Professional Writing, Editing, and Proofreading Services
     
      ... Because words still matter
 

SERVICES

Freelance Writing 
Editing
Content Creation
 

ABOUT

My name is Michael Popke, and I provide exceptional writing and editing services for publications and businesses. I'm an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience in print and digital media as a freelance writer, daily newspaper reporter, business-to-business magazine editor, book reviewer, and music critic.

My work has appeared in the following publications: 

  • Publishers Weekly    

  • AQUA

  • Progressive Railroading

  • Goldmine

  • Shepherd Express  

  • Athletic Business 

  • In Business

  • Wood Floor Business

  • Powerplay

  • Isthmus 

  • Gameday Security 

  • Sports Destination Management

  • Trade & Industry Development
     

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Additionally, I've written content for the following companies and organizations: 

  • Beynon Sports/FieldTurf 

  • Madison College

  • JQ Engineering

  • Safe Sport Zone

  • Forever Home Real Estate

  • 7 Star Service

  • American Chestnut Association

  • Association of Aquatic Professionals 

  • Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects

  • Catholic Memorial
    High School 

  • Commercial Recreation Specialists

  • Peak Dealership Performance

 

  • Pinnacle Indoor Sports

  • Sub-Zero/Wolf 

  • UFS LLC 

  • National Swimming Pool Foundation

  • Wisconsin Grocers Association

I chose the name Two Lakes Media because I'm based in Madison, Wisconsin — a city built on an isthmus and bookended by Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. 

 

PORTFOLIO

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TESTIMONIALS

“Michael Popke is what every editor wants out of a freelancer. He turns in clean copy, hits every deadline, and effortlessly tells a great story in the process.”

Andy Berg

Executive Editor

Athletic Business magazine

Jon Konarske

Publisher 

In Business magazine

“Mike is our go-to writer for special projects. Whether they involve one or 10 sources, he consistently meets deadlines, favorably represents In Business with clients, and is a nice guy who is easy to work with. Our entire team — editors, designers, and sales staff — appreciate Mike's professionalism and work ethic.”
“Michael is a true professional.
He quickly grasps your vision
and consistently delivers
high-quality material within deadlines. He is one of the true wordsmiths left, and it's a pleasure to work with him.”

Iannick Di Sanza
Marketing Coordinator

Beynon Sports/FieldTurf

Jared Fish

Account Executive

AQUA magazine 

“Mike is the best. Not only does he produce great work, but his personality, work ethic, flexibility, and attitude give me a real sense of peace when he's on the project. I can't recommend him highly enough.”
"I cannot stress enough
the skill of Mike Popke, nor
his ability to find solutions that work." 

Mary Helen Sprecher

Managing Editor

Sports Destination

Management magazine 

 

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