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

This week Detroit city retirees begin to see reductions in pension benefits — cuts enacted as part of Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy. Most retirees will see a 4.5 percent cut to their monthly pension payments. WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter has this report. [...]
Mon, Mar 02, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Almost two months after Detroit exited bankruptcy; the MiWeek teams hit the ground covering this week’s Detroit Policy Conference, talking one-on-one with Mayor Mike Duggan and Governor Rick Snyder’s advisor, Paul Pastorek, about key issues affecting the region. [...]
Fri, Feb 27, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
The hosts of Detroit Public Television's weekly public affairs program dissected Judge Steven Rhodes's first interview following the Detroit bankruptcy case. The judge appeared on WDET, one of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative partners along with DPTV. [...]
Fri, Feb 20, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Judge Thomas J. Tucker will now preside over Detroit’s bankruptcy case, following Judge Steven Rhodes’s retirement, effective today. Tucker is a graduate of Harvard law school and the University of Toledo. He’s been a federal bankruptcy judge in Detroit for 12 years. Before that, he practiced law for two decades with the [...]
Wed, Feb 18, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
When Detroit entered bankruptcy a year and a half ago, Judge Steven Rhodes was assigned to preside over the precedent-setting case. He announced last week he is retiring as a bankruptcy-court judge. In his first post-bankruptcy interview, Rhodes joins WDET's Laura Weber-Davis and Sandra Svoboda on Detroit Today. (Photo by [...]
Tue, Feb 17, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

DJC in the News

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