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.


NJ Surfing Trailblazers Set To Reunite

The year 1965 changed the way surfing was viewed on the Jersey Shore. Picture the scene: empty Volkswagen Bugs and Ford Woody Wagons lined down Kiernan Boulevard in Long Branch, as their passengers move in waves to Kiernan Beach, which would become the most prolific break for New Jersey surfing.
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Middletown Now Rich in Hockey Tradition

Aboard the fittingly-named family boat “Breakaway,” a 20 person entourage joined Trevor van Riemsdyk for his journey to the docks at the Salt Creek Grille in celebration of his championship season with the World Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Over 160 friends and family awaited the arrival of the Middletown native van Riemsdyk to celebrate his day in showcasing the Stanley Cup to his hometown.
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Nautical History Unearthed Under Highlands Bungalow

It is not everyday that a piece of history is discovered underneath someone’s house, let alone holding that house up. But this odd occurrence was a reality for Eileen Scanlon of 5th Street in Highlands, who discovered on May 26 exactly what was beneath the floorboards of a three-bedroom bungalow on her property.
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Middletown Man Celebrates 105 Years Young!

William “Austin” Clark, a Middletown resident since 1967, reached a rather remarkable milestone earlier last week, celebrating his 105 birthday on August 5. “There was nothing special, I eat plain food. When my wife was alive, I ate whatever she fed me. If I complained, I was told, ‘don’t eat it,” Clark said with a good-natured smirk.
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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