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Catalyst Radio: Rapidian interns get real-world journalism experience

Three interns share their experience in working with The Rapidian.
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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.

Liz Studt

Liz Studt

Ryan Yuenger

Ryan Yuenger

Heidi Stukkie

Heidi Stukkie

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Community Media Center, in addition to being a resource and services nonprofit involving media production, IT, television, radio and citizen journalism, also considers itself to be a teaching facility. And as such, internships are incorporated into a number of programs to provide an environment for learning, practice, experimentation and innovation. Among the more active internship programs at CMC are those involving our citizen journalism site The Rapidian.

We talk with three interns who are completing their terms learning about citizen journalism and creating content that has been published on The Rapidian. In studio are Liz Studt, Ryan Yuenger and Heidi Stukkie to share about their experiences, and encourage others to take part in The Rapidian’s upcoming new internship term.

Studt, a Public Relations student at Grand Valley State University, reported on community innovation. Yuenger, in the Writing department at GVSU, covered food, music and arts beats. Stukkie, finishing up a Writing and Journalism degree at GVSU, served as the Catalyst Radio intern, coordinating interviews and writing synopses about the interviews for posting on The Rapidian.

The Rapidian is now accepting applications for Local Arts Coverage, Innovation Community Reporting, Content Intern and Bilingual (Spanish and English) Intern. 

Applications are accepted through Aug. 24 for the fall term, with interviews to take place Aug. 27-28.



Music featured on Catalyst Radio this week is from area band Ultraviolet Hippopotamus. Rapidian intern Ryan Yuenger, who is featured in this episode, included the band in a music review article he posted on The Rapidian earlier this summer in covering Founders Fest.

The song is “Dusty’s Trumpet”, from the 2008 release called Songs For The Reaper.

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