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The Rapidian
Grand Rapids-based citizen journalism
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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Grand Rapids-based The Rapidian takes the concept of grassroots citizen journalism to heart. A community-wide project, operating under a for-us/by-us ethos, The Rapidian was created by the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, a nonprofit media and technology support organization for the Grand Rapids area. The Center began as a public access television station, and currently operates two television stations, a noncommercial radio station, and a theater for film and live performances; it also offers media education services, as well as IT and web development for local nonprofits. The Rapidian was conceived in response to shrinking local news outlets, which resulted in limited coverage of news on the community level.
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Name: The Rapidian
URL: therapidian.org
City: Grand Rapids
State:
Michigan

Type of Coverage:
Hyperlocal

Year Founded:
2009

Staff Size:
2-5 Editorial
2-5 Business

Active Volunteers:
More than 50

Business Type:
Nonprofit

Institutional Support:
Knight Foundation
Other Community Foundation

Revenue Sources:
Donations
Grants

 
Principal Staff: Laurie Cirivello, publisher; Denise Cheng, citizen journalism coordinator; George Wietor, new media planner; Holly Bechiri, editor and audience engagement coordinator.
Affiliations: Funding from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. A project of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center.
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