Wordsmith

What’s Your Story? I enjoy storytelling on community events and public affairs. I am skilled at writing press releases and PR articles. And I get a great deal of satisfaction from researching and writing an investigative piece to get the story right.


Highlights
MU OMEGA PI MEMBERS BEING ASKED TO MOVE – Investigative Reporting
This story involved the eviction of a fraternity, however, there was more to the story than a mere noise complaint. Reporting required thorough research into state housing laws and being persistent in getting comments from all the people involved, right up to the final day before going to print. Not everyone I contacted wanted to make a comment, but I think if you read between the lines you can figure out what was really behind the eviction.

Mayan Buzz Cafe Celebrates One Year Anniversary – PR Article
Business Leader Tami VandenBerg Connects Sustainability with Helping People Feature Article

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 with international reporters during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His earnest discussions with Al Jazeera reporters on how the war was being covered earned him the distinction of being featured in the documentary Control Room. I covered Rushing’s speech and interviewed students and faculty for this campus events article for TheEcho. His story inspires me in my work as a journalist to ‘seek truth.’


Skills
AP Style Writing and Editing
Investigative Reporting
Press Release Writing
Public Relations Reporting
Writing for the Web and SEO

Please note: My byline in some articles appears as Jim Sullivan or James Sullivan, which occurred before I established my professional brand as JD Sullivan.


Published Work
Editor/Environmental Reporter | GreenActionNews.net | 2013 – Present
Grand Rapids Brewing Aims to Start a Conversation on Fracking
Forest Heroes Activists Meet with Kelloggs Officials
Bill McKibben Inspires Big Change From Small Beginnings

Editor | metroGRnews.com
Green Party VP Candidate Ajamu Baraka Speaks On Building Democracy
700 Gather Downtown in Response to Ruling in Ferguson

Staff Writer | Olivet College Echo
MU OMEGA PI MEMBERS BEING ASKED TO MOVE
FRAT HAS FUN, PROVIDES SERVICE BY RAKING LEAVES…
MTG CUTS HIT STRUGGLING STUDENTS HARD
AL-JAZEERA REPORTER ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO SEEK TRUTH
INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT GROUPS OFFERS UNIQUE BENEFITS, OPPORTUNITIES

Freelance News Reporting
West Michigan Pride Bigger Than Ever

Press Release Writing
Can’t get to church? Plug Into Internet Podcast for Sermon
Not only did I write the press release that resulted in this earned media in Advance Newspaper, I established and managed the podcast program.


Education
Olivet College – Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Communication Class of 2011


References
Professor Joanne Williams – my advisor at Olivet College and the Advising Editor of the ECHO.