As a trained journalist, he is most proficient writing articles and blog posts, although he is open and willing to adapt to most other forms of writing. He is also experienced with creative writing and enjoys taking skills from that medium and integrating them, when relevant, into his other work.
Engaging with pop culture, reading about heroes of both the fictional and non-fictional variety, slaying virtual dragons, avoiding Internet comments, etc.
Relevant Coursework: Beat Reporting, Newswriting and Reporting, Feature Writing, Magazine Writing and Editing, Creative Writing, etc.
Extracurricular Activities: The Quad (online magazine), Stage Troupe (theatre group), I Embrace You (goodwill organization)
His knack for exploration unexpectedly landed him in the niche of writing about other niches, specifically hobbies in the genre of all things "geek." Over the past three years, Jon Erik has reported on multiple comics conventions (including New York Comic Con), has interviewed dozens of artists and writers, and has written over fifty pieces on comics.
Alternative artwork, gaming, tabletop games, and other related topics all fall under Jon Erik's purview.
Although not an expert in the humor "industry" per se, he enjoys lacing humor through his writing when the opportunity calls for it.
In his long-running review column of the television show "Glee," Jon Erik delivered critical analysis with humorous comparisons, observations, and anecdotes. In a Q&A article with the writers behind a web series about newlyweds, he conducted part of the interview as if it were "The Newlywed Game." Humor lightens the tone for both readers and subjects alike.
An aficionado of modern pop culture, he also has much experience with entertainment writing. He has written dozens of pieces on television, film, theatre, and web series, including interviews, previews, reviews, and analysis. From indie work to mainstream, there are few facets of media that Jon Erik lacks experience with.
As an avid Facebook user for the past 8 years, Jon Erik estimates that he's composed a large novel's worth of writing in Facebook statuses, comments, and blog post-like "notes" on just his personal account.
In addition to using Facebook socially, he has also managed the Facebook page for his university's student magazine. He knows how to attract new readers, manage interest, and maintain a professional yet engaging voice on the social media platform.
As a jack-of-all trades regarding online writing, Jon Erik has written his fair number of web page pieces. On WriterAccess, he has composed website biographies, company emails, informative articles, and various types of web copy. Outside of WriterAccess, he wrote and curated pages of web copy for his university magazine.
On the day Jon Erik decided to pursue a degree in journalism, he knew that it would practically be a graduation requirement for him to get a Twitter account. Writing visibility depends on it.
As a four-year Twitter user with nearly three hundred followers, he knows to succinctly communicate ideas with panache. He has also managed the Twitter account for his university magazine, an account followed by nearly 2,000 people.
As a journalist, Jon Erik's immediate basis for work is through writing articles. His wheelhouse includes breaking news articles, magazine articles, feature articles, and more. With a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism from Boston University, he is formally trained in how to write professional articles for a variety of formats.
A sizable portion of Jon Erik's portfolio includes blog posts; they are a cornerstone of modern writing online. He has written dozens of blog posts, many through his comic book column and television review column. He is also proficient with several blogging formats, including Blogspot, WordPress, Tumblr, LiveJournal, and more.
With his extensive work in the Thomson Reuters Foundation office, at various Boston University publications, and in many journalism classes, Jon Erik's forte is in the news story. Interviewing, data gathering, fact checking, and assembling the information in a timely manner are all integral and familiar skills on his newswriting wheelhouse.