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

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)
After nearly two weeks off so creditors could react to settlements reached in the case, Detroit’s bankruptcy confirmation hearing resumes today. Up first on the city’s witness schedule: financial analyst Gaurav Malhotra. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is scheduled for later this week…perhaps as early as tomorrow. 4:57 p.m. Court is concluded. The [...]
Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Judge Steven Rhodes this morning denied a request to halt the water shutoffs to thousands of customers with past due bills. “The harm to the city would be significant,” he said. Following the two-day evidentiary hearing last week, Rhodes read his decision from the bench before the bankruptcy trial proceedings resumed. He [...]
Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
A state loan board has approved $1 billion in loans to help with Detroit bankruptcy recovery. Of that sum, $325 million is allocated to bankruptcy exit financing that will also aid Detroit in restoring its credit rating. Here's a report from Rick Pluta, of the Michigan Public Radio Network. [...]
Sun, Sep 28, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
The city filed a new witness list indicating who will be on the stand next week when the trial resumes. Up first, financial analyst Gaurav Malhotra and restructuring expert Ken Buckfire. Mayor Mike Duggan is the last planned witness. Here’s the full order: 9.25.14 City Witness List [...]
Fri, Sep 26, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

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