Here is a general cover letter for any potential employers or clients:
To whom it may concern,
My name is Maciej Duraj, or Mike, and I am a Chico State journalism (news-ed bachelors) graduate with a passion in reporting, technology, and the Web. I am looking for positions in writing, reporting, public relations or online media. I have written various stories ranging from human interest to investigative reporting, however I specialize in covering tech and have covered this topic since 2010. Some of the media and publications I contributed to includes Forbes as a contributor, Pluralsight, PC World/Macworld, Tech Times, Apple Magazine, TouchArcade and Appadvice.com.
I generally focus on emerging technology and applications. However, I also covered social networking, marketing, enterprise along with B2B computing, the IT sector, online education, and other topics. News and feature stories are my bread and butter, but have done previews, reviews of software and hardware like smartphones, interviews and event coverage, how-to guides, and more. From time to time I also write press releases about new iPhone apps as well as other topics, such as robotic innovation, for various PR firms.
I have extensive experience in a variety of writing styles including APA style, newsroom AP style, and am familiar with WordPress. I have experience in the traditional newsroom as well as the startup scene (I completed a writing internship at Palo Alto Weekly in spring ’10 and worked with various startups in-house). I am familiar with online content and SEO skills. I also have access to both Mac and Windows platforms and my computing skills include Microsoft Word, Excel, Photoshop, Audacity, PowerPoint, video editing and digital-film production.
I was originally born in Poland and came to the U.S. when I was a 9. Most of my relatives are still in Poland and I often visit them. I speak and write Polish fluently and I know some German and Spanish. My grandmother is a retired librarian from Poland and when I was a young boy I went to visit her daily from a school across the street. This began my interest in the written word and in analyzing what people write. Libraries are constantly changing as information systems and programs are improving.
Ever since trying a journalism class in Pasadena City College I fell in love with the field of the written word and in my ability to present information from though to paper. Learning, exploring, and finding out about different cultures have always been fascinating to me and I think that comes from my multicultural background. I really enjoy the art of interviewing and sitting with someone to get their take on particular issues.
There are always ways to improve as a writer and I think writing is an art form. Depending on the story and subject there is also a style that fits the writing best. I enjoy writing feature stories a lot because they deal with an issue or subject in depth. I also enjoy writing about my experiences: whether it is travel, sports, or things I’ve accomplished.
We should always strive to look at things from various points of views. Journalists and writers have always been vital to society but this is especially true today in this fast-paced and changing landscape. However, I am a multimedia journalist and graphic design as well as art are my passions and things I am continuing to improve as skillsets. With today’s high-tech world, computer skills are also a must and multimedia is a vital part of our lives. I hope you will consider me for the position and I look forward to hearing back from you.
Sincerely, Maciej Duraj aka Mike