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

"The bankruptcy may soon be over. And then, of course, the really hard part, Detroit’s future, begins. Stay tuned," says Jack Lessenberry, political commentator at Michigan Radio, our Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner. Here's more of what he had to say about the FGIC settlement, the future waterfront development...and what it [...]
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
This week’s announcement that Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. had settled its $1.4 billion claim with the city as part of the bankruptcy case was, obviously, big news. Here’s a roundup of what a variety of media outlets broadcast and published about it. Bloomberg’s Steven Church (based in Delaware) and Chris Christoff [...]
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
The authority that will oversee the disbursement of $195 million of state money to Detroit’s pension funds if the bankruptcy restructuring plan is approved is holding its first meeting at 9 a.m. Friday. We’ll have updates from the meeting. Meanwhile, here’s some background: The Michigan Settlement Administration Authority was created as part [...]
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
The United Nations is sending representatives to Detroit to hear concerns over the city shutting off water service to thousands of customers. The question is whether water is a right…or a privilege. Bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes recently rejected a request to issue a restraining order against the shut-offs, saying he [...]
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
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After negotiations lasted until the wee hours of the morning, the city today filed its proposed agreement with bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. in the bankruptcy case. The full document is below. Here are a few highlights: *A development agreement would mean FGIC or its developer partner would build  “mixed-use facility” on [...]
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

DJC in the News

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