I was recently asked to be a part of something I think could begin a new chapter in how the local media covers Greater Grand Rapids.

   Tomorrow afternoon, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Community Media Center are holding an early afternoon meeting.  The purpose: to discuss how to use a Knight Foundation grant to create neighborhood news bureaus throughout the city and how that content should be distributed.

     At a time when many big media organizations are working through the most difficult economic times we have faced in our careers, it’s going to be refreshing to figure how to use new dollars to better our coverage of the community!

    Look for pictures and more tomorrow evening.  If you read this and have ideas, send them to me or the two organizers of the project:

Roberta King, from the Foundation.   rking@grfoundation.org or Laurie Cirivello of the CMC   laurie@grcmc.org