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Site Twitter handle

@therapidian

Facebook link

https://www.facebook.com/TheRapidian

Year launched

2009

Tax status

  • Nonprofit 501c3

Monthly visitors

49,000

Revenue

  • $50,000 or less

Primary revenue sources (50% or more)

  • Sponsorship

Secondary revenue sources (20-49%)

  • Foundation grants

Smaller revenue sources (less than 20%)

  • Small donations (Less than $1,000)

Publishing platform

  • Drupal

Mobile

40

Is your site indexed on Google News?

  • Yes

City

Grand Rapids

State

MI

The Rapidian
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Holly Bechiri

The Rapidian is neighborhood citizen news site in Grand Rapids, Mich., operated by the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Revenue: Grants, advertising. Bonus points: Active use of social media, mapping local events and news.

Coverage area

  • Metro or large city

Mission

  • Other

Other mission

Building community engagement through media

Topics of coverage

  • Entertainment & arts
  • Food
  • Local business
  • Local events

Watchdog

  • Yes, infrequently

Institutional partners

  • Local newspaper

Content contributors

  • Community members who are not journalists
  • Students

Contributor compensation

  • Volunteers
  • Interns working for academic credit

Revenue-side compensation

  • Full-time, paid staff without commission

Publish donors

  • Publish all donor names
  • Publish all foundation names