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

Strong state oversight is helping the New Jersey gambling town stay out of bankruptcy court despite a 64 percent loss of its tax base and declining gaming revenues, write the authors of a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr had been consulting for the [...]
Wed, Aug 26, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Some state lawmakers say Michigan should make it easier for cities to collect income taxes. Legislation making its way through the state House would help Detroit collect delinquent taxes. It would also require employers outside of Detroit to withhold income taxes for city residents. Here’s more from the Michigan Public Radio Network. [...]
Mon, Aug 24, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Detroit’s bankruptcy did not set off a national wave of municipal Chapter 9 filings, but the case continues to draw attention and serve as a warning to cities, villages and townships across the United States to keep their fiscal houses in order. That’s according to Mary Murphy, manager on The Pew Charitable [...]
Mon, Aug 24, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Detroit’s financial problems have not been of the one-size-fits-all variety, so state and local governments across the U.S. should take care not to assume the city’s historic Chapter 9 filing is the only solution for distressed municipalities. That said, Detroit is a good case study for the importance of early [...]
Tue, Aug 18, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Detroit has a host of well-documented problems – poverty, crime, street lights, mass transit – that hamper its recovery. But the ability to create jobs may be its biggest hurdle. More jobs could mean less poverty and more tax revenues to fix the many broken things. Bridge Magazine’s Mike Wilkinson [...]
Mon, Aug 10, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

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