Will Sullivan's guide to global mobile, tablet & emerging tech ideas


Q. Do the opinions here reflect that of your employers past or present?

A. I’m glad you asked. No, the opinions here do not reflect that of my employers past or present.

Q. What is this Journerdism thing?

A. jour • nerd • ism :

1. A news and commentary website for journalists and nerds to kick it and discuss the craft journalism, multimedia storytelling, web 2.0 development, web and print design, social content and all things nerdy online.

2. Will Sullivan’s website.

Pronunciation: “jr-nurd-izm”

See also: journalist, nerd, geek, journerdist

Q. Who are you and what are your goals with this blog?

A. I’m Will Sullivan, the Interactive Director at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in St. Louis, Missouri and the dude behind This blog is a personal repository for news and thoughts on the future of online media. Beware: It’s snarky. It’s passionate. It’s usually written late at night and not copy edited very well.

I’m the son of two teachers, so education is an important part of my life (both learning and teaching) and Journerdism is one way I try to keep up on industry developments and hopefully the information helps educate you and our industry to keep moving forward.

Most of the blog consists of links to fresh news and opinions in many topics from general journalism to nerd life stuff, like the latest cool Lego set. Occasionally, I have time to sit down and prepare a longer piece.

On Journerdism, I promise offer you honest and transparent information. If I have a relationship or interest in something, it will be very clear.

I tend to not follow the book of ‘good blogging’ and ask for comments on each article, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want them. (I just don’t want to patronize you or waste your time reading me repeating that on every. single. article. Like some other blogs.) So please share you thoughts! It’s no fun blogging in a vacuum.

Q. What’s your work, school and professional organization background?

A. Here’s the list:


Speaking & teaching:

  • Investigative Reporters & Editors
  • APME News Train
  • National Press Photographer Association
  • St. Louis University
  • Washington University
  • Mid-America Press Institute
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Missouri University
  • Syracuse University
  • Illinois Press Photographer Association
  • University of Toledo
  • Northwestern University
  • Associated Church Press
  • Associated Press Managing Editors

Corporate work:

  • Cox Newspapers
  • Lee Enterprises, Inc.
  • E.W. Scripps Co.
  • Fairfax Digital
  • Collegian Media Foundation

…And these properties:

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO)
  • The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, FL)
  • The Palm Beach Daily News (Palm Beach, FL)
  • The Stuart News (Stuart, FL)
  • The Port St. Lucie News (Port St. Lucie, FL)
  • Vero Beach Press Journal (Vero Beach, FL)
  • The Fort Pierce Tribune (Fort Pierce, FL)
  • Sebastian Sun (Sebastian, FL)
  • The Jupiter Courier (Jupiter, FL)
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia)
  • The Age (Melbourne, Australia)
  • The Newcastle Herald (Newcastle, Australia)
  • Editor & Publisher (New York, NY)
  • The Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA)
  • Your Mom (Davenport, IA)
  • Medill News Service, (Chicago, IL)
  • The Daily Northwestern (Evanston, IL)
  • (Evanston, IL)
  • Daily Herald (Chicago, IL)
  • The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, IN)
  • Lerner Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
  • Daily Southtown (Tinley Park, IL)
  • The Chicago Journal (Oak Park, IL)
  • Toledo City Paper (Toledo, OH)
  • Independent Collegian (Toledo, OH)
  • UT News (Toledo, OH)

Professional leadership:

  • Society for News Design Foundation, Board Member
  • National Press Photographer Association, Multimedia Committee Board Member
  • Southern Illinois University, Professional Advisory Board Member
  • University of Toledo Outstanding Alumnus

Other professional organizations I’m a member of:

  • Online News Association
  • National Press Photographers Association
  • Society for News Design
  • Investigative Reporters & Editors
  • Illinois Press Photographers Association
  • Sports Shooter

Q. Do you own a controlling interest in any companies you discuss on Journerdism?

A. Nope. I don’t own a controlling interest in anything. 🙂 I also don’t own any shares of media stocks. I do own shares (small numbers, albeit) of stock in Google, Dell and Apple. As well as small shares of dozens of other companies through a couple mutual funds and a 401K account.

