Writings & Photography of Jim Murtagh

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The Writings & Photography of Jim Murtagh

my Bio

"Written By" - what a magical pair of words! My first "written by" appeared in The Bass Anglers of Rockland County four page monthly newsletter when I was about 14 years old. It was, and still is, exhilarating to see my name in print. I can hardly contain my excitement when an article gets published.

My style has remained pretty consistent throughout my career. I try to engage my reader through descriptive language and photography, so that they can share the excitement and awe that constantly fills me as I experience the outdoors. I am a firm believer that it is beneficial for a person to venture out in the dark, stand in freezing rain, and watch salamanders emerge from their winter dens to begin their spring migration ritual. Equally important, everyone needs to dig for quahog clams in the sand with their toes, chase a monarch butterfly, tag a horseshoe crab, and watch a baby bird leap from its nest.

When a family decides to try geocaching, or a dad takes his kids clamming, because they read one of my stories, I am filled with joy.

My Writing and Photography Credits

I started publishing in my youth and I still love to write. I keep a digital voice recorder in my pocket to capture my thoughts whenever inspiration strikes. Photography became a natural companion to my writing and the two are now inseparable. My use of video for creating documentaries is increasing. From my first professional job as a technical writer crafting user manuals for a software developer, to my current work as an instructional technologist and developer, trying to explain complex issues in easy to understand terms has been a focus of my work, whether I accomplish this in print, video or with digital tools like eLearning activities. The satisfaction I receive from helping others learn has never diminished throughout my life. It's my motivation!

I had the fortunate opportunity to work for three years at a weekly newspaper writing a nature column and taking sports photos. My work is primarily freelance these days. I don't keep track, but I have over a 100 publishing credits for writing and twice that for photography. The list below are organizations or publications that have featured my writing or photography.

  • Emotions, Technology, Design and Learning 1st Edition
  • Birds & Blooms Magazine
  • Connecticut Wildlife Magazine
  • CT Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mystic Aquarium & Institute For Exploration
  • A Place Called Hope
  • Guiding Eyes For The Blind
  • Guilford Public Schools
  • CT Farm Bureau
  • Shore Line Times
  • Branford Review
  • Pictorial Gazette
  • Clinton Recorder
  • East Haven Advertiser
  • Southern CT Conference
  • Fish Finder Magazine
  • Sullivan County Sportsman's Guide
  • Lewisburg Merchant
  • Guilford Fund For Education
  • Pentax of America
  • Audubon Society - Menunkatuck



  • Master of Educational Technology
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
  • Technology Integration Graduate Certificate
  • Professional Culinary Training Program


  • Google Certified Trainer
  • Google Apps Certified Administrator
  • Google Essential Apps Certified Educator
  • Google for Education Chromebooks Certificate

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Jim Murtagh