Joab Jackson
 
Phone: 301-356-7794
work@joabj.com · http://www.joabj.com
Objective

  To write about information technology for technical and general audiences, using my experience in both journalism and computer science.
 
 
Editorial Experience

  IDG News Service New York, N.Y.
  New York Correspondent 2009 - 2015
 
·   Covered enterprise software, system performance and general breaking IT news.
·   Wrote 7-8 news stories a week, including breaking stories, case studies, analysis and feature articles.
·   Stories appeared in various IDG Web sites, such as Network World, Computerworld, InfoWorld, CIO, PC World and hundreds of others worldwide.
·   Kept abreast of developments in the field of IT, through conferences and meetings.
·   Maintained contacts with key researchers, developers and operational personnel and management.
 
  Government Computer News Washington D.C.
  Senior Technology Editor 2003 - 2009
 
·   Covered how U.S. federal, state and local government agencies use information technology, as well as how IT developments effect these users.
·   Wrote in-depth technical feature stories and shorter news updates for bi-weekly print publication.
·   Wrote 3-5 breaking news stories and news analysis blog entries each week for the Web site.
·   Commissioned and edited full-length feature stories.
·   Provided technical expertise to editorial management team, as well as participated in editorial strategy discussions.
 
  Washington Technology Washington D.C.
  Senior Writer 2001 - 2003
 
·   Covered how IT integrators support U.S. federal agencies, as well as how developments in the field of IT effect integrators.
·   Wrote in-depth technical feature stories and shorter news updates for bi-weekly print publication.
·   Wrote 3-5 breaking news stories each week for Web site.
·   Kept abreast of developments in the field of IT, through conferences and meetings.
·   Maintained contacts with key researchers, developers and operational personnel and management.
·   Provided technical expertise to editorial management team, as well as participated in editorial strategy discussions.
 
  National Technology Transfer Center Washington D.C.
  Technology Writer 1998 - 2001
 
·   Wrote articles for a newsletter sent to potential investors that explained the benefits of specific Defense Department-developed technologies.
·   Delivered two full-length technical reports, on fiber-optics and missile defense technologies.
·   Wrote full-length technical briefings (called "Spin-Off Reports") on Defense Department-funded technologies.
 
  WHERE Baltimore Baltimore, Md.
  Editor 1997 - 1998
 
·   Ran editorial operations for monthly magazine targeted for business travelers.
·   Assigned stories, edited copy.
·   Oversaw editorial workflow.
 
  Baltimore City Paper Baltimore, Md.
  Technology Columnist/Contributing Writer 1992 - 2003
 
·   From 1995 - 2001, wrote a syndicated weekly column about technology, called "Cyberpunk."
·   Contributed, on a freelance basis, feature articles, arts pieces and reviews.
 
  Baltimore magazine Baltimore, Md.
  Research Director/Staff Writer 1993 - 1995
 
·   As staff writer and later as contributing writer, wrote full-length service articles and features covering topics such as health care and technology.
·   As research director, supplied background for feature articles and service pieces.
 
 
System Administration Skills

  Linux
 
·   Maintain both the CentOS (RHEL) and Ubuntu Linux distributions to run Web sites. Also familiar with Debian, Fedora, Mint, Slackware, and SUSE.
 
·   Routinely use many Unix command line tools to automate routine operations, including crontab, pipes and redirects, grep, sudo, mount/umount, ps, tar and gzip, RPM, the Bash shell, vi, user permissions.
 
·   Maintain routine Linux programs, such as Apache, FTP, ssh. Can compile programs for Linux, including C programs and the Linux kernel itself. Know how to add modules to Linux. Can configure new hardware, such as hard disks, to work on Linux. Can configure Linux to work in a virtual or cloud environment.
 
·   Can establish network connectivity, as well as establish an IP presence on the Internet, configuring Domain Name Services, and setting up a basic firewall.
 
