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

Photo by Michael Ference
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes and Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen appeared together to receive awards from Goodwill Industries. The nonprofit agency also honored the 12 foundations that chipped in for the grand bargain. As the men were honored at the lunchtime event, held  at the [...]
Mon, May 18, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
WDET, Wayne State’s public radio station, and its partners in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative will continue exploring the city’s recovery from bankruptcy and ongoing financial issues with an additional $500,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Launched at the beginning of 2014 with funding from Knight [...]
Fri, May 15, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Detroit’s blight The Detroit Land Bank Authority will receive nearly $12 million from the city’s general fund, following a split City Council vote last week. Land bank officials say they needed the monies to operate and continue demolition of vacant and abandoned properties. The council also transferred nearly 38,000 city-owned residential properties [...]
Sun, May 10, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
As the Legislature considers solutions for education problems in Detroit, the MiWeek team discusses to what extent “Detroit fatigue” has infected the conversations. The weekly program airs on Detroit Public Television, one of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative partners. [...]
Sun, May 10, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
“In my Detroit neighborhood, the change I wish to see seems so far away,” writes Khalil Ligon in an essay broadcast on Michigan Radio, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner. “Imagining places that are clean, safe and vibrant threads my work as an urban planner and sustainability advocate. Yet, despite years [...]
Sun, May 10, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

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