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

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s pleased with how quickly the Detroit bankruptcy trial wrapped up – and he’s looking forward to the judge’s decision late next week. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports. [...]
Tue, Oct 28, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Judge Steven Rhodes is on the bench, and closing arguments have begun. Here’s the lineup attorneys predicted last week. This morning, city attorney Bruce Bennett has been outlining why the latest Plan of Adjustment should be confirmed, focusing so far on the settlements and moves that reduce city expenditures. This afternoon, [...]
Mon, Oct 27, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
As Detroit is poised to exit bankruptcy, work continues on other issues critical to the region’s future. In this piece published by our Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, Bridge Magazine, writer Chelsea Maralason takes a look at the city’s non-motorized planning and related issues. She writes, “In the plan aimed for [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Detroit is going to scrap its own copper wiring, and the court’s expert witness Martha Kopacz takes the stand today. WDET’s bankruptcy reporter and Next Chapter Detroit blogger Sandra Svoboda has the latest on the bankruptcy trial, and says the end is in sight. [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
“Emotionally, it is easy to agree to be aghast at the thought of turning even more land into concrete ribbons. Paving over paradise. as Joni Mitchell might have sung. Yet there’s another side to this, which is that the city and state have present and future urgent transportation needs,” writes [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

DJC in the News

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