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.


Tax breaks for poor neighborhoods steered to booming pockets in Detroit

March 20, 2018 | Joel Kurth

A deadline is approaching to designate poor areas for tax breaks in Detroit and across the state. So why are some more affluent areas being included?

SE Michigan voters could see new mass transit plan on ballot in November

March 15, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans unveiled a new Southeast Michigan transportation plan after months of meetings with Macomb and Oakland county leaders

Banks are lending again in Detroit...if you live in the right neighborhood

March 15, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Mortgages are up more than a third in the city, but the housing comeback has left out entire swaths of Detroit. City leaders urge patience.

Dan Gilbert says a Detroit housing fix is vital. Here are 5 obstacles.

March 15, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Five reasons why mortgage lending is so tricky in the Motor City, and a few things being done to overcome the hurdles.

Goodbye to Delray, the Detroit enclave residents are getting paid to leave

March 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit is offering new homes to residents to leave a tucked-away, forlorn corner of the city to make way for the Gordie Howe International Bridge

Fond memories and burned homes: Slideshow

March 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Once a haven for Hungarian immigrants, the slice of Southwest Detroit is hanging by a thread in the future home of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Explore the neighborhood through this slideshow.

Duggan hits reverse, now supports Gretchen Whitmer for Michigan governor

February 28, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A month after trying to woo other Democrats to run against Whitmer, Detroit’s mayor threw his enviable political muscle behind the party frontrunner

Detroit council isn’t a stooge for Mayor Mike Duggan, its president says

February 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Just because the Detroit City Council isn’t a laughingstock doesn’t mean its members are a rubber stamp for the mayor, Brenda Jones insists.

Sweeping study proposes major changes to how Michigan schools are funded

February 8, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

Group wants more money for students living in poverty and disabilities. But will it fly?

As mass transit talks slow, will Wayne, Washtenaw counties go it alone?

February 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A few weeks ago, a breakthrough was near for a regional transit plan in southeast Michigan. Now, talks have frayed, and some wonder if a smaller plan is better than none.

Detroit is violent. But is constant video surveillance the answer?

January 11, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Police state or good government? That’s the debate as Detroit considers requiring businesses install live camera feeds.

Breakthrough nears on mass transit tax in southeast Michigan

January 4, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Elected officials this month to propose changes to the Regional Transit Authority in anticipation of November tax request.

Getting away with arson just got easier in Michigan, fire officials fear

January 4, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Budget problems have eliminated a reward program to catch arsonists.

Detroit is back. But for whom?

December 21, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Two experts talk gentrification. One hopes downtown development can help everyone. Another says neighborhoods are collapsing.

What gentrification? Much of Detroit is getting worse.

December 21, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Rich people aren’t displacing residents. Poor people are going from one bad situation to another.

Detroit is booming. Let’s ensure the comeback benefits all.

December 21, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Wealth is returning after decades. Now is the time to discuss policies so developments help everyone.

Can this Detroit principal help students learn quickly enough to save her school?

December 12, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

The state has placed more than three dozen struggling schools on notice: Improve, or else. Can Alisanda Woods beat the clock?

Digital distress: Affordable Internet an equity issue in Michigan

December 7, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The digital divide is real. And poor residents are being left behind.

Watching ‘Detroit’ movie? Read about Algiers Motel case first. (slideshow)

December 7, 2017 | Bridge Staff

A grieving sister. A brilliant lawyer. A conflicted son. These are the stories behind the film out on DVD next week. Only in Bridge.

Detroit shut water to 1 in 10 homes this year. Yes, that’s progress.

December 5, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Since 2014, the city has shut taps on 100,000 homes. Even so, shutoffs are way down this year.