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From The Rapidian staff*: Currently, The Rapidian is primarily an online news platform, facilitating and distributing text, video and audio reports generated by people in our community. But as designed, it is also intended to have a real, physical, place-based presence. While the only real physical space lives in an office at 1110 Wealthy St. or wherever a meet-up or press pit happens to take place, that may soon change.
As we look ahead to year two of The Rapidian—The Rapidian’s birthday is September 15—we're revisiting the roots and original name of our project: “Neighborhood News Bureaus.” It is time to begin the identification of partner spaces where communities can receive tools, training and support to better participate in citizen reporting activities.
Beginning in a few weeks, The Rapidian will be accepting applications from community-based organizations and venues that want to help their friends, clients, neighbors and constituents better engage in community communications. Do you know an organization that works with youth looking for their voice? Do you serve seniors who could share their perspectives and observations with the greater community? Do you represent an under-reported or under represented sector of our community? Does your organization represent a specific geographic neighborhood?
In short, we will be asking “How can citizen journalism help your organization achieve its mission, empower the communities you target and amplify the voices of those you serve?”
We are currently seeking to provide computer and production equipment, training, support and a modest stipend to up to four Grand Rapids based nonprofit organizations that want to add citizen reporting to their activities and services. Interested organizations will be asked to complete a questionnaire, outlining their interests in the project and their plans should they be chosen.
Look for a formal announcement in the next few weeks. In the meantime, drop me a line if you have an interested organization in mind. We’ll put you on the list! Send inquiries to email@example.com.
Publisher of The Rapidian and Executive Director of Community Media Center (parent organization of The Rapidian). Over 20 years in noncommercial media and technology. Proud wife, mom, part time artist, and general busybody. Loves local history, travel, flea markets and all things "foodie".
Reports on: General Rapidian news, op-eds, social media & communications strategy, community development, arts