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Townsquare Media

Townsquare Media is a community-focused digital media and radio company dedicated to super-serving our 74 small- and mid-sized markets outside of the Top 50 DMAs.

 

Our portfolio of brands include local radio stations such as NJ101.5.com, WYRK.com, WJON.com and WPDH.com and national music brands such as XXLmag.com, TasteofCountry.com, UltimateClassicRock.com and Loudwire.com.

 

As VP of Content, Programming + Audience Development, I help steer our content strategy with a focus on scaling content operations and growing our digital audience,

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Writing

I signed with a first literary agent in the lounge of the Carlyle Hotel, which is a story I like to tell because it makes me feel like a low-rent Dorothy Parker. We couldn't sell that novel so it's collecting digital dust but it was a time, folks. It was a time.

The other story I like to tell is that I lied my way out of being a New York Daily News gossip column item ahead of a reading at P.S. 122A time.

My short story collection The Suburban Swindle was published in 2008. Here were some of the blurbs:

"A fiercely original debut. Corley is a talent to watch." -Scott Snyder

"Jackie Corley is almost completely alone among the new set of writers in that she is actually telling stories about real humans." -Ian Spiegelman, great American nihilist

And here are my favorite crappy reviews from readers:

"She uses the words thumb and jawline in every story. ...  She spends a lot of time writing 'like a woman' with extensive weather description and over dignified character visuals." -C., GoodReads review of The Suburban Swindle

"Inspirational if you run. I walk." -Sue., Goodreads review of The Joy of Running: An Inspired Collection of Quotations for Those Who Love to Run

Word Riot

Word Riot was an online literary magazine I founded in 2002 with the late Paula Anderson. Being 19 and having no idea what I was doing, I lit all my money on fire and built a publishing company out of the magazine. Word Riot was part of a network of influential online lit sites where up-and-coming writers could first plant their flag.

 

We published work by thousands of writers over the years, including Roxane Gay, Nick Antosca, Caroline Kepnes, Paula Bomer, Scott McClanahan and Kevin Sampsell. (Fun fact: we were the first place publish Roxane.) 

 

Published books by Word Riot Press included Baby by Paula Bomer, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine; Look! Look! Feathers by Mike Young, which was featured in Nylon Magazine; What's Your Exit? A Literary Detour Through New Jersey edited by Joe Vallese and Alicia A. Beale, which was named a 2010 Beach Read by New Jersey Monthly; and Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca, which won the 2009 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella.

Reporting

My first job out of college was as a reporter for The Courier, a weekly newspaper covering the Bayshore towns in Monmouth County, New Jersey. I covered Operation Bid Rig, in which a dozen Monmouth County officials were arrested on corruption charges, and investigated the Matawan-Aberdeen Train Station redevelopment project, revealing the developer's campaign contributions to local officials

 

I also worked with The Hudson Reporter to break a story about Todd Christie's campaign contributions ahead of President George W. Bush's appointment of Todd's brother, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as U.S. Attorney for the state.

I worked for Patch, AOL's network of hyperlocal news sites across the U.S. I launched the Freehold Patch in 2010 and was eventually promoted to New Jersey Regional Editor. In that capacity, I managed a dozen editors in Central Jersey. (Yes, Central Jersey exists.)

 

I was one of two state election during the 2012 election cycle and was point person providing breaking news coverage of the New Jersey Governor's Office during Superstorm Sandy.

 

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About Me

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