“D(aniel) Wilson Online” is the online journalism portfolio for Daniel Wilson, a Sacramento journalist looking for full-time work covering news, general human interest stories or tech/video games.
Who is Daniel Wilson?
Hi, my name is Daniel Wilson and I am pursuing my Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a minor in Communications Studies at California State University, Sacramento. I will complete my program and graduate in the fall of 2018.
In May 2016, I earned my Associate of Arts degree in journalism from Sacramento City Community College. I am currently freelancing, working three part-time jobs in journalism and communications and pursuing part-time or full-time work as a reporter.
What are you currently doing in the field of journalism and beyond?
I am currently employed with the McClatchy Company as a sports desk/agate clerk. I design scoreboard pages for the Sacramento Bee, including the daily print scoreboard. I also produce weekly and daily TV sports schedules for the Bee and assist with other tasks, as needed.
Additionally, I am a freelance reporter with the West Sacramento News-Ledger, covering news, events and local government. I work part-time for Visit California (a contract position) – the state’s travel and tourism marketing organization – managing its online digital asset management system (WebDAM).
Prior to my current position with VCA, I completed a one-year paid internship (in 2014) through Sac State’s University Enterprises in the organization’s communications department, which exposed me to a related field I hadn’t otherwise experienced and helped me gain a plethora of skills that I may not have learned elsewhere (see “skills and experience” section).
Lastly, I run the social media channels for The Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza (includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more) and design/produce its quarterly employee newsletter.
What have you done in the past in the field of journalism?
I have held several positions for newspaper publications since getting involved with journalism in the early 2000s. In addition to currently freelancing for the West Sacramento News-Ledger, I was most recently a news reporter for The State Hornet, the student-run campus newspaper at CSU, Sacramento.
Prior positions include editor-in-chief, online editor-in-chief, contributing editor, online news editor, print news editor and staff writer for Sacramento City College’s student-run newspaper, the Express and editor-in-chief, managing editor and staff writer for Sacramento City College’s student-run magazine, Mainline. Furthermore, I won several awards and scholarships throughout my time on these publications.
In high school, I held positions as editor-in-chief, news editor and staff writer for River City High School’s campus newspaper, The Review, which was published monthly in the West Sacramento News-Ledger.
What other journalism and/or communications skills and experience do you have?
In addition to my journalism skills, which include proficiency in reporting, writing, editing, use of AP Style and a vast knowledge of journalism practices, ethics and more, I’ve picked up many skills and abilities in my 17+ years working in and around the industry.
In 2014, during my internship with Visit California’s communications department, I applied my journalism skills in editing, writing and working with PowerPoint and Excel; creating and editing HTML-based web pages; creating, editing and publishing the organization’s monthly business-to-business e-newsletter; and drafting, editing and copyediting documents and various industry publications.
I was an intern editor for America’s Comedy (a now defunct, Sacramento-based comedy news site), I run my own video game news website and I have designed and edited newsletters via Microsoft Publisher, examples of which can be found on this portfolio.
Other skills include: basic photography skills, some experience with InDesign and PhotoShop, print and online budgeting and planning, proficiency with online platforms such as WordPress, and basic-to-advanced skills in many other related areas.
What drives you to succeed?
I pride myself on being able to easily adapt to new situations and tasks as well as being able to learn new skills quickly. I keep my writing skills as diversified as possible and can write in just about any style and genre. The general feedback I’ve received, based on my work, is that I’m most skilled at writing news and human interest stories, but if I were to ever write for a niche category at a publication, I would probably want to focus on technology, entertainment or video games.
One of the many things that attracts me to journalism is the ability to experience and report on many different subjects. The people I’ve met, the events I’ve attended and the many media-related experiences I’ve had would never have been possible without journalism.
I enjoy fast-paced, deadline-driven environments and I’m always ready to face a new challenge. Given an opportunity to bring my skills to any organization, I am determined to accomplish every task set in front of me in an efficient, timely manner that goes above and beyond expectations.
What are your career goals in the near future?
The highest priority for me at this point is to finish college, but I’m also looking for freelance and intern work so I can continue to grow my portfolio and skill set. I am open to part-time or full-time positions as well, as long as they do not interfere with finishing my course work.
Ideally, I would like to work in a role as a digital content producer or as a beat writer for a local media organization, preferably in the Sacramento region, as I’ve lived in the area my entire life and I feel there’s no place quite like it.
How can I learn more about you and/or get in contact with you?
This portfolio should tell you everything you need to know about me, but please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Please, take a few moments to view my resume, work samples and the various publications on which I’ve worked to really get a feel for what I can bring to the table.
I am always open to new opportunities, so please feel free to reach out. Thank you for viewing my portfolio, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.