I began GreenActionNews in the Spring of 2013 out of my interest in environmental justice. I developed the website on the model described by Bill Moyer in Doing Democracy, so that the scope of the site is to broadly cover the work of grassroots activists, change agents and policy reformers. I established social media assets, logo, and tagline. I recruited and managed writers from around the world who contributed stories where they lived, including Italy, parts of Africa, Brazil, and parts of the United States, who were paid based on a mix of variables including per article, word count and performance metrics. Examples of myRead More →

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 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. The site is offline,Read More →

Olivet College, THE ECHOThe Echo, Olivet College‚Äôs newspaper, I started out as a Guest Writer and eventually was promoted to Staff Writer. My byline sometimes is JD Sullivan, other times is Jim Sullivan.Skills: Interviewing, Researching, Reporting, Media Ethics, Investigative Reporting, Meeting Deadlines INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT GROUPS OFFERS UNIQUE BENEFITS, OPPORTUNITIESOne 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 MoveThis is an investigative journalism piece I wrote for my collegeRead More →