Resume

e-mail: patrick.klepek@gmail.com

Profile

From a young age, I’ve looked for a way to combine my passion for video games with a livable craft. Journalism became an outlet I found quick success in, writing for magazine and online outlets as a college freshman, while studying for a print journalism degree. The degree gave me a foundation of reliable journalistic principles that I’ve been able to carry into professional video games writing.

Education

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
BA in Print Journalism, 2007

Work Experience

MTV News, San Francisco, CA
Reporter

• Regularly researched and published news ahead of the competition
• Developed stories for MTV News about mainstream subjects — Wii, music games, iPhone — while producing content aimed at hardcore video game players at MTV Multiplayer (multiplayer.mtv.com)
• Focused almost exclusively on generating daily original content, instead of rehashing PR-driven news
• Strengthened old industry relationships, forged new ones as only West Coast MTV games reporter
• Expanded community outreach through extensive use of social networking sites Twitter, Flickr

1UP.com, San Francisco, CA
News Editor
• Aggressively sought out industry relationships to drive production of new, exclusive news content
• Developed multimedia experience with regular appearances on video and audio podcasts
• Recruited, hired and maintained five writers on a daily basis
• Negotiated with management for higher pay per story for freelance writers to remain competitive
• Successfully worked remotely in Champaign, IL, while simultaneously completing college degree

1UP.com, San Francisco, CA
Editorial Intern

• Learned how to report on a familiar topic from an unfamiliar city (San Francisco vs. Chicago)
• Independently operated and organized news department prior to hiring of full-time news editor
• Continued contributing daily news content remotely after leaving internship
• Developed strategies to increase news readership (i.e. weekly news wrap up, personalized writing style,
incorporating community, news-centric audio podcast)
• Networked within office, resulting in writing opportunities at other in-house publications

Freelance Journalist, Chicago, IL
• Attended every E3 since 1999 as a working games writer
• Became assoc. news editor at 1UP while finishing college degree, contributing 6-7 articles daily
• Started writing and reporting multi-page news features for game magazines as a college sophomore
• Contributed news, reviews, previews for print publications Computer Gaming World, Electronic Gaming
Monthly, Xbox Nation and GMR, and and online publications IGN.com, 1UP.com and GameSpy.com

Skills

Experience with several CMS systems, understanding of WordPress blogging system, knowledge of various software including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, iMovie, Microsoft Office Suite, experience with Windows and Mac-based operating systems, regularly operate a digital SLR camera, can write basic HTML.

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