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Catalyst Radio: Summer media camps for teens to produce music videos and modern take on Aesop's Fables

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[VIDEO + AUDIO] The CMC's own Gretchen Vinnedge and Lynn McKeown of the education department share all the cool summer camps they have planned for teens.
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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.

/Posters designed by Lynn McKeown

One of the AniJam projects from April Showers.



The CMC's own Gretchen Vinnedge and Lynn McKeown of the education department share all the cool summer camps they have planned, from teaching teens how to create their own music video to all ages stop animation programs. Participants will learn about sound design and other technical details.

The song this week is "Tenessee" off Poor Ol' Jim's self-titled album.



Recent study about traffic to and from news site
Pew Center released a study in which it surveyed the 25 most popular news gatherers in the US - original reporting to aggregation - to see where the traffic comes from and how far into the news sites their users burrow. Their findings showed that the majority of traffic was going directly to the page, but the other significant chunk came from Facebook and Google. Twitter plays a minor role. Additionally, users exiting the site either browse to a subdomain within the site, to a social media platform or to a search engine.

Magazine issue acted out on stage
A magazine called "Pop-Up" has been performing its articles on stage in New York City. Having recently performed issue five, the magazine brings journalists on stage to share their stories, from an editor at ESPN comparing world records while jumping on stage in running shorts to a radio show contributor who had interviewed a ghost writer for celebrities' social media personalities.
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Microsoft buys Skype for $3 billion
In a recent move, Microsoft acquired Skype, a chatting platform with on screen calling features. Skype has been a popular platform, especially among business owners, but has not found a way to be profitable since it launched.
[More: Reuters]

More media outlets competing against BBC and CNN international on the global news scene
Following bin Laden's death, WNYC's On The Media interviewed a journalism graduate student who regularly peruses world news outlets to see their reaction to news. The news outlets tracked are making a move on the international scene to compete directly against groups such as CNN International and the BBC. The episode covered the reactions to Bin Laden's death.
[More: On The Media]


CALENDAR (26:49)

[HISTORY + ARCHITECTURE] 42nd Annual Heritage Hill Home Tour
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, 12-6 p.m. on Sunday
$15 tickets
Experience one of the largest urban historic districts recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The 1,300 homes in Heritage Hill date from 1843 and represent the best of American architecture. This is a fundraiser for the Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association.

Next AniJam's theme is "Budding Imagination"
9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 at CMC - Wealthy (1110 Wealthy SE)
AniJam is a stop-motion animation workshop taught by the CMC's media education department. Each of the aniJAMs are part of a larger collaboration that will be entered in ArtPrize 2011. This month's workshop, for both beginner and the experienced animators is focused on the "Budding Imagination".  Animate a flower blooming into your creation.

Rapid Growth Speaker Series: East meets West
6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy SE)
Urban pioneers from Michigan's two largest cities, Detroit and GR, on stage together at Wealthy Theatre, to talk about what inspires them, success stories and challenges, and common mis-perceptions about both cities.

Grand Rapids Comic Society's collection release party
6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at Sparrows Coffee Tea and Newsstand (1035 Wealthy SE)
After a year of pooling together funds and efforts, the GR Comics Society has finally printed and bound its first collection of comics by its members.

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