The Rapidian



Remembering Dirk Koning

Submitted 02-11-2010 under OPINION

 It was five years ago on February 10 at about 7:00 a.m. that I received the phone call from Tim Goodwin, Dirk Koning’s best friend, with the dreaded news.  Dirk had not survived the catheter ablation procedure that was meant to cure his atrial...

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Show, don't tell

Submitted 02-09-2010 under OPINION

From Rapidian staff*: "Show don't tell" plays like a broken record for every creative writer.  Says Wikipedia, "Show, don't tell is an admonition to fiction writers to write in a manner that allows the reader to experience the story through a...

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Relationships: Finding the Passion to Make it Work

Submitted 02-04-2010 under OPINION

 The Rapidian’s current story mapping feature is on relationships and the enigma of the dynamics involved that make relationships succeed or fail. What does it take to make a relationship endure? Obviously there is not a simple solution to this...

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Defining your article by newsworthiness and content

Submitted 02-02-2010 under OPINION

From Rapidian staff*: When submitting stories for the Rapidian, they must be categorized into one of three groups--News, Local Life and Opinion. The differences between these three groups may seem minimal but there are actually defining traits to...

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Foursquare moves from the schoolyard, to cyberspace.

Submitted 02-01-2010 under OPINION

When I was younger, I played a game called Four Square during recess at my elementary school. The goal of the game was to obtain the primary square and remain there as long as possible before being eliminated and bumped down to the lowest square...

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An Intro to Citizen Journalism - the rapidian press pit #3

Submitted 02-01-2010 under OPINION

 This past week  the Rapidian's 3rd press pit, which brought a chance for local citizen journalists to come together and exchange ideas and gain advice from each other, was held at the Rapidian's Wealthy St office. I was anxious to meet...

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Mayor Heartwell Delivers State of the City Address

Submitted 01-31-2010 under OPINION

Mayor George Heartwell delivered his State of the City address Saturday morning before a packed crowd at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. He was introduced by Grand Valley State University President Tom Haas as “progressive, hardworking,...

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On the Cheap!

Submitted 01-27-2010 under OPINION

I know this time of year can be tight SO this weekend there are a bunch of SUPER cheap options (mostly 6$ and under!) and a whole bunch of freebies! If you are going to splurge I suggest the Ballet, normally maybe not for everyone, but their Chaplin...

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FTC regulations mirror The Rapidian's emphasis on disclosure

Submitted 01-19-2010 under OPINION

From Rapidian staff: In a blog entry by Whitney Hoffman, she frames blogging in a media-saturated world as a Mom & Pop operation. In October 2009, the Federal Trade Commission put a law in place that just went into effect last month: Full...

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Wealthy Theatre Remembers Gordon Varneau

Submitted 01-16-2010 under OPINION

This week we say goodbye to a man whose history is, in many ways, the history of Wealthy Theatre.  Gordon 'Gordy' Varneau died peacefully in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday. It is with indebtedness that we remember the man whose name patrons see...

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