Journalism Portfolio

Here are some of my writing samples published on numerous online networks. They are mostly related to technology, but some are straight AP news samples or relate to various subject matters. These samples are not tied to the main blog on here. Some for these samples are feature stories of more than 1000 words. Others are shorter news pieces. However, they all show my knowledge of the mentioned subjects and my writing style. When I lived in the U.S. My byline or name was Mike Lata, but my real full Polish name is Maciej Duraj.


Medium Self-Published Articles:

Latest Articles Published Across Various Tech:

Forbes (samples include my own graphic design):

Due to a recent disagreement with a new Forbes editor that took over the position of the previous one who brought me in as a contributor, most of my content is no longer visible on Forbes. I asked for it to be taken down so I can republish elsewhere or on my site here.  Some have been republished by other media/sites and may still be available on Flipboard, like the sample below.


More  Story  Samples:

The Digital Enterprise

Pluralsight Guides

InvoiceOcean: Financial Software (SaaS)

I ran their blog, which focuses on various financial topics and invoicing SaaS software. I also did the online marketing for the .uk and .us products pages ( & and ran google AdWords campaigns for them. Lastly, I edited and translated majority of these two websites (offshoots or branches from Blog with my byline or name shown

Here is some older content much of which is standard AP-style journalism that may or may not relate to tech. Most of these will be shown under my former American name or byline of Mike Lata. I hated my last name Lata and had no contact with my father my whole life, so I actually legally changed it to Duraj last year.

Toward the bottom, some of these links may be years old, so do not be surprised if they do not work as domains changed and sites shifted.

Older content:

Technical Writing (How-To Instructionals):

Multitasking on the iPad Guide (iPadModo) –  original source of now defunct page

How to Fix a Broken iPad Screen (Trainsignal) original source of now defunct page

Tech Times (News-Based Tech Coverage):

Tech Times Profile with Stories Linked

Kraków Post 

Here is a 2017 freelance feature I wrote for a Polish news site (possibly paper as well) called Kraków Post:

Newspaper Clips (published in Both Print & Web)

IDG Consumer & SMB (Macworld & PC World magazines)

Apple Magazine (this is a digital magazine in ePub format):

Here is an entire issue you can check out where I wrote the cover story, titled “Outsourced.” The cover story was based on Foxconn and Apple’s controversial partnership that later prompted Apple to audit Foxconn factories:

Gawker Media


Here is an infographic commissioned by for an independent client where I compiled all the data as a journalist through research while working with a seperat graphic designer and helping him edit some of the graphic along the way with data insertion.


Here is a simple infographic that I created from scratch using all of my own assets, from photography to graphic design (more info about it and its creation process).


Machine Learning/AI

Technical Analysis of Chatbots Today (they claimed I was even too technical for their marketing department in some articles I’ve written so long story short I do not write for this company anymore.)

Here is me introducing the topic of chatbots with some added analysis of my own

AI topic here with my own art included

Runnerclick athletic gear reviews:

Osperey Tempest 20 Backpack: A hiking backpack review

Under Armour Micro G Speed Swift: running shoes review

Web Security

How to Remain Anonymous and Secure on iPad (privacy and security)

EBay Accounts Hacked: What Lessons Did We Learn? (TechTimes)

Flame Virus Analyzed (Techlicious)

UBM Techweb/DeusM (B2B Enterprise IT)

Most of the UBM blogs I was published at are now defunct (for a while UBM was sold or only published on InformationWeek but it seems vsrious sites resumed now), as the sites constantly change after a period of time and new editors are assigned to different topics. However, I have an archive of the work I’ve sent out to editors through e-mail attachments and here are some samples:

Agreedo4: SaaS (I used basic AP style for this piece or standard journalistic style)

How Datacenter Colocation Works

How Discovering New Data Will Be Key for Future BI

How Bias Can Hamper Big Data Analytics

Trainsignal (now Pluralsight)

The blog was redesigned and many of the old content is gone, so here I am uploading a piece I still had saved on my harddrive that was published on Trainsignal before the company was acquired by Pluralsight:

Advancements in Datacenter Service Design

(Keep in mind below I still have my old links that may or may not show up as the blog was changed to Pluralsight as I had this portfolio for years and am now updating it as I look for new tech writing positions.)

TouchArcade (mobile game news & reviews) — Number One Mobile Gaming Site

Axe.IO Review

Reed Review

Red Alert Online Coming to mobile (news story)


My AppAdvice Profile (stories linked)

Techopedia: IT topics and enterprises

Difference Between a CIO and a CTO (Techopedia)

Ghost blogging
Even though my byline wasn’t used (ghost blogging) the image below from the editor/site admin proves he published it (my work).

How Startups are Utilizing Watson AI Algorithm for Mobile Workflows


Some recent Yelp reviews entirely self-published:

Słoik restaurant and cocktail bar

Dom Whiskey or House of Whiskey — Cocktail Bar

Omami Restaurant (the review is in Polish)

Tech Times:

145 million eBay user accounts hacked: What lesson did we learn?

FCC votes on Wheeler’s new net neutrality proposal: Should there be Internet ‘fast lanes’?

