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Getting the Word Out: Media Services for Nonprofit Organizations

August 28, 2019 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT

Getting the Word Out: Media Services for Nonprofits

This event is part of the Johnson Center’s FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series

The Community Media Center (CMC) offers a wide variety of communication tools to local nonprofit organizations, many free of charge — and many you may recognize from listening to WYCE, reading The Rapidian, or catching a program on GRTV. Since their last presentation at the Johnson Center in 2015, the CMC has added new opportunities and programs to help nonprofit professionals further their mission.

Join us on August 28 to learn about the many ways you can promote your organization through Public Service Announcements (PSAs), radio and TV interviews, citizen journalism, information technology, and more!

Key Takeaways:

  • Overview of the CMC departments and their services: GRTV, WYCE, The Rapidian, Wealthy Theatre, and IT Services.
  • Free promotional services offered through GRTV, WYCE, and The Rapidian.
  • Brief introduction to media literacy and its importance to accessing the CMC’s services.

Featuring: Linda Gellasch, Hayes Griffin, Ted Diedrich, Sarah Vesely, Ron Woldyk, and Deisy Madrigal
Cost: Free!

Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this event. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

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Linda Gellasch is the Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. She has been with Community Media Center since 2001, transitioning her career as a News & Editorial journalist to Nonprofit Community Media. With a passion for information and democracy, and a love for Community Media Center in particular, her role as CMC’s Executive Director has brought together two worlds of interest. Gellasch also serves on various nonprofit boards, opening up opportunities for partnership relationships for Community Media Center.
Hayes Griffin is the Station Manager for 88.1fm WYCE. Before joining the Community Media Center staff, Hayes earned a B.A. in Music Performance from Denison University, an M.M. in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music, and spent nearly 10 years as a touring musician and educator. His online business, Built to Last Music Notes, has published books for some of the top names in bluegrass music and serves as a hub for acoustic music education. Hayes is passionate about public radio and its power to elevate underserved voices in local communities.
Ted Diedrich is the Station Manager for GRTV, the public access television station in Grand Rapids, MI, and has been working in the field of community media for over two decades. His background includes degrees in mathematics and German from Aquinas College.
Sarah Vesely is a community-minded film enthusiast. She’s the Director of Wealthy Theatre, a professor of Visual & Media Arts at Grand Valley State University, and a professor of Screenwriting at Compass College of Cinematic Arts. She received B.A. in Film & Video Production from Grand Valley State University and her M.F.A. in Screenwriting at Hollins University in Virginia.
Ron Woldyk is the Community Media Center’s IT Director. Ron has been a web developer for 16 years, the past 12 of which have been as a primary developer on nonprofit website projects at GRCMC. He enjoys working with nonprofits and helping to get their particular message to the community in the best possible ways, making the world a better place. Ron was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa, and has ridden his bicycle across the United States.
Deisy Madrigal is the Program Development Manager at the Community Media Center, and has serving the Grand Rapids community for 20+ years. She was instrumental in the creation of the culturally specific and sensitive domestic violence program and woman’s group Project H.O.P.E. Deisy has particular expertise and experience in the issues related to cultural determinants in access to services for Latinos in West Michigan. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in infusing a holistic approach in developing programs for the Latino community. Deisy Madrigal studied criminal justice and psychology, and is multi-lingual — speaking English, Spanish, and French.


August 28, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


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