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Catalyst Radio: Chelsea Laforge, citizen first and reporter second

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In just a few weeks, she has submitted five articles that range from politics to the Dantzler murders to the human side of bankruptcy. Tune in to hear why The Rapidian is so meaningful to her.

/Courtesy of Chelsea Laforge

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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

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Rapidian reporter Chelsea Laforge wants to help Grand Rapidians experience things in our city, and she identifies first as a citizen and then as a reporter. In just a few weeks, she has submitted five articles that range from politics to the Dantzler murders to the human side of bankruptcy. Tune in to hear why The Rapidian is so meaningful to her.

Music this week comes from local band The Crane Wives with "Diving Bell" from their release, Safe Ship, Harbored.



Linguist learns of renaissance for dead languages
Samuel Herrera of the Institute of Anthropological Research in Mexico City recently discovered that dead languages are being revived by youth via text messages. Youth use nearly extinct languages indigenous to their geography as a way of coding their messages to one another.
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Knight News Challenge ends its last year
The Knight Foundation has held an annual competition for the last five years for innovative news projects. 2011 marks its final year, and the winners were recently announced. Among this year's winners were both domestic projects and projects abroad, new projects and projects in need of additional developments and both new and established organizations behind those projects.
[More: PBS Idea Lab]

Pew Center study shows correlation between civichood and how well local governments share information
In a commissioned study, the Pew Center focused on three cities—Macon, Ga., Philadelphia, Penn. and San Jose, Calif.—to see how citizens felt about their access to information from their city governments and how engaged they were in civic life.
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Recent Pew Center report shows that nonprofit journalism is rarely objective
A Pew Center study of 39 nonprofit journalism outlets and seven commercial outlets showed that most NPOs are ideologically driven. After excluding groups such as ProPublica and the Texas Tribune, the study found that the median staff size is three, and staffers are more focused on topics rather than covering the news broadly. The nonprofit sites also tend to focus on a niche.
[More: Nieman Lab]



Madison Park design charrette open to the community
Saturday, July 23
The City of Grand Rapids, Friends of GR Parks and LINC are hosting a design charrette tomorrow. Interested friends and residents of the Madison area are invited to share their wishlist for a park in the area. For more information, call LINC at 616.451.9140.

UICA ribbon cutting
6:30-7 p.m. on Monday, July 25 at the UICA (S. Division and W. Fulton)
The UICA has recently moved to a new building on the corner of Division and Fulton. To celebrate its opening on July 25, the UICA is kicking off with an exhibition called Seven-by-Eleven, which also acts as a fundraiser for their youth arts scholarships.

Screening of local youth production, Three Amigos
5 p.m. on Friday, July 29 at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy SE)
There is a free screening of a youth produced film at Wealthy Theatre at 5 p.m. on July 29. The movie is a partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and LINC, and focuses on three friends and a young lady trying to make it big by graduating from Rock Band to real instruments, escaping bullying through music and breaking into the music scene.

Site:LAB Takes over Blandford Nature Center
5 p.m. on Friday, July 29 at Blandford Nature Center (1715 Hillburn NW)
Coming up next Friday is another installment of Site:LAB, a pop-up gallery featuring student artists, faculty artists, local and regional artists' work inspired by the site they're displayed at. The event starts at 5 p.m. on July 29 at the Blandford Nature Center.

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