Reliable reporting, meet engaging narratives.

In my award-winning, independent journalism practice, I tell stories about climate change, the LGBTQ+ community and my region of upstate New York.

I’m particularly interested in stories about activists fighting for justice, solutions to the climate crisis, and how national political debates play out on the local level.

You can hire me to…

  • Write nuanced news stories about LGBTQ+ politics, or service pieces about navigating life as an LGBTQ+ person.

  • Tackle rigorously reported stories about climate tech and solutions, or reader-friendly guides to sustainable living.

  • Craft enthralling features and profiles of leaders, change-makers and contrarian characters.

I work with…

  • Mainstream newspapers and magazines

  • Niche-specific B2B publications

  • Association and trade magazines

And I’ll go the extra mile.

I have a background in editing, too, so you’ll always receive clean copy, with suggested headlines and sub-headlines, links to source material, and suggestions for photos or graphics.

Testimonials

“Mike is a versatile, talented freelance journalist who has never shied away from an assignment. Mike’s copy is clean and accurate; I seldom have to spend much time editing anything he turns in. Mike also goes above and beyond when it comes to deadlines. He doesn’t just meet them, he will turn in an assignment two weeks early and then ask for another. Plus he’s a joy to work with, always quick to respond to questions and game to try something different.” — Jon Reed, senior editor at CNET

Featured Work

The Café That’s Upending Capitalism

YES! Magazine / Cafe Euphoria isn’t just another co-op. Its trans and gender-nonconforming owners are pursuing a vision of radical equality.

Boy Scouts pitch a more welcoming tent at their National Jamboree

The Washington Post / Amid the hundreds of tents erected for the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree, one dedicated to LGBTQ+ scouts stands out.

The US city that has raised $100m to climate-proof its buildings

The Guardian / Ithaca has turned to private investors to help it decarbonize thousands of residential and commercial buildings.

Trans people are finding safe haven in an unexpected place: upstate New York

The Guardian / Rochester, Albany and other cities offer refuge from anti-trans laws in other states and ballooning costs in big cities.

There Is Enough Food, Just Not Enough Food Access

YES! Magazine / Community fridge networks across the country are an important start—and symbol—in the work to make sure everyone has enough to eat.

7 Tips for Finding the Best Solar Installers Near Me

CNET / Here’s everything you need to know to find, evaluate and sign a contract with a solar installer.

Ready to work together? Get in touch

You can reach me at mike@mikedesocio.com, or fill out the form below.