I’m JD Sullivan. I am a Communications Strategist with 12+ years experience in WordPress, Social Media Marketing, Radio Production and Reporting/Editing, to help people tell their story by connecting, engaging, and cultivating community.
- Initiated, created, collaborated, and taught students to use a CMS/WordPress website which was utilized in Basic Reporting and JMC Seminar and Basic reporting Class at Olivet College.
- Proactively developed the News & Information Director position at WOCR FM, and the first ever WOCR morning show.
- Supervisory experience of volunteers and an intern in media production.
- Professional, analytical, and creative with a positive attitude.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Communication at Olivet College Class of 2011
GPA: 3.49 Dean’s List Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2010
My first Media Project: Zaap! magazine – it was a concept thing I created when I was 8 years old.
My first Job: Newspaper Delivery for The Grand Rapids Press, started this when I was 11 years old.
My first Website: WTSS.com, a chat site I made in 1993, which helped me to learn how to make websites. For awhile it was number 1 on Yahoo with keyword search, “Christian Teen Chat.” I sold the domain in 2011.
My first News Website: KentCountyStar went online in 2004. Later renamed to metroGRnews.
First CMS Learning Tool at Olivet College: ConvergentMediaCenter, gave journalism students practice posting online. The website was used in Basic Reporting and JMC Seminar. Currently this project is offline.
First Morning Show at WOCR: I had this crazy idea we should have a morning show to catch the morning commuters and so they gave the show to me. Had to turn the transmitters on in the morning. Very very early in the morning.
Characteristics & Strengths
I am inquisitive. I delve, study, analyze. I excel at going beyond the surface toward uncovering information and discoveries. I am methodical, precise, and detail-oriented. I am creative yet organized. I am observant, enthusiastic, deeply passionate about the project. I am a visionary. I see the big picture, all the parts, and how it all fits together. I love to work on a team toward a common goal. I have great communication skills, patience, and compassion.
I take initiative. I am comfortable working under pressure in a deadline driven goal-oriented environment and getting the job done. I am especially motivated and energized when I have the opportunity to mentor or advocate for others.
Check out examples of my work in my online portfolio.