Will Sullivan

Will Sullivan


  • Reynolds Fellow
    Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
  • Innovation Specialist
Washington, D.C.
Project: Mobile Technology for Newsrooms

Future Opportunities: Developing strategies for news organizations to use mobile technology to report deeper, faster and more accurately for and with their audiences.

"Key questions to answer:

  • What hardware and software tools are available and necessary for this new multi-layered, interactive form of journalism?
  • How can journalists use these tools to better, faster and more accurately report and interact with their audiences?
  • Where and when are users most interested in different forms of media content?
  • What technology can help efficiently and quickly curate information on these platforms?
  • What business models can be created around this type of journalism? How would one start an organization now from scratch optimized for using these techniques and technologies?"

 --Will Sullivan, June, 2010

About Sullivan:

Will Sullivan is an innovation specialist at 18F, which Sullivan describes as "a team of digital 'avengers' who help make government tech cheaper, faster, more secure and smarter."

Prior to beginning a career at 18F, Sullivan worked as the director of mobile for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent federal agency that operates radio, TV and digital news and information properties including the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Office of Cuba Broadcasting and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. As the director of mobile, Sullivan built mobile/tablet apps and responsive/adaptive websites; managed SMS (Short Messaging Service, which is similar to text messaging) and IVR (Interactive Voice Response) products and developed new tools in emerging markets.

He has won more than a dozen awards for his innovative interactive work from organizations including the Online News Association, Editor & Publisher Eppy Awards, Pictures of the Year International, Society for News Design and National Press Photographer Association.
Sullivan is co-founder and co-director of the National Press Photographer Association Multimedia Immersion workshop, which has educated almost 200 professional photographers how to thrive in the multimedia environment. He has led workshops around the country for organizations including South by Southwest Interactive, The Poynter Institute, Associated Press Media Editors, and taught as a guest lecturer at more than a dozen universities and consulted for several major journalism corporations.
His news and technology blog Journerdism.com was selected by Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab as one of the 10 Best "Future of Journalism" blogs. He has been one of the New York Times picks for the best Twitter users for interactive journalism and has been named one of the top 15 minds on Mashable.com's journalism Twitter list.