Why I write

I tell stories.

I’ve written and edited thousands of words for print and online outlets over the past 10+ years, mostly as a journalist. Specialties include feature and human interest stories, breaking news, business, local government, interviewing, research and fact-checking. Accuracy and ethics are two keystones of my career, and I’ve learned that no matter what you write, you must remember your audience.

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Mike McKibbin

One thing my journalism background provided is the skill to easily and quickly understand a subject, then explain it to readers and viewers also unfamiliar with the subject. I always want my stories to get an emotional reaction, to wake someone up to a new way of thinking or acting. To make a difference and add something to someone’s life.

My career has also changed as technology – and the industry – evolved. Now, I write and edit, but I also blog, tweet and understand how to use social media effectively. I’m also enhancing my layout and design skills to be as up to date as possible.

I have had no problems handling multiple projects as an editor, communications professional and presently as a freelance writer. I’m also one of those people who get annoyed when they see a mistake in a sentence or a misspelled word. I’ve been known to correct tweets, emails and text messages. I think if someone is writing something, they should do it right. I constantly strive to produce the perfect sentence, paragraph and story.

In a nutshell, my passion for writing and telling a great story is what I do best and love most.

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