“D(aniel) Wilson Online” is the online journalism portfolio for Daniel Wilson, a Sacramento journalist looking for full-time, part-time or freelance work covering news, general human interest stories or tech/video games.
Who is Daniel Wilson?
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, Modesto and Fresno Bee, including the daily print scoreboards and online local Sacramento scoreboard. I also produce weekly and daily TV sports schedules for The Bee and assist with other tasks, as needed. Recently, I began doing aggregate reporting for The Bee as well as running The Bee’s website and social media.
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) for its communications department.
Prior to my current position with VCA, I completed a one-year paid internship (in 2014) in the organization’s communications department, which exposed me to a journalism-related field I hadn’t otherwise experienced and helped me gain a plethora of skills that I may not have learned elsewhere.
Lastly, I run the social media channels for the Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza (2828 El Centro Road) (includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and design/produce its quarterly employee newsletter. In this position, I design graphics for the social media accounts as well as handle customer relations and marketing.
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 my freshmen year of high school in 1999. In addition to currently writing and reporting for The Sacramento Bee, freelancing for the News-Ledger of West Sacramento, I was most recently (fall of 2016) 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, 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 served 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 News-Ledger of West Sacramento.
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 18-plus years working in and around the industry.
At The Sacramento Bee, I have gained skills in working with Associated Press and other wire services, more advance social media skills and have learned to work with a diverse and challenging group of programs and software used in running online and print newspapers.
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 copy editing documents and various industry publications as well as social media posts.
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, including the use of proprietary content-management systems, online newsletter systems and web-based social and web management programs.
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 abilities 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 and 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. But most importantly, I enjoyed sharing information with the community because I feel that being informed is essential to being a contributing member of a democratic society.
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 to find a good fit at a journalism publication I can stay with on a long-term basis. Meantime, I continue to grow my portfolio and skill set as I finish up my coursework.
Ideally, I would like to work in the role of a digital content producer or as a beat writer for a local media organization. I’d preferably like to work 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 via the contact form on this site.
Thank you for viewing my portfolio, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.