Google must respect people’s ‘right to be forgotten’ and delete sensitive links when requested: European court

Macworld Guide or eBook I worked on with my byline as the Assistant Editor

Mac Basics: Mountain Lion Superguide

PDF version (scroll a bit to see my name)

The Orion Chico State Newspaper Student Stories

Sunshine Kids Provides Acceptance for Everyone

Unpublished Feature AP Newspaper Stories — some investigative reporting involved

Peanut Butter and Jelly Time (Blogspot)

Couples Disagreeing Politically (Blogspot)

TabTimes (digital tablet magazine)

case study

XF Investments

Battle of the 2 tablet Operating Systems

Choosing Between Tablets or Netbooks

Copier Blog Posts (

Google vs Apple

The Battle Escalates with New Products (Trainsignal)

Case Study About Cloud Computing (Trainsignal)

Part I

Part II

Part III

Cloud Computing Web Features

How Cloud Computing is Changing Enterprise Productivity (Trainsignal)

Profile on SeaMicro (Trainsignal)

What iCloud Means for Apple Users (Trainsignal)

Cloud Gaming Service OnLive Now Available on Android Tablets (PDFdevices)

Viruses & Security Threats Features

Flame Virus is Creepy but Shouldn’t Be a Threat to You (Techlicious)

Flashback Mac Virus: What It is and How to Remove It (Trainsignal)

Desktop IT Software Features

Windows 8 Shortcuts (Trainsignal)

Overview of Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging (Trainsignal)

Tablets, Gadgets & Computers Web Clips

5 Mobile PCs to Look Out for in 2012 (Trainsignal)

Windows 8 Tablets — Part I (Trainsignal)

Windows 8 Tablets — Part II (Trainsignal)

Upcoming Acer Tablet Will Feature Resolutions of 1920×1200 (PDFDevices)

What to Expect from the iPad 3 (PDFDevices)

Mobile Phones and Other Hardware Features

What the Windows Phone OS Offers Mobile Users (Trainsignal)

Apple TV vs Google TV (Trainsignal)

Other Guest Postings/Ghost Blogging

Bring Your Own Devices to Work Has a Dual-Cost Impact for Employers (Trackvia)

Hardware Reviews

Thinksound ts02 8mm Headphones (Appmodo)

Radiul Mobile Review (Appmodo)

Photo Editing/Digital Photography Web Clips

Want Photoshop Light on Your iPad? Check Out Art Studio for iPad (TogTech)

Turn Your iPhone Into a DSLR with Attached Lenses (TogTech)

Purchase a Classical-Looking 35mm Camera for only $99 (TogTech)

Stereoscopic 3D Tech Web Clips

Nvidia 3D Vision (3DTV)

LG, Samsung and Sony Battle Over 3D TV Tech (3DTV)

A ‘3D Film Industry’ Editorial (3DTV)

3D Printing Web Clips

3D Printers and STL Files (3DTV)

D-Shape 3D Printer May Redefine the Construction Industry (3DTV)

3D Printers May Spark New Copyright Controversies (3DTV)

First 3D Printer for Consumers (3DTV)

3D Printing Used in Film (3DTV)

Social Media Web Clips

Various Android Users Now Have Access to Popular iPad App Flipboard (TMCNet)

Social Networking Healthcare Company, Alliance Health Networks Acquires Medify (TMCNet)

My Online Media & Technology Blog (with many samples)

VoIP Web Clips

VoIP Startup KeKu Will Soon Offer Landline, VoIP Calling to International Users (TMCNet)

VoIP Communication and Telephone Systems for Businesses (Suite101)

iOS Gaming Features (Published on Blogs)

Games Can Have Great Controls on iPad, iPhone When Developers Innovate (Appmodo)

Hunters Episode 1: Gameplay Hands-On for iDevices (Appmodo)

7 Must-Have Games for the Fling Controller (iPadmodo)

Video Game & PC Game Web Clips

Bioshock Coming to PS Vita (FPSWin)

Mario Kart 7 Now Available for 3DS (3DTV)

Stereo 3D Comes to the Xbox360 (3DTV)

Virtual Reality Vision Heading Toward Reality in Gaming (Suite101)

My Coverage of Macworld 2011 (All Multimedia Was Taken by Me and Inserted to WordPress & YouTube)

Macworld 2011 Media Evening Reception — Impressions (Appmodo — this was a breaking story as no other blog really covered this pre-event)

Macworld 2011 Photos from First Day of Event (Appmodo)

Interview with Fargoal Creator Jeff McCord — Exclusive Sword of Fargoal 2 Footage, Info (Appmodo)

Interview with Jeff McCord — Part 2, Future Trouble Brothers Games Revealed (Appmodo)

Films, Hollywood & Entertainment Web Clips

The Hobbit Gets a Trailer (3DTV)

New German Documentary Available in 3D (3DTV)

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus Gets a Trailer (3DTV)

Jurassic Park is Being Converted to 3D (3DTV)

Robotics, Mechanics & Science Web Clips

Honda Robotics Showcases UNI-CUB at the Miraikan Museum (TMCNet)

Press Release Web Clips

MDiagnosis Announces the Release of Caracal Diagnosis Mobile App (

IntelliVocab 1.5 Released to Improve English Vocabulary Interactively (PRmac)

iCan ABC Announced (PRmac)


Lana Parker (real name: Svetlana Tsukanova)

PR Manager

Twitter: @VelvetMobile

She is one of the people who recommended me on LinkedIn (her profile). I also helped Lana with the app description for Caracel Diagnosis on the App Store as part of her PR campaign, as well as wrote this top three medical apps article for the campaign.

Despite having posted many samples on this portfolio, I don’t have enough room or time to put every single piece of writing that I’ve had published online here. I also don’t always update this page right away when new samples are published. This is why I decided to post some of my profiles with many samples under my name below. I think the Trainsignal samples below best illustrate my technical content writing ability, so I put my Trainsignal profile first. The other samples below are also worth reading though and should have dates of my writing showing. If you want to get a better picture of my abilities and the way my writing continues to evolve take a look at these profiles below with my works:







Here is my LinkedIn profile with five recommendations so far from editors and Web managers: Mike Lata’s LinkedIn.

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