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

Bridge Magazine's Nancy Derringer and MLive reporter David Muller join Rochelle and Laura to discuss the relationship between Detroit's seniors and gentrification in the city's greater downtown district. We consider it a preview of discussions that promise to further intensify in the city's post-bankruptcy era if reinvestment continues and repopulation [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
NextChapterDetroit's Sandra Svoboda joins Laura Weber Davis and guest host Rochelle Riley to describe the latest courtroom surprises, how the DWSD bond sale is progressing and what to expect at the city's bankruptcy trial, scheduled to begin Tuesday. [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
UPDATE: Here is the actual objection filed in court by creditors objecting to the DIA settlement proposed in the city’s bankruptcy case. In it, attorneys argue Judge Steven Rhodes should reject the city’s plans on the grounds that it does not maximize the value of the city’s assets (the artwork). The [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
It was Syncora’s “Alternative Universe” argument. An attorney for the bond insurer asked Judge Steven Rhodes to consider the Detroit bankruptcy case from the perspective of the financial creditor in a creative nine-minute narrative on Monday that was part of a bigger hearing. Part Mad Libs, part legal strategy, part emotional appeal, [...]
Tue, Aug 26, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Remember Andy Dillon? He was the state representative from Redford who became Speaker of the House. After he was term-limited out, Gov. Rick Snyder named him state Treasurer where he played a key role in Detroit’s run up to bankruptcy. Now he’s with Conway MacKenzie, a restructuring firm that has [...]
Tue, Aug 26, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

DJC in the News

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