How We Work

How do you like expressing yourself? Video? Audio? Writing? Take your pick. Everyone is welcome to use their own tools.  We have a hub location at the CMC Education Annex (1110 Wealthy Street SE).

To become a user on The Rapidian website, which gives you access to posting comments and storybank pitches for our reporters, register as a user here.

To start your journey as a citizen reporter, those with a user account can request to become a reporter here. You'll be matched with an editorial mentor, who will walk you through everything from coming up with story ideas to publishing on our site. 

As a hyperlocal news source, we cover the community of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This includes the following cities and townships on the map: Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Comstock Park, Plainfield Township, Grand Rapids Township, Ada and Cascade.

All news stories from local citizens are published, as long as they meet just two requirements: they must cover news or people within the coverage area, and they must follow journalism standards and ethics. Your mentor can assist you with both of these requirements, or you can contact our staff at We pride ourselves in being an open and welcoming hyperlocal platform where all voices can be heard, and look forward to having your stories be shared on our pages.