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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Featured Projects

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

Detroit’s Financial Review Commission, created by the “grand bargain” legislation, holds its second meeting Friday. The agenda includes reviewing budget timelines and the city’s Plan of Adjustment. The panel also will discuss audit activities. The nine-member group plans to meet at 9 a.m. in the Michigan Gaming Control Board Meeting Room [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
A judge is allowing a challenge to Michigan’s emergency manager law to go forward in federal court in Detroit. Filed last year, the lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the law on the grounds that it violates rights of due process, voting and representative government under the U.S. Constitution. Defendants in the [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
WXYZ-TV7's Jim Kiertzner and Adam Brewster are digging through bills from bankruptcy attorneys and reporting on what they’re finding. They join Laura in the studio, along with WDET's bankruptcy reporter and Next Chapter Detroit blogger Sandra Svoboda to break down the findings and discuss who spent what, and more importantly, [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
While the true cost of Detroit’s bankruptcy won’t be known likely for months, one local media outlet has jumpstarted its investigation into at least a preliminary estimate based on what’s been submitted to the fee examiner in the case. (The fee examiner, who is appointed by the court, reviews billings [...]
Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Detroit’s bankruptcy has focused attention largely on the city’s balance sheet, what cuts retirees face, what settlements were reached with creditors and how much money the city plans to spend on city services going forward. Watching all this with a national perspective has been Bruce Katz. He’s a vice president [...]
Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

DJC in the News

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