The Rapidian

TaglineGrand Rapids-based citizen journalism
Year Founded2009
Type or CoverageHyperlocal
CityGrand Rapids
Business TypeNon-profit
Revenue SourcesDonations
Revenue SourcesGrants
Institutional SupportKnight Foundation
Institutional SupportOther Foundation
Staff Size (Business)2-5
Staff Size (Editorial)2-5
Active VolunteersMore than 50
AffiliationsFunding from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. A project of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center.
Mappin LocationGrand Rapids - Michigan
Principal StaffLaurie Cirivello
Principal StaffHolly Bechiri
Principal StaffChelsea LaForge
Principal StaffGeorge Wietor
DescriptionGrand Rapids-based The Rapidian takes the concept of grassroots citizen journalism to heart. A community-wide project operating under a for-us/by-us ethos The Rapidian was created by the Grand Rapids Community Media Center a nonprofit media and technology support organization for the Grand Rapids area. The Center began as a public access television station and currently operates two television stations a noncommercial radio station and a theater for film and live performances; it also offers media education services as well as IT and web development for local nonprofits. The Rapidian was conceived in response to shrinking local news outlets which resulted in limited coverage of news on the community level.
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