References not linked are available upon request.
News & Media Websites
Using the model described by Bill Moyer in Doing Democracy, the scope of the site is to broadly cover the work of grassroots activists, change agents and policy reformers. I developed the website using WordPress, created the social media assets, supervised the development of the logo, tagline, branding. I developed an online training guide on how to use WordPress as well as style guidelines for correspondents whom I recruit to write on environmental concerns. Under development – user generated content with the integration of BuddyPress, and an events calendar.
Small Business Websites
JVSPainters is a locally owned and operated painting service that also provides powerwashing for decks and siding. I spent time getting to know the owner, his business, his values and incorporated this into the overall online branding of his company website. I also created the logo for JVS Painters. The site is designed for lead generation. Articles about his services are posted on the site which are reposted on social media on a schedule to target people on social media in a timely fashion according to the services they provide. SEO is also incorporated into the design of the site and posts and I also researched and developed a digitial media marketing plan.
metroGRnews.com | 2005 – Present | Local Community News
In early 2005, I initiated the first online news website for the Grand Rapids area and called it KentCountyStar. The original design looked a bit like The Drudge Report and was coded in HTML with the FrontPage editing software. I upgraded to using a template service that was set up for news organizations. However, the design was counterintuitive and the template company charged too much for minor changes, so I shelved the project for awhile. In 2007, I discovered WordPress and revived KentCountyStar. In 2016, I renamed it to metroGRnews to better reflect community identity.
ConvergentMediaCenter.org | 2010 – 2016 | Online News/Journalism CMS Teaching Tool
I initiated this website to be used as a teaching tool for the Journalism/Mass Communication program at Olivet College because I recognized the need for JMC students to have an experience with an online content management system. I coordinated with a graphic design student in the creation of the header. In coordination with Professor Joanne Williams, I created a PowerPoint presentation and handouts as training materials, and I provided training to students in Basic Reporting and JMC Seminar who posted stories to the site as a part of their grade. This project is currently offline as it is being redeveloped.
PaleoRadio.us | December 2011 – April 2013 | News Talk Radio Website
PaleoRadio, produced at WPRR AM/FM in Grand Rapids, MI with host Jeremiah Bannister was a talk show focused on commentary on social issues and politics. In addition to producing the three-hour weekday show, I contributed to PaleoRadio by creating the website for the show using WordPress, writing and posting show notes for each episode and promoted show via Twitter, Facebook, and public events.
WTSS.COM | 1997 – 2004 | Niche Social Media Community
In 1997, I created my first website, WTSS.com, with the naive assumption that I could encourage Christians to be more focused on helping others rather than on condemning others. The site was built with raw HTML and it also featured 5 CGI chat rooms. Google wasn’t a thing yet, back then it was Yahoo! For awhile, with the key phrase, “Christian teen chat” WTSS.com came up in the top of their listing. In 2011, I sold the domain to Western Tower, which helped a lot in paying for expenses in college.