The full story: Writing about our community includes more than cultural events

Submitted 05-09-2011 under OPINION

Denise Cheng, our Citizen Journalism Coordinator here at The Rapidian, wrote an excellent article recently about the importance of news coverage of our cultural events, what old-school journalists would perhaps deem “fluff.” The fact is...

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Catalyst Radio: In the Image

Submitted 05-06-2011 under NONPROFITS

INTERVIEW (10:18) Joining us today is Jay Starkey of In The Image, best known for getting lightly used clothing and houseware to those who express a need for them. In the Image serves 800 families a year and works with 32 elementary schools in the...

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Tonight's City Connection postponed, rescheduled for Monday, May 23

Submitted 05-02-2011 under NEWS

Due to some unforeseen circumstances tonights edition of City Connection, the live interactive public access television programm hosted by Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell has been postponed. The program has been rescheduled for Monday May 23, at...

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Picturesque: In plain sight

Submitted 05-02-2011 under OPINION

On a drab day, I walked down the path from my house to the sidewalk. At the foot of the path, crocus blooms poked barely above the mottled grass. The dabs of violet were hardly noticeable. A smile was coming on. Who else today had spotted this shy...

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Catalyst Radio: VSA Michigan GR

Submitted 04-29-2011 under NONPROFITS

INTERVIEW (11:03) The Electric Junkyard Gamelan is traveling to GR for a Monday Hat Trick show to benefit VSA Grand Rapids. Executive Director Michele Suchovsky shares how the arts made it possible for a quadraplegic man to sign his name for...

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Catalyst Radio: Home Repair Services fostering DIY culture among homeowners

Submitted 04-22-2011 under NONPROFITS

INTERVIEW (9:32) On the corner of Division and Highland sits a pale pink, art deco building which houses Home Repair Services. The organization started in 1979 with home repair house calls for low-income families and has grown into six additional...

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WMEAC and GRCC to celebrate Earth Day with Earthwork Music

Submitted 04-21-2011 under NONPROFITS

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Grand Rapids Community College are celebrating Earth Day with a special concert featuring top acts from Earthwork Music at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids on Friday, April 22. Proceeds...

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Rethinking how we describe news categories

Submitted 04-20-2011 under OPINION

The Rapidian is chock full of arts and entertainment content. Is it fluff or does it signal a new way of thinking about news, community and dialogue? In the last six years, I've had numerous conversations with journalists, bloggers, web developers...

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Catalyst Radio: ARC Kent County Monday night's beneficiary of WYCE's hat trick concert series

Submitted 04-15-2011 under NONPROFITS

INTERVIEW (8:18) Music lovers, Hat Trick goers, this one's for you. As the beneficiary of the upcoming music concert at One Trick Pony, ARC Kent County's executive director joins us to share exactly what Monday night's donations will support. ARC...

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Building our skills and building community: public hours get special

Submitted 04-12-2011 under OPINION

What are public hours? Every week, The Rapidian staff is available to you in person in our offices for specific hours. We call them "public hours," and they're a great chance to stop by to visit, brainstorm article ideas, ask general...

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