Finding A Home in GameSkinny’s JTP

My wonderful experience with JTP.

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.

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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?


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Venisia Gonzalez
Venisia is a public relations professional, video game industry contractor, published author, freelance entertainment journalist, copy editor, a co-organizer of the Latinx Games Festival, and a member of the Latinx in Gaming and the Puerto Rico Game Developers (PRGD) community. Her passion is video games. She loves the adrenaline rush from a multiplayer match and understands the frustrations of a brand-new raid. Venisia finds immense value in gaming especially in the realm of mental health.