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Dan S
Writer #8947
Schaumburg, IL
Joined 3/9/2014
4 Star Rating
100% Success
101 Projects
5 Endorsements
2 Elite Skills
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.
Electronics

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

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.

Northern Illinois University

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.

Electronics

101 Projects Completed

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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