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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Locals Bid Farewell To Legendary Lobster House

SEA BRIGHT – Harry’s Lobster House, a legendary Sea Bright eatery for the last 70 years, closed its doors for the final time Sunday, Jan. 10. The restaurant, owned by Lou Jacoubs, outlasted a fire and multiple hurricanes that ravaged the Jersey Shore, all while it stayed in his family. An auction was set to occur Sunday night, with everything in the restaurant up for sale, ranging from both dartboards to cooking equipment.
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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