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

Parks in Post-Bankruptcy Detroit
The Plan of Adjustment provided $10 million for Detroit’s parks, writes Bridge Magazine’s Bill McGraw, which means improvements at dozens of parks around the city this summer. A tripling the number of workers tending them. Growing corporate support. A collection of volunteer park lovers adopting green space in Detroit neighborhoods and [...]
Tue, Jul 14, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Detroit’s Bankruptcy Judge Advising Puerto Rico
Officials in Puerto Rico are hearing from Detroit’s former bankruptcy judge about how Chapter 9 works and how it allowed Detroit to restructure its debt, including pensions. Now-retired Judge Steven Rhodes is advising the Commonwealth about federal bankruptcy law. With its roughly $70 billion in bond debt and $35 billion in [...]
Mon, Jun 29, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Does the Great Lakes Water Authority Need State Approval?
One state legislator says the process of creating a regional authority to manage southeast Michigan’s water needs to start from scratch. Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek reports State Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth Township) says the arrangement is “not a real authority”—because only the state legislature can create such arrangements. Heise plans to re-introduce [...]
Tue, Jun 16, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
On Michigan Radio: Water deal reached…but not all problems solved
It’s official: Detroit and the suburbs have struck a water deal. Leaders voted to let Detroit lease its massive, crumbling water and sewer system to a new, regional board called the Great Lakes Water Authority. The deal was originally cooked up as part of Detroit’s bankruptcy, as a way for [...]
Tue, Jun 16, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)
Macomb County Exec: New Water Authority Will Cost Region Millions in Rate Hikes.
The new Great Lakes Water Authority is leasing Detroit’s pipeline system which provides water to most of southeastern Michigan. By every account it’s an historic bit of cooperation in a tri-county area where officials spent decades battling over water rates. But not everyone’s a fan. Macomb County voted against creating the authority. County Executive [...]
Tue, Jun 16, 2015
Source: Next Chapter Detroit (WDET)

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