Writing Portfolio

R. Michael Brown is both a journalist and a copywriter. His portfolio shows examples of content that was created by Mike as the hands-on writer for his integrated marketing, communication, and public relations plans and campaigns or as freelance writing projects.  We specialize in brand storytelling for the following markets: Tech, Healthcare, Science, Engineering, Environment, Real Estate and Builders, Architecture and Construction, Art, Retail, Government and Public Policy, and Nonprofits.

I specialize in making complex topics like technology easy to understand.

Amangiri, R. Michael Brown, Freelance Writer

Icom: Magic for Amangiri
By: R. Michael Brown, Freelance Writer, Special to Icom-America News

To say that the new magnificent Amangiri resort in Southern Utah is isolated is an understatement. The resort collects guests from the nearest airport in Page, Arizona with one of their fleet of BMW’s.

Your cellphone won’t work. The property is too far from a tower.

As one visitor of the $800 – $3,500 per night suites said, “We arrived in the middle of the night, greeted by not one, but two Aman staff. The entire resort was bathed in candlelight, dozens of lanterns artfully cascading light along the graceful grand staircase.”

The daylight reveals rooms made of solid concrete, ph-balanced and treated to match the patina of the surrounding cliffs and canyons. They are like square luxury caverns looking out at the Southwestern desert.

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Another specialty is making technology products interesting and fun.

Jonathan Trappe Over Newfoundland. R. Michael Brown, Freelance Writer
Jonathan Trappe Over Newfoundland. R. Michael Brown, Freelance Writer

Icom Radios Key Part of Safe Cluster Ballooning
By: R. Michael Brown, Freelance Writer, Special to Icom-America News

“Using gas balloons is unlike any other flying.” said Jonathan R. Trappe, world record holder for the longest gas balloon flight (68 hours, 46 minutes and 1,214 miles). “There is no sound. No propellers, no jet engines. No burner, no heart-thumping rotors of a helicopter. Not even the wind that gliders experience. You’re going 25 knots with the wind without making a sound. This is true, silent flight.” In May of this year, he crossed the English Channel.

Safety is the most important aspect of this type of flying says Trappe. That takes meticulous strategic and tactical planning and equipment. In addition to an aircraft radio, he and his crew uses Icom IC-F14/S Series radios to coordinate the flight with the crew on the surface.

“When I’m high in the air, the range of the Icom radio is a hundred miles.” said Trappe. “It’s a good thing too. Coordinating with the ground crew is extremely important. They need to be there right when I come down. It’s not like we are landing in an airport.” And they aren’t able to see him easily. He has reached altitudes of 17,930 feet, flown over open water, and at night.

Other equipment he carries is an altitude encoding transponder, aviator’s breathing oxygen, pilot parachute, GPS, cell phone for ground communication (usually after landing), Sat phone to talk with his meteorologist that is not part of the chase team, and emergency locator beacon.

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News writing and reporting that makes complex science easier to understand.

Seaweed Invasion Continues in Palm Beach
By: R. Michael Brown, Writer & Multimedia Producer

You’ve seen it and likely smelled it, Sargassum seaweed. If you live in Palm Beach or visit during the summer, you’ve stepped over it on your way to the water at the beach. But this year it’s different.

Seaweed Palm Beach Inlet – Courtesy of Friends of Palm Beach. R. Michael Brown Multimedia Producer
Seaweed Palm Beach Inlet – Courtesy of Friends of Palm Beach

The invasion started in April. The Civic Association received a news tip from Diane Buhler, founder of Friends of Palm Beach, as they were cleaning the beaches on the north end. Mounds of Sargassum were piling on the beach with vast sheets of it stretching out to sea.

We contacted George Buckley, a Harvard University scientist that has been investigating the Sargassum bloom infecting the Carribean, the Gulf coast, and now Florida. His theory on this growing threat has scientists, government leaders, business owners, residents, and tourists troubled throughout the hemisphere.

“Throughout the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico we are seeing phenomenal blooms like we’ve never seen before,” said Mr. Buckley. “The question is, where does this come from, what causes this?”

Satellite photos show the equatorial currents of Brazil, coupled with the North Atlantic current, brought sargassum into the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea where the right conditions, warmer water and pollution, caused the seaweed to literally explode.

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