Writing Bio

I have been writing all my life, but my work as a freelancer in games media began over two years ago. Under the guidance of Jay Ricciardi and Auverin Morrow, I completed an internship at GameSkinny.com in December of 2015 and went on to find work writing game reviews for sites like TheVideoGames.co and IGCritic.com. During that time, I started ScreenWatchers.net, a blog to showcase my writing and a home for The ScreenWatchers Podcast. Through working on my blog and producing the podcast—which my friends were kind enough to participate in—I learned about working with online tools, got my hands dirty with various audio, visual, and video editing software, all while building up my portfolio.

In the summer of 2016, I applied for a job opening at Gaming Trend for Lead News Editor. After contributing some work to the site and getting to know the crew there, I landed the gig! On top of writing news stories every day for a year, I hosted interviews with developers and PR representatives, lead creative group projects, produced and co-hosted Gaming Trend's weekly news podcast, covered events like E3 and PSX both remotely and from the show floor, and created video content for Gaming Trend's YouTube channel. It's a small team at Gaming Trend (mostly comprised of volunteer writers), so I made an effort to try on many hats within the outlet.

I am always looking for freelance work, so feel free to give me a holler via email or on Twitter. If you don't have work for me, give me a buzz anyway! Maybe you'd like to make an appearance on either the Gaming Trend Podcast. Or maybe you'd like to have a chat about video games, books, TV and other cool stuff; that's fine, too! I'm quick to respond to messages, and I'm a fan of meeting people.

Below you'll find some of my published work and my work resume. Once more, if you want to get in touch with me, send me an email (declara@gamingtrend.com) or give me a shout on Twitter (@joeydagobonuts).

Features & Interviews

How Celeste composer Lena Raine came up with Madeline's theme - http://gamingtrend.com/feature/podcasts/gaming-trend-podcast-behind-the-music-of-celeste-lena-raine-interview/

How Hearthstone's esports leads learned from the World Series of Poker - http://gamingtrend.com/feature/interviews/how-hearthstones-esports-leads-learned-from-the-world-series-of-poker/

Blizzard leads on Kobolds and Catacombs' new single-player mode, Dungeon Runhttp://gamingtrend.com/feature/podcasts/gaming-trend-podcast-special-guests-from-hearthstones-esports-and-solo-adventures-teams/

Composer Jon Everist discusses his music from the Shadowrun serieshttp://gamingtrend.com/feature/podcasts/gaming-trend-podcast-composer-jon-everist-interview/

A Store of Fire and Dice: Long Island's Gaming Hub - http://www.gameskinny.com/uz80n/a-store-of-fire-and-dice-long-islands-gaming-hub


Gaming Trend News Editor portfolio - http://gamingtrend.com/author/jdeclara/

PUBG creator calls out streamer for violent jokehttp://gamingtrend.com/news/pubg-creator-calls-out-streamer-for-violent-joke/

Hearthstone streamer disenchants cards for over 600K dust - http://gamingtrend.com/news/hearthstone-pro-disenchants-cards-for-over-600k-dust/

Journalists react to Bethesda's new policy on review copies - http://gamingtrend.com/2016/10/25/bethesda-will-not-provide-early-review-copies-for-dishonored-2-or-skyrim-special-edition/

The Last Guardian - conflicting stories - http://www.gameskinny.com/9ez65/why-you-wont-see-much-more-of-the-last-guardian

No Man's Sky - What you need to know at launch - http://gamingtrend.com/2016/08/08/no-mans-sky-what-you-need-to-know-at-launch/

Nintendo Switch reveal - http://gamingtrend.com/video-post/nintendo-reveals-its-next-console-called-the-nintendo-switch/

New Mario game featured in Nintendo Switch reveal trailer - http://gamingtrend.com/2016/10/20/new-mario-game-featured-in-nintendo-switch-reveal-trailer/

Titanfall 2 single-player trailer features lots of wall-running - http://gamingtrend.com/video-post/titanfall-2-single-player-trailer-features-lots-of-wall-running/

Kojima Game Awards story http://www.gameskinny.com/bt3cu/konami-bans-kojima-from-appearing-at-game-awards

Batman: Arkham Knight issues - http://www.gameskinny.com/s8rbn/batman-arkham-knight-still-broken-after-pc-relaunch


Fans waited weeks in line for Nintendo Switch Launch NYC http://gamingtrend.com/2017/03/07/126506/


PAX East 2016 Interviews

Prey - Review discussion - http://gamingtrend.com/2017/05/17/prey-gets-so-much-right-but-not-the-combat/

Dishonored 2 - Review in progress video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQwHjmGX-Gw