The Rapidian

Introducing our newest interns

The Rapidian welcomes four new interns on board
Ken Ford and Scott Kaplan

Ken Ford and Scott Kaplan /Chelsea LaForge

Underwriting support from:
Emma Higgins

Emma Higgins /Chelsea LaForge

We searched high and low, long and hard, and we found four incredible people that will join our team to keep The Rapidian working towards excellence. While these interns just started, and you may never have the pleasure of meeting them, we thought it would be nice for you to get a brief introduction to the latest men and women behind our curtain.

Emma Higgins is our new content intern and she hopes to "initiate some useful discourse with my articles, and discover some more of what this city has to offer." Higgins will be reporting on anything and everything around Grand Rapids. She's already written a few articles on The Rapidian, but you can expect to see her name showing up a lot more in the weeks to come. Somewhat content with the unknown possibilities of her future, Higgins says, "as long as I can remain healthy and busy I couldn't say where life will take me. It would be wonderful to scratch out a living doing something I enjoy."

Ken Ford just recently joined as a new reporter, and we've been throwing stories at him ever since. If you check out some of his work, you'll quickly notice that he seems to have a knack for writing about music, from classical music to Starlight Six coverage. Ford is now our music beat intern. He'll be starting and leading the music beat in which he'll invite others to explore the Grand Rapids music scene and share their findings with all of you. "I plan to share my passion for music with the people of the community, and I want to inspire others to share their own musical experiences as well.

Elyse Morse will be working alongside our Business Development guru Andy Dragt, as they develop the business side of The Rapidian. Her official title is Advertising and Marketing intern, but she's more than just business. "A long term goal [of mine] would be to travel the world, and not just as a tourist. I think it's so important to understand other cultures and place yourself in their shoes." While Morse won't be writing on behalf of The Rapidian, she does enjoy the articles written by others. "One of my favorite articles was published last November about Kelly LeCoy, a Calvin graduate opening a businesses called Uptown Kitchen. I recently completed a media project for her business, and learning about what she is accomplishing so quickly is amazing."

Scott Kaplan will be working with our nonprofit news bureaus to help get every bureau up and running. Given the recent attention these bureas have gotten us, we're really focused on making these the best they can be. In addition to helping to "raise awareness for these organizations and to provide new and diverse perspectives on a wide array of issues for Rapidian readers," Kaplan hopes to write for The Rapidian as well. "I haven't published anything for The Rapidian yet, although I'm working on one now."

If you see any of them around town, or sitting by the windows in our office, feel free to say hello. We're happy to have them on board as we continue grow as the very local news source of Grand Rapids.

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