My byline sometimes is JD Sullivan, other times is Jim Sullivan.
I’m same person no matter what you call me.
Olivet College, THE ECHO
The Echo, Olivet College’s newspaper, I started out as a Guest Writer and eventually was promoted to Staff Writer.
INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT GROUPS OFFERS UNIQUE BENEFITS, OPPORTUNITIES
One of my strengths as a reporter is curiosity. As a new student to Olivet College, I was curious about the sorts of activities available to students which led to the first article I wrote for The Echo.
Mu Omega Pi Members Being Asked to Move
This is an investigative journalism piece I wrote for my college newspaper, TheEcho. There was more to the story than a mere noise complaint. This story required thorough research into state housing laws and being persistent in getting comments from all the people involved. Not everyone I contacted wanted to make a comment.
Frat Has Fun, Provides Service by Raking Leaves…
A couple of fraternity members who were upset by the college newspaper only covering the noisy parties and fights and not the good aspects of fraternities. I advised them that what they needed is a public relations strategy for their fraternity. I’m not sure if they followed through on that, but later they invited me to cover a story of them doing some community service.
Al-Jazeera Reporter Encourages Students to Seek Truth
Josh Rushing came to speak at Olivet College about his experience being a former U.S. Marine captain with the duty to be the spokesperson at Central Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom, which led to him being featured in the documentary Control Room.
MTG Cuts Hit Students Hard
This is a public affairs article has to do with cuts to state funding specifically for students who attend private colleges in Michigan.
Between The Lines News
West Michigan Pride bigger than ever
I covered Pride GR in 2011 shortly after graduation and self-published it in KentCountyStar. I also got it published in Between The Lines News, whose editor taught me an important lesson to get an interview with the director of the event. The post is now archived, however it can still be found on the Internet Archive, my story is here, and the edited and shorter version on Between the Lines is here.
In 2004, I created KentCountyStar as the first online-only news publication in the Grand Rapids, MI area, covering local public affairs and small business news. The site is offline, and rebranded as metroGRnews, but some of my articles can still be found on the InternetArchive, including this public relations piece: Mayan Buzz Cafe Celebrates One Year Anniversary