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

Keeping crime victims from becoming repeat customers

April 27, 2017 | Bill Kubota

A promising Detroit hospital program is steering ER patients ‒ including those engaged in crime themselves ‒ on a safer path. With video.

Eight ways Detroit’s new schools chief can succeed

April 27, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Nikolai Vitti, the incoming superintendent from Florida, faces some age-old Detroit problems: overcrowded classrooms, historically low student achievement, and the burden of replacing a popular predecessor. Here’s what insiders suggest he should tackle first.   

Is gentrification helping or dividing Detroit?

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Two writers discuss gentrification. One sees inequality. The other, glimmers of hope.

Welcome to the New Detroit, white people. So long, poor folks.

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

New book argues City Hall is picking winners and losers. And longtime residents are out of luck.

Bring on the wealthy to ease inequality in Detroit

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Scholar argues that neighborhoods thrive when rich and poor live together.

Detroit scales back drain fees after churches balk

April 20, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

The city reduces controversial surcharge after religious leaders balk.

‘The Intersection’ book explores race, rebellion and the damage done in 1967 Detroit

April 19, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Compilation from Bridge and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative measures how much has changed since deadly days of 1967. It goes on sale today. Get your copy in one click.

'The Intersection': ORDER TODAY

April 19, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Click here to order your copy of our latest, book, "The Intersection." Fifty years after anger and frustration over police-community relations boiled over into a rebellion in Detroit, there are lots of people asking what we’ve learned, how we’ve changed.

Top of the pecking order: Meet your Detroit Chicken

April 18, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Which came first, the artist or the egg? High art generates a new breed of chicken for a Detroit urban farm.

That Detroit rarity: a home mortgage

March 30, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Can you call it a comeback if mortgages are only written in a few communities? Several years into a downtown recovery, neighborhood mortgage lending remains “pathetic.”

One promise Mike Duggan can’t keep?

March 30, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit’s mayor has said early and often he should be judged by whether Detroit gains population. So far, it hasn’t.

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.

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