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

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is expected on the witness stand later today but first up is billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert. Judge Steven Rhodes plans to have some motion hearings after Gilbert’s testimony. We’ll have updates throughout the day as city attorneys continue to make their case that the Plan of [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Host Laura Weber Davis gets a bankruptcy update and discusses the ongoing water shutoffs in and around Detroit with bankruptcy reporter and Next Chapter Detroit blogger Sandra Svoboda. Earlier this week, Judge Steven Rhodes denied a request to halt the shutoffs happening to thousands of customers behind on their bills. [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Just because bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes refused to halt water shutoffs doesn't mean he's not sympathetic to those who can't pay...Lessenberry writes it's a "complex and highly emotional issue. But I think both sides need to acknowledge this much: First, Judge Rhodes did not say he wasn’t sympathetic to those [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
On a special, Detroit Public Television-produced Frontline episode, Reporter Christy McDonald and Producer Bill Kubota tell the story of the efforts to support neighborhoods across the city using social media technology and innovative financing. As they report, vacant structures in any city mean trouble. They are a haven for predators, [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr could take the stand today. But there are two witnesses ahead of him, according to city attorneys. First is Vyto Kaunelis, a consultant with OHM Advisors, an environmental, architecture and planning firm. He’s likely followed by Ken Buckfire, of the Miller Buckfire banking restructuring firm. Here’s an interview the [...]
Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

DJC in the News

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