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Catalyst Radio: GR GiveCamp taking apps from nonprofits in need of custom web tools

This dispatch was added by one of our Nonprofit Neighbors. It does not represent the editorial voice of The Rapidian or Community Media Center.

Nonprofits apply with a project idea—a website, a database—and developers, designers and others from Grand Rapids and beyond come together to build those tools in one weekend.
A scene from the 2009 GiveCamp

A scene from the 2009 GiveCamp /Eric Stoike

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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.

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Ross Hunter, tech volunteer and web developer, is in the studio to talk about GR GiveCamp, a volunteer event by the tech community to put together simple web projects for nonprofits. Nonprofits apply with a project idea—a website, a database—and developers, designers and others from Grand Rapids and beyond come together to build those tools in one weekend. Read about the first GR GiveCamp on The Rapidian.

Music this week is "Lone Star" by Nicholas James and the Bandwagon.



Verizon workers strike
Nearly 50,000 Verizon workers began striking early last week after negotiations between the telecom giant and its employees for a new labor contract broke down. The striking workers represent about a fifth of the work force for the nation’s 2nd largest phone company. Verizon earned about $6.9 billion in net income for the first half of 2011, with revenues rising an estimated 2.8 percent for the second quarter. The company is seeking concession from employees in health care and pension benefits, and contract language that would make firing employees easier. Verizon cited declining revenues in its fixed wire phone service division as the reason for the proposed benefits cuts.
[More: Democracy Now, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal]

The Onion sets up a paywall for international audience
In a recent move to set up their own paywall, The Onion, a well-known satirical media group out of Chicago, has decided to start charging its international audience for consuming content. After accessing five free articles every 30 days, users are asked to pay a $2.95 monthly or $29.95 annual subscription.
[More: Paid Content]

Latin American countries experiencing growth despite declining news subscriptions elsewhere
Despite dismal subscription numbers in the U.S., subscriptions in Latin America continue to grow. In a look at subscription rates in three separate countries, editors have found that as wealth increases for all classes, a newspaper becomes the natural option for information consumption, with Internet access just out of financial reach.
[More: PBS' MediaShift]


CALENDAR (26:37)

Barcamp GR to take place at Calvin College
5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 to Saturday, Aug. 20 at Calvin College
Barcamp is an unconference style event where usually members of the tech community sign up for time slots and rooms to share knowledge and discussions with their peers. The two-day event is free.

Bikestock III at the parking lot behind Bistro Bella Vita
12-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20
Bikestock is being held in the middle of a bicycle criterium this year and will feature musicians, a vintage bike show and rounds of bike polo.

Steeplefest returns with chili cookoff and more
12-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 on Stocking NW
Last year's Steeplefest attracted more than 2,000 people, and this year, the event will again feature a chili cookoff and arts and crafts. The event is put on by the Steepletown Neighborhood Association with help from West Grand Neighborhood Organization.

The Rapidian's quarterly orientation
5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22 at The Rapidian (1110 Wealthy SE)
Come to our seasonal orientation! Once a quarter, we invite the curious to learn about this community platform. Tour our office, learn about what resources we offer and hear what makes us tick.

Casey Stratton plays thank you concert in recognition of Wealthy Theatre's 100th birthday and greening efforts
7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy SE)
Local pianist and vocalist Casey Stratton will be playing Tori Amos at the Wealthy Theatre. As part of the greening campaign in recognition of Wealthy Theatre's 100th birthday, anyone who has donated to the campaign has a free ticket to the show.


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