Jay Cook

Freelance Journalist: The Two River Times

Middletown, New Jersey

Jay Cook

I am a 23-year-old, Monmouth County based freelance journalist with The Two River Times, a weekly newspaper in Red Bank, NJ. I also work as a videographer for Shore Sports Zone in Monmouth County, shooting high-level video of Shore Conference football games. Also, I'm a co-founder and podcast host on The Cul-De-Sac Sports Network, based out of Monmouth County. I graduated from Rutgers University in Spring 2016 with my B.A. in Journalism/Media Studies and a minor in Poli Sci, summa cum laude.


Local Pet Stores Dispute Alleged Consumer Affairs Violations

The state’s newly amended Pet Purchase Protection Act is designed to create transparency between pet stores and customers. The law aims to give prospective pet buyers the animal’s veterinary history, breeder or broker information, as well as prohibit New Jersey pet dealers from doing any business with unlicensed breeders or animal welfare violators, also known as puppy mills.
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West Front Street Construction a Headache

This 2,000+ word enterprise story talks about the construction of a local bridge and its effects on the community. As the West Front Street Bridge was being constructed, small businesses and locals talked about the impact the bridge construction had on them. Lieutenant Neil Hansen of the Middletown Police Department also adds in his point of view of what the effects of the bridge construction are in the area. This story received an "A" grade in the Advanced Reporting class taken at Rutgers University
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Jay Cook

My name is Jay Cook, a 23-year-old lifelong resident to the Lincroft/Middletown area of Monmouth County. Currently, I am a freelance journalist with The Two River Times, a weekly newspaper based out of Red Bank, NJ. Also, I am a co-founder and podcast host on The Cul-Da-Sac Sports Network. I take part in two shows: "The Gang," featuring myself and other co-founders Dennis Miller and Lou Denza; and "What's Cookin'," an NFL-based podcast recorded and edited by myself. We are found on iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, Facebook and Twitter. As for my education, I attended Brookdale Community College and graduated in 2013 with my Associates Degree in Journalism. At BCC, I wrote with the weekly newspaper "The Stall", and also hosted my own sports talk radio show on Brookdale Student Radio. I transferred to Rutgers University as a full time student, and I graduated in the Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree majoring in Journalism/Media Studies with a minor in Political Science. At Rutgers, I continued my Brookdale Student Radio experience, co-hosting a three-man sports talk show titled "Gridiron Gang", which was on Tuesdays from 10 am-12:30 pm. In the summer of 2015, I interned with TRT, covering a multitude of events in the Two River Area from July-August. On my own, I was also a contributing writer to Fantasy Sports Warehouse, an internet-based fantasy sports news website.



  • writing
  • editing
  • interviewing
  • photography
  • photojournalism
  • podcasting
  • radio
  • radio broadcasting
  • audio editing
  • social media
  • sports writing
  • news writing
  • feature writing
  • profile writing
  • videography