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! For the past year, on top of writing news stories every day, I have hosted interviews with developers and PR representatives, lead creative group projects (like Gaming Trend's Game of the Year Awards), regularly produced and co-hosted Gaming Trend's weekly news podcast (the GT Reboot), 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've made an effort to try on many hats within the outlet; I've had a great time doing so!

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 GT Reboot or my Hearthstone strategy podcast, the Mana Drop (Hearthstone is kind of my thing at the moment). 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.

Writing about video games, TV, and culture has been an exciting adventure, but for me it's secondary—an auxiliary craft used to do what I love most: meet new folks and form connections. Games have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and the memories I most cherish with games are those I share with others; whether it's with my brothers playing Super Mario World, my college friends playing Slayer on Battle Creek, or a complete stranger as we group up on the Payload. (No more references. Promise.) I hope to form more connections through these experiences we share. To inform my readers. To help players better understand and appreciate their own reactions to games.

That's about it! 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).