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Finding A Home in GameSkinny's JTP

My wonderful experience with JTP.

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I've been writing since high school and it's what I've always wanted to do--write in some arena. I also love my video games. Not once in my life did I ever think of combining these two loves until GameSkinny.

I'm a published author of poetry and short stories. I'm also a photographer, artist, avid gamer and huge nerd. Journalist was never an occupation I considered until last year after a friend convinced me I'd be great at it. Knowing I had no journalist experience wouldn't make it easy to find a job somewhere, not to mention I'm not one for politics or the crime beat. Gaming journalism seemed like an elite institution in of itself with the who's who of IGN and those like Jessica Chobot.

Then while on Twitter, I responded to tweet on GameSkinny's feed, ended up in an email chat and the rest is history. Where did it lead? GameSkinny's Journalist Training Program.

I can't express how grateful I am for the wonderful opportunity I was given but most of all, how grateful I am to have found another home. I love writing poetry and I love gaming journalism too. It's the best of both worlds for someone like me; writing and gaming, gaming and writing--what isn't there to love? Now, don't get me wrong, it's not all sunshine and rainbows--far from. Gaming journalism is a lot of work. The JTP has taught me every bit of it and it's all thanks to the Program Director Katy Hollingsworth. She is amazing and I love her death!

I've also met some wonderful and very talented people here as well. Writers like Stephanie Tang, Kate Reynolds, John Pinnick, Mary Yeager, Jay Ricciardi, Amanda Wallace and Lauren Puga. All whom I would've never probably met if not for JTP. You don't just gain knowledge, you gain friendships. Isn't that also important in today's world?

JTP is my second home and that is meant affectionately. Every day is a work day but it's one that is enjoyed. Everything I've learned, from picking out keywords, writing game guides thanks to Ashley Shankle, to timing on an article, has been valuable knowledge to me. I've had some great interviews thanks to my experience through GameSkinny and I wouldn't trade it for anything. 

So what are you waiting for?

Originally Published Apr. 25th 2014

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  • 16
    Delta Squad Reaper 6 months ago
    Correspondent
    Sucks I missed the last seven weeks of the first part, but I am back. Maybe not in JTP, but I will continue to work and hope to land a position that way. It was great meeting you and the others.
    Last edited 6 months ago
  • 60
    Venisia Gonzalez 6 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    I hope to see you again. I left you a comment on your article.
  • 31
    Lauren Puga 6 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    D'aw! <3
  • 60
    Venisia Gonzalez 6 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    :)
  • 66
    Ashley SSS 6 months ago
    Associate Editor
    Come get hugs Venisia. I love yoooou!
  • 60
    Venisia Gonzalez 6 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    I love you too Ashley!
  • 53
    Mary Yeager 6 months ago
    Senior Intern
    You're awesome too, Ven!
  • 60
    Venisia Gonzalez 6 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    You're the best Mary!
  • 53
    Mary Yeager 6 months ago
    Senior Intern
    I need a like button or something. lol
  • 60
    Venisia Gonzalez 6 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    <3
  • 32
    Elijah Beahm 6 months ago
    Contributor
    Already done! Applied for the Fall sessions, hopefully will get in.
  • 60
    Venisia Gonzalez 6 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    Awesome! Hope to see you there!

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