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Dan S

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Last Login 9/28/2016
Location Schaumburg, IL
Education Masters Degree
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Summary of Experience
Dan has worked with computers for most of his life. He taught himself to program in TI-BASIC and HTML by reverse-engineering code at the age of 14. He has expanded his programming background into C++, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, PHP, Velocity, MySQL and XML over the years and continues to learn and master new languages. His interest in technology actually drove him to enter the Journalism field to help people understand how to use technology. While majoring in Journalism, Dan took a job as a reporter where he got his first taste of the news industry. Dan started to carve himself a niche as a web editor and web producer when he realized that Journalism was becoming increasingly intertwined with web technologies. Dan has worked as a reporter, assignment editor, web editor, and web producer within college and small-market newspaper and Television newsrooms. Currently, he is employed as a full-time web developer on the corporate level for a Television media company, but enjoys keeping his Journalism skills up-to-date through freelance work.
Specialties
Dan specializes in anything related to the technology industry from explaining how to adjust settings in an office suite to explaining how a computer microprocessor caches data to more efficiently process data. From Dan's perspective, no concept is too simple or too complicated to explain.
Interests
While Dan loves computers and other technology, he is also interested in writing, the news industry, music appreciation, music theory, string instruments, film, the arts, soccer, and hockey. Often to his family's dismay, Dan's also a fan of DIY projects.
Education
Northern Illinois University Aug 2008 – May 2010
Communication Studies, M.A.

Dan received his master's degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Journalism from Northern Illinois University in 2010. He attended on a tuition waiver and served as the graduate assistant for the broadcast Journalism program where he taught lab class. Dan also worked as a web editor and an entertainment columnist for the student newspaper during his graduate studies. Dan's graduation-required scholarly paper covered word-selection for rhetorical analysis of RIAA and EFF press releases during the music piracy explosion in the early 00s.


Northern Illinois University Aug 2003 – May 2008
Journalism, English, Communication, B.A.

Dan graduated Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with a major in Journalism and minors in English and Communication. During his time at NIU, he wrote as a reporter for the student newspaper.


Honors and Awards
Graduate Assistant of the Year May 2010
Dan was recognized by the Northern Television Center for his contributions to student enrichment and broadcasts during his time as a graduate assistant.

Campus Reporter of the Year May 2008
Dan was recognized for his outstanding contributions to University Government and the NIU school shooting coverage as a campus reporter.

Cum Laude May 2008
Dan graduated with honors from NIU.

David Onak Scholarship May 2007
Dan won the David Onak Journalism scholarship in 2007.

Projects by Industry
Technology

Dan has written hundreds of articles explaining technology from speaker wiring to CPU architecture. His articles typically explain troubleshooting and topic overviews. If you're wondering why your computer speakers experience static right before you get a call on your cellphone or want to understand why Hyper-Threading technology makes Intel processors better for heavy computing, Dan has you covered.

Web Development

Dan has written dozens of articles on web development from how to be a better designer to how elements got their names. Dan has been developing websites for over 14 years and has widespread knowledge of the technical and practical aspects of the field.

Electronics

Dan has written hundreds of articles on electronic devices including computers, radio, speakers, and musical instruments. His long history with fixing and troubleshooting electronics is a major asset as a writer.

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Technical Writer

Dan has worked as a technical writer for freelance publications for several years providing a range of "How-to" and in-depth concept description articles. He mostly focuses on computers and gadgets in his work, but has expanded his writing background to include video and audio home appliances.

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