiring varying degrees of research; copy for press releases and small copywriting projects on a limited basis; proprietary documents and manuals for corporate environments.
News and current events; United States history; mass communication and its influences; broadcast radio, television and advertising; the current state and future of news and journalism; the historical background and social effects of court decisions.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history and minor in English. These studies prepared him to advance to graduate school for a more in-depth study of both subjects.
Michael earned his Master of Arts degree with a major in U.S. history and minor in English. His history thesis was an interpretation of the causes of the Civil War and his studies emphasized Southern history both before and after the war. His English studies focused on 20th century American writers.
Michael earned his Master of Journalism degree with a minor in U.S. history. His journalism work emphasized writing and layout design with a limited exposure to public relations. His historical studies emphasized the recent past and oral history.
Michael was a staff writer at The Dallas Morning News for four years covering municipal government, education and assorted feature stories.
Michael wrote the copy and designed the layout for a standard operating procedure handbook covering a graphics departmentas well as other internal proprietary documents at the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, a Fortune 500 company.
Michael has created copy for small, local businesses to be used on brochures and fliers. While most of his writing has been long form, he enjoys the challenge of creating short, tight copy for descriptive purposes.
This is an article Michael wrote for a local paper. It was a story he particularly enjoyed, as it had a happy ending.
For several years, Michael was a volunteer writer and layout designer for his local neighborhood newsletter. His duties included editing other's contributions as well as his own work.