Hello. My name is JD Sullivan. I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI.
I help people tell their stories and I build community.
I get ideas and I create stuff and that has motivated me to learn how to do media stuff.
I have a Journalism/Mass Communication BA earned at Olivet College.
I am still learning.
I am seeking work in my areas of expertise – WordPress, website/content management, social media marketing, writing, reporting, copywriting, and radio production. Ideally, something combines most of these skills and ideally offers me the opportunity work on projects for the greater good.
“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood, sweat, and tears.” -Simon Sinek
I have worked in a variety of areas before landing my parachute in the realm of media production.
Knowledge of AP style.
Familiarity with SEO basics and principles and the use of Google Analytics.
Familiarity with Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Hootsuite, etc.).
Familiarity with Social Media best practices and guidelines.
Exceptional proofreading and fact-checking skills.
Experienced in writing press releases.
Familiarity with using content management systems, specifically WordPress. I can install plugins and themes, I can add and manage content and I am skilled in HTML.
Experience using audio production software & equipment including Audacity, DADPro32, StationPlayList Pro, Sony SoundForge, Board Op, On Air Radio Production and Pre/PostProduction
Knowledgeable on digital advertising, branding, Facebook ads, Twitter advertising, and Facebook Fan Pages and Google Adwords.
Comfortable working under pressure, deadline oriented, and able to deliver content on or ahead of schedule,
Experience with researching information online. I enjoy investigative reporting.
A Few Firsts
In 2004, I was the first to launch a local online news website for the Grand Rapids area. A different publication is claiming they were the first, but WayBackMachine, tells the truth. In 2004, the technology to run a news website was not up to speed and I had to scrap the project for awhile. I came back to it in 2015, with a new name.
I initiated a WordPress website for Olivet College to use as a teaching tool for JMC students.
I tried to start a neighborhood magazine when I was a kid, called “Zaaap!” It didn’t go anywhere, probably because of poor branding and lack of marketing. The thing is, I’ve has an interest in the media for a really long time.
I have invented a word. When it is the right time, it will become a website.
Instead of being redundant, please check out my portfolio for more details on my experience.
Manpower says this about me:
Creative yet organized, you have a myriad of strengths. You have systems of keeping things that are important to you organized, but your creative mind allows you to follow your whims. You enjoy spending time with other people, especially at artistic events. However, you are equally happy on your own, often engrossed in a project that causes you to lose track of time as you work. Your penchant for routine and details allows you to navigate these different interests with ease.
Other nice things Manpower says about me:
‘Inventors’…are creative. They take a contemporary, ‘out of the box’ approach to work and life. Inventors use themselves and other medium, often various forms of the arts, to communicate and interact with the world. Inventors excel when they are ‘lost’ in their work, completely engrossed in a project.
‘Planners’…are the detail people. They are methodical, precise, and detail-oriented. Planners create systems to follow, and enjoy working with data, detail, words and numbers. Great at manipulating data, they love procedure and routine. Often found in office settings, they excel at completing detailed work in an organized manner.
‘Visionaries’…are pioneers. They are great convincers and like to work with others in a ‘take charge’ capacity. They love to take risks, make changes and set trends. They tend to be ambitious and energetic. Visionaries are often in positions of prominence in business and the public eye and excel at taking charge and gaining the confidence of others.
‘Mentors’…are people-oriented. They have great communication skills and are most fulfilled when assisting or working directly with others to improve a personal or societal situation. Mentors are patient and compassionate and work best in a group or on a team with a common goal. Mentors excel at working with others to help them learn and grow.
‘Analyzers’…are inquisitive. They delve, study and look deeply for information. They have a keen eye and an experimental nature. Analyzers use these capacities to figure out problems and search for the facts, often in a laboratory environment. They excel at going beyond the surface toward uncovering information and discovery.
‘Naturalists’…are attached to the natural world, frequently working with plants and animals in their environment. Often nature lovers, they like to experience the world outdoors. They are committed to preserving and protecting the planet and its natural resources. Serene, earthy, efficient and solid, they excel at working as one with the natural environment.
‘Action-Takers’…are hands-on doers. They use manual and physical skills, working with technology or machinery to complete tasks. Often there is an athletic aspect to their work. They are handy, practical, systematic, applied, and ‘down-to-earth.’ They are drawn to jobs that involve a specific skill-set and a concrete task. They excel at solitary, goal-oriented work and ‘getting the job done.’