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About Me

Frank S. Costanza has devoted the past two decades of his life to community journalism, including 15 years as editor of an award-winning weekly newspaper covering the world-famous Hamptons on the East End of Long Island, New York.

As much as his life has changed over that span—Frank fell in love, married his soulmate and fell in love twice more thanks to his two wonderful daughters—his passion has remained steadfast, surpassed only by his excitement to start down a new career path as a freelance writer and editor. 

He launched his own business, Second Stanza Media, www.secondstanzamedia.com, a full-service communications and media company, shortly after relocating from New York to the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family.

His company provides freelance writing, editing, ghostwriting, copy editing and proofreading services to meet the specified needs of clients. Frank has since expanded his professional portfolio to include branded content, corporate storytelling, blogging, and content writing for websites.

Frank is a graduate of Boston University, and holds his master's degree in print journalism. He loves — and misses — watching professional hockey, and always enjoys discussing, debating and, of course, drinking bourbon. 

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My Writing Samples

High Spirits

An in-depth article focusing on a longtime Sagaponack, New York, potato farmer's decision to begin distilling his own spirts, including bourbon.


11 Travel Hacks Experienced International Business Travelers Use

A breezy and informative article, presented in "listicle" form, that offers insightful tips that could potentially save hours of aggravation for both novice and longtime international business travelers.


Peaches And Smalls

A blog entry that attempts to explain the close friendship between two individuals who never met in person following one's tragic death.


Adirondack-Inspired Home Headlines Annual House Tour

A glimpse inside one of the best-kept secrets in the Hamptons real estate market.


The Royals: A Band With A Loyal Following

An in-depth feature focusing on one of the Long Island's oldest bands.


Artists Who Love Working Inside The Box

A fresh perspective on one of the most popular fundraisers in the Hamptons — one that benefits East End Hospice.




Our weekly newspapers won scores of New York State Press Association awards during my tenure, frequently winning top honors in many fields and consistently placing in the top three of some of the state’s most competitive categories, including the Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence that closely evaluates a newspaper based on its design, editorial content and effectiveness in accurately reporting and conveying the news.

Company: The Southampton Press Western Edition

I worked there from 10/2003 until 5/2018


Owner of a full-service communications and media company that offers freelance writing, editing, copy editing and proofreading services. Additional services include content writing for websites, contractual editing and research, branded content, ghostwriting, data processing, blogging, and photography.

Company: Second Stanza Media

I worked there from 6/2018 until now


Led a small staff on a weekly newspaper covering the south shore of Brookhaven Town, one of the largest municipalities in New York State.

Company: The Long Island Advance

I worked there from 11/1998 until 10/2003

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