My name is Daniel Wilson and I am pursuing my Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a minor in communication studies at California State University, Sacramento. My goal is to graduate in the spring of 2019. In May, I earned my Associate’s degree in journalism from Sacramento City Community College.
I am currently working with the West Sacramento News-Ledger as a freelance journalist. I’m also currently working in a paid part-time role with the Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza to run the company’s social media platform on Facebook. Lastly, I work on a part-time contract basis for Visit California – the state’s travel and tourism marketing organization – managing its online digital asset management system. Prior to my current positions, I completed a one-year paid internship through Sac State’s University Enterprises in the communications department at Visit California. Before that, I worked in retail for over eight years.
I have held several positions for newspaper publications. I am currently a news reporter for The State Hornet, the student-run campus newspaper at Sac State. Past roles 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 managing editor, staff writer and editor-in-chief for Sacramento City College’s student-run magazine, Mainline.
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 local West Sacramento publication, The News-Ledger.
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.
Additionally, 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.
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.
One of the many things that attracts me to journalism is the ability to experience and report on a plethora of subjects dealing with the human condition. The people I’ve met, the events I’ve attended and the experiences in which I’ve participated would never have been possible without journalism.
I enjoy fast-paced, deadline-driven environments and I am eager to work in the field of journalism and/or communications, public information or public relations. I am ready and willing, if given an opportunity to bring my skills to your organization and to accomplish every task set in front of me in an efficient, timely manner that goes above and beyond expectations.
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.Ideally, I would like to work in a role as a digital content producer or as a beat writer for a local media organization. I’ve lived in Sacramento all my life and I absolutely adore the community.
This portfolio will tell you everything you need to know about me, but please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any questions. Please, take a few moments to view my resume, work samples and the various publications on which I’ve worked and let me know what you think. I am currently seeking employment, so please feel free to inquire with me about any opportunities you may have available.