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

Diary of a longshot: Inside Coleman Young’s no-frills bid for Detroit mayor.

October 10, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

He has a name, but little money. So Young relies on his speeches in his uphill climb to unseat incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan.

Detroit police improve response times. But not all neighborhoods are equal.

October 3, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

A Bridge analysis shows that police responses to emergencies are roughly the same in all neighborhoods, but vary wildly for lesser crimes.

A Michigan deportee adjusts to Mexico. ‘I don’t wish this on anybody’

October 3, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Raised in America, a young Detroit woman is a stranger in a violent land in Mexico after she is deported.

Promises, meet reality: Measuring Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s first term.

September 28, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Bridge Magazine scours State of City speeches to filter fact from promises of Detroit’s mayor.

Why residents left Detroit. And why some are coming back. (video)

September 28, 2017 | Alexandra Schmidt

Bridge Magazine and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative gathered Detroiters past and present to share their choices. A theme emerged.

Poor in Michigan with no ID. “I am somebody. I just can’t prove it.”

September 26, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Ted Roelofs

Laws passed to prevent terrorism and identity theft have made it harder to get the state-issued ID needed to escape poverty. A peek inside the poverty trap.  

A Detroit bathhouse cleans up its act. Welcome to the Schvitz. (Slideshow)

September 21, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Once steamy and seedy, a North End sauna has booted the swingers and is investing big money in rehab work. Can it be a Detroit spa destination?

Slideshow: Gorgeous postcards offer valentine to bygone Detroit

September 14, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Architecture buff turns postcard collection into picture book. Take a peek at the fabulous and familiar with 11 images from Detroit’s colorful past.

No time for sleep. Nikolai Vitti has a school district to save in Detroit (slideshow)

September 14, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Detroit’s new superintendent only gets three hours’ sleep per night. There’s no time to waste if he’s going to fix a district pushed to the brink.

Are there two Detroits? A new report says yes, but...

September 12, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Downtown and Midtown Detroit get more tax breaks and investment than neighborhoods. Why? That’s where the good jobs are.

Kid Rock slams critics. ‘I am king of Detroit’ and ‘love black people’

September 11, 2017 | Bridge Staff

The controversial singer weighs in on protests that began after a Bridge Magazine column criticizing his concerts this week at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena.

Eleven surprising facts that define Detroit’s ‘139 Square Miles’ (Slideshow)

August 29, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

Detroit’s middle class is shrinking and poverty remains rampant, but neighborhoods are stabilizing, a new report shows.

Detroit is a city with many needs. So why are bikes such a priority?

August 24, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

The city’s neighborhoods are still in need of many improvements, but they’re getting striped set-asides for cyclists. Transportation evolution or an amenity for the few?

Arson finally on decline in Detroit. Now for the bad news.

August 22, 2017 | Joel Kurth

A popular rewards program is set to vanish at year’s end. Homeowners, firefighters and insurers could feel the effects statewide.

Botched elections. Missing ballots. Is this any way to run a democracy?

August 1, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Michigan’s failed presidential recount last year wasn’t an aberration. It’s part of a pattern that has some concerned about the integrity of elections.

Detroit Police killed their sons at the Algiers Motel. No one ever said sorry.

July 25, 2017 | Danielle McGuire

Three black teens died at the Algiers 50 years ago today. So did faith in justice for their families.

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

July 21, 2017 | 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.

He became famous defending ‘Algiers Motel’ cops. Deal with it.

July 13, 2017 | Joel Kurth

With the release of “Detroit,” director Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the killings of three black teens during the 1967 unrest, the lawyer who successfully defended several infamous white Detroit officers looks back with indifference toward his critics.

Share your 1967 recollections and attend showing of documentary on Detroit uprisings

July 11, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Additional showings of “12th and Clairmount,” a documentary produced by the Detroit Free Press in collaboration with Bridge and WXYZ-TV, have been scheduled as the 50th anniversary of the unrest of 1967 approaches.

Can Detroit find salvation through demolition?

July 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Mike Duggan is the latest Detroit mayor to measure success by tearing down homes. Two scholars debate whether the strategy works.

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