Q. Is this blog copyrighted?

A. Yes, Journerdism published under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5).

Q. How can I connect and get in contact with you?

A. Sure, here are some quick ways to contact me:

Q. What’s the word on the street about this blog?

A. Here is what some folks in the online news biz have said about me/this blog:

  • “Will Sullivan, the best aggregator of forward-looking links…”
    – “Future-of-journalism top 10” from The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University.
  • “… I usually visit a couple of news-related blogs each day:, and Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits. They’re all good for different reasons. …”
    – From “So, what sites do you like?” by President and Executive Editor of Greenspun Interactive & online news legend, Rob Curley @
  • “… During the last couple months, I’ve used the “most visited” tool from to monitor the blogs I frequent. As a result, the blogs are listed in order of how often I visit them. And I’ve decided to post only the top 10. Congratulations to Will Sullivan’s Journerdism, which I apparently use the hell out of…”
    – From “Top 10 blogs I read” by online journalism blogger and Content Manager for Lucas Grindley @

Q. Do you do other stuff besides your day job and this blog?

A. Yes, definitely. When time permits, I regularly am available for teaching and speaking engagements, consulting and freelance or contract work. I’m also interested in new opportunities and side projects that will help expand my skill set and portfolio.

Q. Can I contact you about my company, blog, business, etc…?

A. Sure. Although contacting me doesn’t mean it’ll be mentioned here or that I can do anything for you. I’m always interested in hearing about new ventures though.

Q. I’m a student. Can I contact you about a job, career advice, research, etc…?

A. Sure. I love hearing from and helping students out when I reasonably can. If you’re looking for advice, you should check out this interview I did with the Innovation in College Media blog; there’s a bunch of tips for students entering the journalism business in there. Also, if you’re looking for advice on gear, books or training, check out The Journerdism Store for some of my recommendations.

Q. What political affiliation are you tied to?

A. I’m a registered independent. I lean progressive and sometimes libertarian in the political spectrum.

Q. What social or political causes do you support?

A. I try to stay away from getting too political on this blog, unless it’s issues related to journalism or nerdism. These issues and my stances tend to be:

  • I support protecting net neutrality and mobile net neutrality.
  • I support open standards for all media/content formats.
  • I’m generally against telecom monopolies, the MPAA and RIAA’s litigation and lobbying, and for that matter, most public relations and lobbying efforts to spin and/or derail the truth and deceive the public.
  • I support protecting The Bill of Rights and American democracy in general.
  • I support protecting the freedom of the information.
  • I support protecting libraries.
  • I support protecting education institutions.
  • I support protecting open, equal and free access to the Internet for those not privileged enough to have home access.

For the sake of full disclosure, these are other issues I feel passionate about but tend to not discuss here:

  • Alternative energy (specifically solar power and electric vehicles).
  • Environmental protection.
  • Recycling.
  • Public transportation.
  • Intelligent urban planning.
  • Insurance and drug industry reform.

Q. What’s the deal with the new recommendations page?

A. They’re affiliate links, so if you click on something and make a purchase, I get a small cut (usually 2-4%). Journerdism is totally ad-free. This side page with recommendations is a little test to see if I can offset my website hosting costs (about $50 a year). Since I’m often consulted for my opinion on what books, gear and media to use, this is a way of offering up that information and it also may help cover the cost of operating the website. Anything extra raised from these affiliate accounts will go to a charity supporting the ideals of Journerdism. Depending on how much is raised, it’ll be donated to the following charities:

Q. Can I buy you a beer, give you money or donate to Journerdism?

A. I’ll take beers in person. If you really want to donate, please send your money to one of the following Journerdism-endorsed, non-profit organizations:

Q. What’s the deal with the stuff about Legos on this journalism blog?

A. This blog isn’t just about journalism. It’s a lot about being a nerd. And being a nerd is being ultra-passionate about things. I love a lot of things and will often toss out links to them. I love legos, bicycles, Muppets, cartoons, beards or any majestic facial hair. And Chicago, the Rockets, Wildcats, Wolverines, Bears and Cubs. Also, Arrested Development, Family Guy, Seinfeld, Dr. Katz, UCB, Firefly/Serenity, ATHF & Star Wars. (References & jokes may be peppered throughout the site.)

Q. I have a question that was not answered here, ‘lil help?

A. Sure. Contact me:


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