Detroit Journalism Cooperative

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 and the Ford Foundation, the DJC partners are reporting about and creating community engagement opportunities relevant to the city’s bankruptcy, recovery and restructuring.

Articles

How Trump can help Detroit

February 22, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Suffice to say, Detroit did not go Donald Trump’s way last November. But the new president promised to bring more jobs, better schools and safer streets to African-American communities. We asked Detroit residents and civic leaders what making Detroit great again might look like.

Detroit churches face off with mayor over spike in water bills

February 2, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Noah had to deal with a deluge. So do Detroit faith leaders, in the form of sharply rising bills to cover stormwater runoff. The city is offering help, but some say they fear closure.

How one businesswoman is drawing inspiration from a legendary madam

February 1, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Bailey Sisoy Isgro never knew Helen McGowan, the infamous “Motor City Madam,” whose women catered to Detroit’s discretion-seeking power brokers. But her brothel is fueling another potent business.

Refugees in Michigan by the numbers

January 31, 2017 | Sandra Svoboda

People from six of seven countries named in President Trump’s temporary immigration ban have come to Michigan in the last 15 years. Here are the data.

He started the Detroit riot. His son wrestles with the carnage.

December 15, 2016 | Bill McGraw

Bill Scott threw the first bottle at police, an act that encouraged violent uprisings by black Detroiters in 1967. His son grew up thinking his race didn’t matter. Until one night, suddenly, it did.

Black flight to suburbs masks lingering segregation in metro Detroit

December 6, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Residential racism may be less overt than in the 1960s, but whites still live among whites, and blacks among blacks, 50 years after the violence of 1967.

Will Detroit school board candidates choose to fight or unite?

October 25, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Some of the 63 candidates for school board want to carry on the fight against the state’s financial oversight. Others vow to work within the state’s restrictions. See our database on each candidate.

The War on Crime, not crime itself, fueled Detroit’s post-1967 decline

October 18, 2016 | Bill McGraw

In this Q-and-A, historian and National Book Award finalist Heather Ann Thompson argues that draconian police tactics in black Detroit neighborhoods had as much to do with the city’s decimation as white flight and lost jobs

Three prison reform ideas drawing bipartisan support

October 18, 2016 | Bill McGraw

Increasingly, policymakers across the political spectrum are coalescing around specific areas to reduce prison populations and successfully integrate inmates back in their communities.

School choice, metro Detroit’s new white flight

September 13, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Nearly 50 years after the racial tumult of 1967, state schools of choice policies are helping to create more racially segregated districts in metro Detroit and beyond.

DATABASE: How 'school choice' has changed Michigan districts

September 13, 2016 | Bridge Staff

See how school choice has changed racial demographics in some districts across the region

Walking back segregation in Ferndale schools

September 13, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Ferndale, an inner-ring suburb popular with Detroit students, is taking bold steps to desegregate its schools.

Hatch contest leans toward white winners in majority black Detroit

September 6, 2016 | Bill McGraw

The $50,000 Hatch Detroit competition has helped startups launch creative businesses in the thriving central city. But winning entries for entrepreneurs of color in Detroit’s neighborhoods have proven more elusive.

The Detroit Historical Museum wants your story from the summer of ‘67

August 16, 2016 | Bill McGraw

The museum is collecting oral histories from Detroit and suburban residents who lived through the chaos and pain of the disturbances that took place in Detroit that summer as its 50th anniversary nears.

For Detroit’s new school board, state still wields the power

August 2, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit’s school board will have power limits unlike other districts across Michigan. Some fear that those restrictions will scare off strong candidate

Detroit pension funds under pressure to reach ‘Grand Bargain’ goals

August 2, 2016 | Sandra Svoboda

Early payments to city retirement funds from the state and the Detroit Institute of Arts were heavily discounted, which means the troubled pensions must produce even bigger returns over two decades.

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