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Catalyst Radio: Brian J. Bowe, on the state of journalism

A GVSU professor shares his thoughts on new and traditional news outlets, and dissects the latest State of the News Media report from Pew Research Center.
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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. 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.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Brian J. Bowe

Brian J. Bowe

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In this edition of Catalyst Radio we talk about the mission of journalism with Brian J. Bowe, a professor of journalism at Grand Valley State University.

Bowe, also a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University, is in part focusing his research on framing and media representations of cultural groups and is a participating faculty member in Grand Valley’s Middle Eastern Studies program.

In this conversation we also touch on social media, and whether its impact on journalism is significant and long-lasting. Bowe shares his thoughts on the latest Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media report and also speaks about citizen journalism sites such as The Rapidian, getting news through mobile devices and the news business in general.

With so much to talk about with Professor Bowe, we are inviting him back for subsequent visits to Catalyst Radio, but we will have to do this before summer’s end. Beginning this fall Bowe begins a teaching and research fellowship in Paris at the Sorbonne in the Graduate School of Journalism and Communications.



Local music featured this week on Catalyst Radio from the band Glean Infusion. The disc released earlier this year is called Alive and Well. The featured song is “Coming Apart.”

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