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A regular Tuesday night: The evolution of the city narrative

by Amy Carpenter (arcarpenter)

Submitted 09-15-2016 under OPINION

On the evening of Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the citizens of Grand Rapids found themselves with several options for engaging with community. This is not unusual. As the school year begins, many of us settle into a routine that may include sports,...

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Catalyst Radio: a conversation with the new Rapidian Editor

by Catalyst Radio (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 06-20-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Kiran Sood Patel, new managing editor of The Rapidian, shares stories and insights from her years of journalism and working in media. Sood Patel joins the Grand Rapids Community Media Center team with a passion for citizen journalism, expanded...

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Mayor Bliss will be joined by Economic Development Director for latest City Connection appearance

by The Rapidian (The Rapidian)

Submitted 05-02-2016 under NEWS

Join us today, Monday, May 5th at 5 p.m. on LiveWire, Comcast Cable 24, for Mayor Rosalynn Bliss' fourth episode of the City Connection. The mayor will be joined by Kara Wood, Economic Development Director, City of Grand Rapids to discuss...

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How I learned to stop worrying and love citizen journalism: A farewell to Managing Editor Holly Bechiri

by Marjorie Steele (Marjorie Steele)

Submitted 02-26-2016 under OPINION

I first met Holly Bechiri, who departs from The Rapidian today, when she asked to hold a “Story Fort” at a downtown space managed by my at-the-time employer. I didn’t know much about The Rapidian then, or citizen journalism, for...

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Strength in our community: Final words from our Managing Editor at The Rapidian

by Holly Bechiri (Holly)

Submitted 02-22-2016 under OPINION

As exciting new career opportunities prompt my departure from my role at The Rapidian, I wanted to talk to you about what this means for The Rapidian. In essence, I believe it means just this: very little. In my five years at The Rapidian, I've...

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The Rapidian announces winners of first Excellence in Citizen Journalism Awards

by The Rapidian (The Rapidian)

Submitted 01-26-2016 under NONPROFITS

To a more-than-packed house at Luna Taqueria and Cocina last night, 13 winners of Excellence in Citizen Journalism Awards were revealed, celebrating the incredible accomplishments of local voices in Grand Rapids in 2015. "As we looked at the...

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The Rapidian to honor, celebrate citizen journalists at local restaurant

by The Rapidian (The Rapidian)

Submitted 01-19-2016 under NEWS

Join us at The Rapidian in celebrating Grand Rapids' citizen journalists and local conversations at our Reporter Celebration on January 25. It will be hosted by Luna GR and feature a free appetizer bar. We’ve said it over and over,...

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Young writers at Harrison Park Elementary to share community stories on The Rapidian

by Harrison Park Media Team (Harrison Park M...)

Submitted 12-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

Harrison Park Media Team reporters interviewed themselves for their first article on The Rapidian. The students have been writing for their school newspaper since September and are now writing for the broader Grand Rapids community. The Media Team...

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The Rapidian adds Advisory Council to support local writers

by The Rapidian (The Rapidian)

Submitted 10-27-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

It's been quite a year at The Rapidian. We've had stories about Title IX proceedings at GVSU in a rape case, hosted conversations about how we can better support local food and the role the Downtown Market plays in it, talked about...

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Building community: Why honest conversations matter

by Holly Bechiri (Holly)

Submitted 09-15-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Recently, a friend said they really appreciated the article about the Downtown Market by Levi Gardner on our platform- and were glad to see The Rapidian growing into a place where honest conversations can happen. This is not our first jump...

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