During my first semester of graduate school at Temple University, I was given the opportunity to intern with SEO Digital Group and transition to their freelance writing team in January 2021.
Some of my duties as a freelance writer include researching assigned topics, formatting content on WordPress, embedding related images from social media websites, linking to other relevant blog posts, and auditing content with Frase.io to increase traffic.
My work can be found on YeahWeddings and Pizzaware under my legal name.
During the summer between my junior and senior year of university, I pitched to Flip Screen and Scratch Cinema to gain experience with writing about movies.
When contributing to these student-run publications, my main responsibilities involved researching the film’s history, analyzing its visual and verbal symbolism, and justifying my personal appreciation or criticism of the movie.
As a senior at Salve Regina University, I enrolled in a Feature Writing class that focused on creating content for digital and print magazines.
The topics of these articles were chosen by me and approved by my professor. This content has not been published elsewhere but has been included in my portfolio to demonstrate my researching, fact-checking, and interviewing skills.
This section of my portfolio is dedicated to topics outside of film analysis with websites that have not hired me as a full-time or freelance writer.
Any content that has been published before 2019 was created under another pseudonym before I decided using my current pen name.
Scratch Cinema was established in May of 2019 by university students who share a love for films and want to gain experience towards professionally writing about them. I acted as an editor for Scratch Cinema from July 2019 to October 2019.
Some of my responsibilities as an editor include correcting any grammatical or spelling errors, reducing any redundant word choice, creating more sentence variety, and fact-checking.
The following list includes a few of the film analyses that I’ve personally edited for the website. While they do not necessarily reflect my own opinions, they remain in compliance with Scratch Cinema’s administrative rules.
This assignment was written about a socially relevant issue that could be discussed through people affected by the problem and explained by an expert source.
“The only real world violence that you’ll find from video games is if you hit me hard enough over the head with an Xbox or Playstation.” John Waldman, an avid gamer who has already burned through twelve hours of Halo: The Master Chief Collection despite being released just two days ago, says in response to the everlasting controversy concerning his favorite hobby.
Waldman was introduced to his favorite pastime at the age of four with Pokemon Blue by his older brother Adam who already owned the franchise’s trading cards and action figures. As a twenty-two year old Biology student at Millersville University who is graduating at the end of 2019, he frequently plays to de-stress from his intensive exams and three-hour labs.
“The appealing part of video games is how they make you feel so powerful while gaining instantaneous feedback.” Waldman explains in comparison to other types of work where he fails to see results after a short period of time. He doesn’t see his part-time job earnings until payday and doesn’t receive the grades on his projects for weeks. Role-playing games allow him to experiment with multiple personalities, embodying a type of confidence that he might naturally lack, while not facing any consequences if he chooses to be mean to other characters.
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