  Python
 
·   Versant in using Python to parse large sets of data, including data from databases, public APIs, XML files. Also use Python to create simple Web services, and to generate static Web pages and RSS feeds. Am passingly familiar with the Django framework.
 
·   Can create Python modules, and design programs to fail gracefully.
 
  MySQL (SQL)
 
·   Can create a database, create a schema for a new database table. Know how to modify tables, and data within tables, and format and cleanse data for populating a database. Can schedule routine backups and perform database migrations.
 
·   Can compose complex queries, and execute them from a variety of programming languages (Python, Perl, PHP).
 
  HTML/CSS/JavaScript
 
·   Designed and maintain an extensive multi-page Web site, using CSS style sheets to format content, and JavaScript to add dynamic functionality. Am learning a number of JavaScript frameworks and libraries, including jQuery, Node.js, and D3.
 
·   Am versant in how to use most HTML tags in well-formed (and human-readable) documents, including those with forms, trables and somewhat complex layouts. Am currently learning HTML5 technologies such as SVG.
 
·   Collect site statistics through Google Analytics, and use Apache, MySQL, and Python, along with HTML/CSS/JavaScript to build and run a blog site from scratch.
 
  PHP and Perl
 
·   Use Perl to sort and reformat complex sets of data, usually with regular expressions.
 
·   Know how to use PHP to get data from a Web form into a database or flat file, and vice versa.
 
  WordPress
 
·   Maintain a neighborhood blog using WordPress, including a number of plug-ins to embed Web services, customize the theme, and run ads. Can also work with similar blogging platforms, such as Joomla.
 
 
Education and Training

  U.S. Department of Agriculture
  Completed 2005     Washington D.C.
 
·   Certificate of Accomplishment in Engineering Technology
 
  Towson University
  Graduated 1999     Towson, Md.
 
·   Master of Arts, Liberal Studies
·   Concentration: Writing About Data Communications
 
  University of Maryland Baltimore County
  Graduated 1990     Catonsville, Md.
 
·   Bachelor of Science
·   Major: Psychology
·   Minor: Writing
 
Other Technical Training

 
·   Java
·   C
·   TCP/IP
·   In-Design
·   Windows administration
·   Basic Electronics
·   Solid State Electronics
·   Programmable Logic Controllers
·   Fiber Optics
 
Awards

  American Business Media
 
·   2003-"Network-Centric Warfare Comes of Age," Washington Technology: Neal Award Finalist, Best Article.
 
  American Society of Business Publication Editors, National Awards
 
·   2005-"Mission Gap," Government Computer News: Bronze, Special Section (Part of a multi-story package).
·   2004-"Lessons From Iraq," Washington Technology: Silver, Feature Article.
 
  American Society of Business Publication Editors, Central-Southeast Region
 
·   2005-"Profiles in Leadership," Government Computer News: Gold, Special Section (Part of a multi-story package).
·   2004-"Lessons From Iraq," Washington Technology: Gold, Feature article.
·   2004-"Pentagon Backs Spiral Development," Washington Technology: Silver, Technical Article.
 
  Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland Chapter
 
·   2000-"Geeks to the Rescue," Baltimore magazine: First Place, Human Interest, Magazines.
·   1998- Cyberpunk column, Baltimore City Paper: First Place, Column Writing, Weekly Newspapers.
 
Additional Freelance Writing

 
·   IEEE Spectrum
·   Washington Post
·   Linux Magazine
·   UMBC Magazine
·   DevChannel
·   Netly News
·   Long Island Voice
·   Kansas City Pitch Weekly
·   New Route (Alternative music magazine)
·   ROX (Local music magazine)
·  Blues Access
·   M.I.T. Technology Review
·   National Geographic News
·   Alternet
·   Linux Weekly News
·   Baltimore Urbanite
·   Texas Technology
·   Telegeography
·   Pigdog (Online zine)
·   Foster Child (Music zine)
·  Spock Science Monitor
·  Harry (Baltimore underground newspaper)
 
References

  Available upon request
 
 
 

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