- One article per month for regular reporters, though you can write more or less as your schedule allows
- Varies by where you like to write and where you need to travel to tell the story
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You’re one of those people that asks a lot of questions and likes to get to the bottom of things. Maybe you loved your journalism class in school or maybe you’ve never written an article—both are welcome. You’ve got a set of eyes that helps you see a story from a number of angles, and you’ve got the curiosity to follow those paths to tell the whole story. What’s most important is the energy to ask questions, the focus to follow the guidelines, and the curiosity to invite others into what you’re learning about your community ….Or, you know, if you’ve been subconsciously copyediting this post, that’s probably not a bad sign either.
About The Rapidian
The Rapidian is a grassroots department of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center with funding and support from local businesses and citizens. It is a community journalism news source intended to increase the flow of local news and information in the Grand Rapids community and its neighborhoods. By providing tools, training, platforms and support, The Rapidian empowers neighborhood residents to report the news from the inside out, to be content-providers instead of just content-consumers. Stories are shared to therapidian.com, social media (including 7,000+ Facebook followers), an email newsletter, and the Community Media Center’s website.
What Others are Saying
“As a community journalist, I connect with the community through writing. I interned at The Rapidian when I first moved into Grand Rapids. It was a great way to get engaged with what was going on in my new city. I didn't expect to learn journalism as thoroughly as I did in such a short time. It was educational on so many different levels, and it was a great experience. It pushed me out of my comfort zone. In addition to getting published and raising your voice, you have the opportunity to raise the voices of other important players in your community and draw attention to things the mainstream media may not be paying attention to.”Marie
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the The Rapidian directly.
What to Expect
Register for an online account, then fill out a request to become a reporter. (You must register an account before requesting. If you run into issues, contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Then, you can ask for a story or email a pitch, and The Rapidian can help you connect with resources and people to talk to. Along the way, free public workshops are offered (typically in the evening or over the lunch-hour), covering a variety of topics related to telling the stories of our community. Check their website for upcoming dates.