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

Just as many Detroit bankruptcy watchers predicted, former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr says he will head back to the Jones Day law firm in Washington D.C. The University of Michigan law grad spent more than a decade at the firm, working on bankruptcy cases, before Gov. Rick Snyder named him [...]
Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Judge Steven Rhodes says he wishes the court proceedings would have been broadcast live so that the public could have had better access to them. If the media had asked, he says he would have “likely” approved the request. Now retired, Rhodes spoke at a breakfast in Ann Arbor. [...]
Thu, Apr 23, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
WDET, Detroit’s public radio station, and Bridge Magazine won a combined 26 awards in this year’s Society of Professional Journalists-Detroit Excellence in Journalism contest, which is one of the largest journalism competitions in Michigan. The two outlets work together as part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC), a partnership of [...]
Fri, Apr 17, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Attorneys for the city of Detroit claim the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association violated the terms of Judge Steven Rhodes’s Confirmation Order in the bankruptcy case by seeking the addition of association members’ spouses, who are city retirees, to active association members’ health care plans. In the motion filed in bankruptcy [...]
Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Like Detroit, the casino town on the Jersey Shore faces declining revenues, retiree obligations and other expenses it can’t pay for. Gov. Chris Christie appointed an emergency manager earlier this year, and former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is advising. The duo released a report Tuesday (see below), calling for [...]
Wed, Mar 25, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

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