Jason Gillikin worked for six years at a small community-based daily newspaper in southwest Michigan. The paper produced eight-to-16 page broadsheets on a variable schedule, two to four times per week, year round, with an average daily circulation of 12,500. He started as an opinion columnist and eventually served as opinion editor, before advancing first to a special-projects editor, then to the paper’s copy chief, then to a year as the editor in chief. In that final role, he supervised a team of eight full-time section editors and several dozen freelance writers, columnists and photographers.
Besides the newspaper experience, which included an ex officio term on the paper’s board of directors, he served for two years as a voting member of the board of directors for a radio station. He’s also experienced in local CATV production and currently hosts a weekly lifestyle podcast.
Gillikin spent one year as an appointed member of the editorial review board of the Journal for Healthcare Quality.
Special Skills and Focus Areas
- Investigative research (including records review and FOIA requests)
- Interview profiles
- Subject-matter expertise in religion, politics, consumer tech, health care industry and government affairs
- Experienced with “data journalism” — including complex dataset extraction and advanced statistical modeling
Memberships & Professional Service
- American Statistical Association (webmaster, Section on Quality and Productivity)
- Investigative Reporters and Editors
- Journal for Healthcare Quality (editorial review board, prior service)
- Society of Professional Journalists
- National Association for Healthcare Quality (national co-facilitator for ambulatory care and care transitions special-interest group)