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Derek S received his bachelor of arts with a major in journalism and a minor in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago. He has been writing for newspapers and websites for more than a decade. Derek's work includes reporting, opinion writing and content creation. He currently writes and edits blogs, articles and website content for clients across the country.
Derek S was born and raised in the Chicago area before relocating in 2011 to Austin, Texas. He is an avid fan of Sudoku and New York Times crossword puzzles. When Derek is not reading or writing about the news, he is usually rooting for one of his "Four Bs": the Blackhawks, Braves, Bears or Bulls. Derek married his lovely wife Tara in October 2012, and they have two dogs, a cat and a pair of fish.
Columbia College Chicago Feb 2004 – May 2006
Journalism, Fiction Writing, Bachelor of Arts -- News Writing & Reporting

Derek S completed his college studies at Columbia College Chicago in the South Loop of the Windy City. As a full-time student, he also served as Commentary Editor for the school's award-winning student newspaper, The Columbia Chronicle.

Honors and Awards
Second Place, Best Editorial Section (Non-dailies over 4,000) The Commentary section Derek S edited, laid out and contributed written pieces to at The Columbia Chronicle, the student newspaper of Columbia College Chicago, received second place from the Illinois College Press Association during the organization's annual ceremony.

First Place, Arts & Entertainment Writing Derek S received first place in Arts & Entertainment Writing during the Illinois Community College Journalism Association's annual ceremony. The organization reviewed work from about 25 junior colleges, and Derek was recognized for movie reviews he wrote for the Elgin Community College Observer, the school's student newspaper.

Outstanding Member Derek S was recognized by Elgin Community College as an Outstanding Member or a student organization for his work on the school's student newspaper, The Elgin Community College Observer.

Projects by Industry

Derek S has more than a decade of experience of writing award-winning film reviews for multiple print and online publications. He has also written about concerts, plays and other local events. Derek has contributed entertainment pieces to a variety of publications, and his experience also includes years of editorial responsibility for arts and features coverage. He writes about movies, television, music and books.


Derek S has written news stories, features and blog posts about multiple health and wellness issues. Some of his work has included pieces about traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, prescription drugs and addiction. Derek's work has appeared online and in publications for audiences in California, Illinois, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Tennessee.


Derek S has authored humor pieces for a number of websites. His work has included blog posts and essays specializing in satire and criticism of public figures. Derek enjoys writing to take aim at examples of hypocrisy from celebrities and companies. Some of his previously published work was shared by large audiences on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.


Derek S has written website content, blogs and press releases about various legal topics for law firms across the country. He has experience authoring pieces about personal injury claims, class action lawsuits and commercial litigation. Derek currently researches and writes blog posts and content pages for several law firms across the country.


Derek S has written several articles involving news coverage of political events as well as opinion pieces. Derek's work has ranged from reflecting his individual feelings to reflecting the views of editorial boards of the newspapers he worked at. His work has touched on topics relating to coverage of national and local political issues, including general elections, court cases and other issues in the news.


Derek S received his bachelor of arts in journalism with a concentration on sports writing and reporting. He has covered numerous live games, interviewed coaches and athletes, and written commentaries and previews for major sporting events. Derek's published work includes pieces about high school and college games, as well as articles about the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB.


Derek S has written business stories and features for multiple newspapers and websites. His work has included various interviews and intensive research for profiles of small businesses with a handful of employees and stories about larger companies with hundreds of workers. Derek's work has included stories about businesses in such areas as Illinois, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana.

Projects by SEO Skill
SEO Keyword Requirements

Derek S has gained several years of experience in utilizing specific SEO keywords in blogs, content pages and press releases for hundreds of clients. His work has helped clients improve search engine rankings and reach more clients. Derek also adheres to best SEO practices by placing the terms or phrases in the titles of his pieces, ensuring that they are within the first 100 characters and limiting the overall keyword usage.

Link Building

Derek S has years of experience helping clients cultivate traffic for their websites by building quality links that send regular, valuable visitors. More often than not, this requires screening of websites to ensure that they will provide authority links of high quality and merit, without linking the clients to spam that may ultimately hurt their search engine rankings.

Projects by Asset Type
Web Page

Derek S has written content for multiple websites, including many small businesses and multiple law firms across the country. His work has ranged from small projects that followed very specific instructions to large projects involving several pages and thorough research. Derek has written original content that appears on the homepages of companies across the nation.


Derek S has written multiple article on a variety of topics, ranging from opinion pieces to news reporting. These articles have required research, interviews and live event coverage. Derek has covered athletic contests that required keeping track of statistics, and he has also contributed to articles in which he compiled databases of information for investigative pieces.

Blog Post

Derek S has been writing blog posts for several years, and he has been authoring regular blog posts for clients across the country since 2011. At times this has involved finding topics, conducting research and authoring as many as five original blog posts a week for up to 10 clients. Derek is familiar with such blogging platforms as WordPress, Blogspot and Tumblr.

Press Release

Derek S has authored press releases for clients across the nation. While many of these involved specific requests from individuals or companies, others were part of contractual agreements that required Derek to come up with a topic and gain client approval. Many of the press releases were ultimately picked up by local news outlets and other websites.

News Story

As a journalism major and freelance writer for local newspapers, Derek S has used his news writing and reporting experience to cover several types of events. His past assignments have included town meetings, speaker presentations and numerous sporting events. Much of Derek's current work blogging for clients around the nation relies heavily on writing about events in the news.

Projects By Expertise

Derek has had multiple editorial roles in his career. He has overseen the arts and entertainment department of one student newspaper, and served as the editor of the commentary page for another student newspaper. At his current job, Derek assists in online marketing for law firms around the country by editing the blog posts, articles and press releases of multiple writers.


Derek majored in journalism at Columbia College Chicago, and his first job after graduation was freelancing for a local weekly newspaper owned by the Chicago Sun-Times. During this time, he covered many high school sporting events, interviewed local athletes and coaches, and also covered other smaller events such as school board meetings and educational seminars.

Projects by Writing Style

Derek S has been appointed to several positions because of his knack for writing in a conversational tone. In college, two student newspapers chose him to be the publication's official Movie Critic because of his distinct voice. On another student newspaper, he was named the Commentary Editor and was entrusted with the responsibility of authoring editorials that reflected the views of the staff as well as writing columns with his own byline. He continues to gain social media followers on other platforms by engaging people with his tone.


Since graduating college, Derek S has worked multiple jobs that have required familiarity with Associated Press Style. News writing remains the predominant style in most of Derek's writing, with a concentration on a strong lede and an inverted pyramid style of assembling facts. He remains committed to thorough research, accurate quotes and asking provocative questions.

Projects by Company Size
Small Business

Derek S has worked for startup companies with only a handful of employees. His experience with these small businesses has involved not only regular written content contributions, but also increased editorial responsibilities and input about management strategies. Derek's current full-time job is with a small business that employs roughly 25 people in Austin, Texas.

Large Business

Derek S has worked for a variety of large companies, ranging from multinational corporations to regional operations with several thousand employees. While living in Chicago, he was a freelance writer for the Sun-Times Media Group, with some pieces published in local weekly newspapers throughout suburbs in Illinois. Derek has also worked for other businesses that were headquartered out of state.


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