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

Today’s testimony includes witnesses who will shed light on the city’s settlement deal with Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., which includes a development agreement for the Joe Louis Arena site, as well as other settlement. 10:57 a.m. Also new in the city’s restructuring plan, Malhotra testified that the city could reap $5 million [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Laura speaks with Crain’s Detroit Business Reporter and Editor of the new “Detroit 2.0″ special section, Amy Haimerl, about the future of Detroit finances and business. They discuss the “Big Bet on Detroit,” and according to Haimerl there are several. As the city works through this financial crisis, Haimerl says the first [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
9:18 a.m. Judge Rhodes updated the remaining trial schedule: The city will present a handful of witnesses to substantiate the FGIC settlement tomorrow. Then Wednesday, the court’s expert witness will be on the stand. Closing arguments will be next week. Judge Rhodes will announce his opinion on plan confirmation the week of Nov. 3 9:10 [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
"The bankruptcy may soon be over. And then, of course, the really hard part, Detroit’s future, begins. Stay tuned," says Jack Lessenberry, political commentator at Michigan Radio, our Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner. Here's more of what he had to say about the FGIC settlement, the future waterfront development...and what it [...]
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
This week’s announcement that Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. had settled its $1.4 billion claim with the city as part of the bankruptcy case was, obviously, big news. Here’s a roundup of what a variety of media outlets broadcast and published about it. Bloomberg’s Steven Church (based in Delaware) and Chris Christoff [...]
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

DJC in the News

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