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

On DPTV's weekly news program, host Christy McDonald interviews Sandra Svoboda about the results of the pensioners' voting, what the vote means, how a consultant's feasibility report views the city's restructuring efforts and what's next in the historic bankruptcy case. [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
As part of WDET’s partnership in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, WDET’s Bankruptcy Reporter and Next Chapter Detroit Blogger Sandra Svoboda teamed up with Bridge Magazine’s Mike Wilkinson to look at Mayor Mike Duggan’s campaign finances. They look at his Super PAC from last year’s election, and discuss the other fundraising efforts he has underway. Theircollaborative reports are the first to [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Detroit is known by its most unwelcome attributes: It has one of the highest murder and violent crime rates in the country. And it currently is known as the most populous U.S. city to ever seek bankruptcy protection.  Can it also enjoy the biggest recovery? In a comprehensive piece, Bridge’s [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Gov. Rick Snyder is praising Detroit pensioners for approving the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan, saying “it was hard.” But Snyder admits the bankruptcy is far from a done deal. Other creditor groups are still opposed to the plan and are likely to fight it in court next month. That’s when the [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Now that pensioners have voted in favor of the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan, attorneys will use the results in the case’s confirmation hearing. WDET’s Sandra Svoboda spoke with Wayne State Law Professor Laura Bartell about what the balloting means and what the next steps are in the historical case. Sandra Svoboda: [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

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