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In studio: Ian Storey

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Ian is currently a Ph. D. candidate at Colorado State University examining citizen journalism and political economy. He has taught college journalism and reported for many Michigan papers, including T
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is a weekly radio show with hosts Linda Gellasch and Denise Cheng that looks at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting as well as grassroots and nonprofit efforts around the community. The show comprises a media analysis and developments portion, interview segment and calendar of events. 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.

Joining us on Catalyst Radio today is Ian Storey. Ian is currently a Ph. D. candidate at Colorado State University examining citizen journalism and political economy. He has taught college journalism and reported for many Michigan papers, including The Advance, The Monroe Evening News, The Grand Rapids Press and The Traverse City Record Eagle.

The song featured this week is "Old Red" by local band Poor Boys Relief from the new disc Family Time.



WYCE expands to 10,000-watt coverage
WYCE's recently installed an antenna that transmits signal all the way to the west coast of Michigan. The antenna was fully funded by $80,000 in listener donations.
[Read more: WYCE]

Amazon announces print-online ratio
Amazon is keeping mum about how many Kindles it sells, but the company recently announced that for every 100 books sold on the site, 143 e-books are sold.
[Read more:]

Media outlets fed up with lack of change in transparency at Guantanamo Bay
Several major media outlets are teaming up to confront the Obama administration in a meeting next week. Reporters' rights have been poorly defined in the last several years, and the confusion has led to many publishing restraints. If issues are not resolved, the media outlets will sue the Obama administration in court.
[Read more: Mother Jones]

Wiki-leaks releases more than 90,000 pages of Afghan War documents
In a recent move, Wikileaks released six years' worth of field reports from the Afghan War to The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel. This is Wikileak's largest release in its four year history.
[Read more: The Washington Post, New York Times, NYT War Logs]

2010 Knight News Challenge: Tilemapping
Tilemapping is a project by Development Seed, a web development firm out of Washington D.C. that focuses on nonprofits. The goal is to be able to layer different statistics over one another on one interactive map to visually map out data relationships in geographic areas. Tilemapping received $74,000.
[Read more: Knight blog, Nieman Lab]
Columbia Journalism Review]



[FILM] Southtown PhotoVoice Project Event
Friday, July 30 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the Koning Micro-Cinema, 1130 Wealthy St.
The Neighborhood Services Department at Lighthouse Communities, Inc. received a grant in the amount of $2,000 from NeighborWorks America to facilitate this photovoice project within the Southtown Community of Grand Rapids. The primary goal of this project was to capture some of the perspectives of the youth and elders of the community through pictures. There were also several interviews held with residents and community leaders who discussed their thoughts and feelings towards the neighborhoods within Southtown. For more information, visit the GRCMC calendar

[FUNDRAISER] DIA Art Gala Evening Fundraiser
Friday, July 30, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St. E
This is the closing evening of the 14th Annual DIA Gathering (Dominican Institute for the Arts). The DIA Art Gala Fundraiser will offer multiple raffle and silent auction artifacts provided by member artists of the DIA. For more information, visit the Rapidian calendar.

[LITERATURE] Litribune Writing Workshop
Monday, August 2 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Litribune Barn
Literary Life Bookstore has teamed up with local non-profit, The Litribune, to bring weekly Writing Workshops open to the public. Workshops generally go pretty late. There's no obligation to come or leave at any particular time. The workshops are open to the public and geared toward adults and college students. Contact [email protected] for more information on upcoming youth workshops. For more information visit the calendar.

[FILM] In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee - Film Opening
Tuesday, August 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the UICA, 41 Sheldon SE
"In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee" is the search to find the answers, as acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem returns to her native Korea to find her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. For more information, visit

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