The JTP Experience In My Eyes

I've learnt enough from my time in JTP to feel I should continue and still learn more.

What did I learn through the JTP? That’s a tough question to answer, at least one written down. I learned plenty about SEO, the gaming community, my style of writing and how to improve it, and the writers who, like me, came to the JTP searching for some more knowledge of the games journalism world.

I’ll start with the brilliant writers I’ve met along the way. These are some of the kindest, most helpful individuals who genuinely know and love their craft. They strive each day to better their writing and make a name for themselves in the gaming industry, which is a cutthroat place. Plenty of them are doing just fine and will continue to do fine, if not better.

I’ve made plenty of friends during this period, some of which will continue after the JTP comes to a close this week. While I haven’t had the pleasure of playing any games with anyone quite yet, I’ve learnt a lot and received plenty of help from these people as well as had some odd conversations. Goats have been circulating for quite some time.

The feedback I have received on my work in these past few weeks has earned me some new skills with my writing, plenty on SEO, topic choice, editorials and more. Thanks to the work Katy did with me I am more confident in my writing and with the topics I put stock in. I carefully select the right work that will make an impact with the community. While I can always improve upon this, and intend to, I feel I did quite well getting a grasp on it.

Don't mind the images, they're random.

In my time in the JTP, I may not have received the most views or comments, but I’m pretty sure I made some waves in the gaming community. My Titanfall rant earned me plenty of hate-fueled comments and began a war between two sides of the gaming community. With around 400 comments and counting between GameSkinny and N4G, I am quite proud of what I accomplished there.

Coming in as a news writer, I focused far too much on that during my time in JTP. I’ve begun to come up with more ideas for good editorials and will continue to do so. Editorials are fresh and unique and will lead to more readers in the end.

I’ve decided to continue with the next JTP.

I feel I’ve learned plenty here in these eight weeks and can only learn more in the next one. I hope to see more writers looking for a start in the games journalism world take this shot now.

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Published Mar. 17th 2014
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Looking forward to reading more of your editorial articles and seeing where the new focus takes you, Brandon!
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    Great read!
  • MandieM
    Featured Correspondent

    Nice to meet you, Brandon :)

    *inserts a goat when you aren't looking
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Can I just say that I'm unspeakably happy that Goat Simulator has become the designated inside joke?

    So serious it's not even funny.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    As for your Titanfall piece-

    If you continue to pursue a career in gaming journalism, you will soon realize that success doesn't - unfortunately - rely entirely on talent or professionalism. In the online world, the only thing that matters is the ability to get people talking, and to keep people coming back (to you or your site or both).

    Sure, many gamers love well-written, thoughtful pieces. Then again, those aren't always the ones that hit the top of the Google search pages or N4G. The controversial ones get the most traffic; it's a standard rule. So, you'll have to walk that fine line between professional journalist and pandering. I know that may sound a little cynical but trust me, that's how the Internet world works.

    Your Titanfall piece was a success, and not because it was especially well-researched or well-written. That is NOT an insult (I thought it was quite good); my point is that it was a success because it created a controversy in the reading public and THAT'S how you make your mark. Also, as you probably already noticed, news will only get you so far, unless you're the first to break it.

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