About Catalyst Radio
Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. 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.
Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.
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Destination 1111 is gearing up for its seventh year at 1111 Godfrey from Oct. 1-3 on the west side. For three days each fall, the warehouse is transformed into a multi-artist exhibit, with all local performances, fine arts and music. Organizers Michael Pavona, Jim Gebben and Chris Schafer join us on air to talk about this all-volunteer event for the community.
Two songs from Ribbons of Songs' new album, Pocket Dreams, are featured on this show: "Payphone Blues" and "I Can Hear It In My Sleep."
Journalism schools offer summer programs for high schoolers
Several journalism schools have recently endeavored to support their academic year's work through partial revenues from high school summer offerings. Included among those schools are New York University, Boston University and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
[Read more: Nieman Lab]
Craigslist replaces adult services section with "censored," testified before Congress
On Aug. 30, Craigslist removed access to its adult services section without comment and replaced it with the word "Censored," with no way to access the site section. This section was originally created to keep adult service ads out of the personals section and was manually monitored for pornographic photos. Craigslist has not made any official statement and testified before Congress earlier this week.
[Read more: Wired]
Chicago extends definition of "journalist"
The City of Chicago has traditionally handed out press passes to full-time reporters but has recently incorporated part-time and digital journalists in the definition.
[Read more: Chicago Reader]
Advertising Age's Simon Dumenco opines the death of the press release
In a tongue-in-cheek piece, Simon Dumenco cites celebrity tweets as an example of how the press release's time has come and gone. In just 140 characters, Twitter influencers can start trends with their followers, which makes them powerful agents for determining instantly gratutitous news.
[Read more: Advertising Age]
[COMMUNITY EVENT] Critical Mass
Friday, Sept. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park, 101 E Fulton NE
Critical Mass is a free, non-athletic group ride which all are invited to attend. The group rides together in a manner that is safe and welcoming to riders of all skills levels, with the intent of raising awareness of bikes as traffic, promote all aspects of cycling, build community, and to celebrate a love of bikes. This ride takes place the last Friday of each month. For more information, visit the g-rad.org calendar.
[EDUCATION] Know Your Rights: In the Workplace
Saturday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Bloom Collective, 671 Davis Ave NW
Presented by the GR Free School and The Bloom Collective, this is the second in a series of “know your rights” classes. This workshop will provide a quick look into the rights of a worker in a workplace. The GR Free School is an open organization committed to creating safe spaces where communities from all corners of Grand Rapids can learn and share with other communities. For more information, visit the g-rad.org calendar.
[EDUCATION] Job Hunting 101
Saturday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE
Adult Computer Training Center, Lower Level
Designed for those who already have working knowledge of computers and the Internet, students will learn the basics of how to search and apply for jobs online, including how to create an online resume, use job search engines, and the basics of filling out online job applications. Fore more information. visit the grpl.org calendar.
[EDUCATION] Stress Management for Family Caregivers
Thursday, Sept. 30 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE
Vander Veen Center for the Book, Level 4
Sponsored by the Caregiver Resource Network and the Grand Rapids Public Library, the Fall Caregiver Resource Information Series provides talks for caregivers on various topics. This month, Mike Faber from the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College will discuss Stress Management for Family Caregivers. Fore more information, visit the grpl.org calendar.
[FUNDRAISER] Sunday Soup #7 feat. Bryce Dwyer of InCUBATE
Sunday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The DAAC, 115 S. Division Ave.
Sunday soup is a monthly community meal that provides mini-grants for local small-scale creative projects. $5 buys you a bowl and a vote. The entire proceeds of the gathering will go to fund the proposal with the most votes. This month will feature a special guest MC, Bryce Dwyer of InCUBATE, the chicago-based group that initiated the international Sunday Soup movement. After the meal, Bryce will give a quick talk about his work with InCUBATE, the origins of Sunday Soup and the problematic nature of contemporary arts funding. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Visual Studies program at GVSU Art and Design. Additionally, this month marks the beginning of a potluck format for Sunday Soup. Participants will still provide a delicious range of Sunday Soups (with ample vegan options), but encourage attendees to bring a dish to pass as well. Those interested in making soup should contact [email protected]. Visit the g-rad.org calendar for more information.
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