About The DJC


To focus on community life and the city’s future after bankruptcy, five nonprofit media outlets have formed The Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC). The Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine is the convening partner for the group, which includes Detroit Public Television (DPTV), Michigan Radio, WDET and New Michigan Media, a partnership of ethnic and minority newspapers.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism's Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation, the DJC partners are reporting about and creating community engagement opportunities relevant to the city’s bankruptcy, recovery and restructuring.

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Next Chapter Detroit is a place to explore and understand the city’s bankruptcy, its impact on people and neighborhoods and its long-term implications. Powered by coverage and conversations from the media outlets of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, Next Chapter Detroit provides fact-based reporting from trusted sources and opportunities for citizen engagement.

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Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine

Bridge Magazine leads the in-depth reporting efforts of the DJC as part of its mission to better inform and encourage a vibrant Michigan in both the private and public sectors.



Detroit Public TV

Detroit Public Television will add a visual element to the cooperative’s work by telling Detroit stories and hosting important conversations about the city.



Michigan Radio

Producing enterprise and investigative journalism, Michigan Radio’s work with the DJC extends bankruptcy coverage to statewide radio and online audiences.



New Michigan Media

Through its member outlets in the ethnic press, New Michigan Media is focused on explaining, humanizing and discussing Detroit’s bankruptcy with a focus on minority communities of the region.




WDET, Detroit’s public radio station, has launched Next Chapter Detroit, a site where the city's bankruptcy & restructuring is covered daily with original work and partner content in conjunction with The Craig Fahle Show.


Partner Content

We wanted to see what Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes’s commencement speech at Walsh College on Saturday looked like in a Word Cloud — a snappy feature to see what words are most prominent in a text. The full text and audio is here. Here it is: [...]
Sun, Jan 25, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Judge Steven Rhodes used his 18-minute speech at Walsh College’s commencement to offer graduates a few lessons from history’s biggest municipal bankruptcy case in Detroit. Numbering them one through five, Rhodes translated from the 17-month case five lessons learned, and he explained to the crowd at the Zion Christian Church in [...]
Sat, Jan 24, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Gambling revenues cut in half in the last eight years. Property values declining. A third of its casinos shutting down. “Unsustainable bond issuances” funding pension payments. “Imminent danger of running out of cash.” That’s what former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will face as a special consultant to Atlantic City’s newly [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
6:15  p.m. Plenty of proverbial ink is being spilled reporting that Atlantic City is under emergency management — and former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will act as a special consultant to the EM in the New Jersey city. Here are some of the media reports about the news: The Press of Atlantic [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
It took him little way into his 2015 State of the State speech, but Gov. Rick Snyder gave Detroit, its bankruptcy and its emergence from it a few minutes during the annual address last night. Here’s audio of the whole speech: Here’s what he said about Detroit: (Begins at 16:11 into the speech) [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

DJC in the News

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