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 deep are budget cuts at Detroit schools? Some can’t afford recess.

July 10, 2018 | Koby Levin

A decade of funding cuts have eliminated play time at Detroit schools serving 6,000 kids. But new leaders say hiring more teachers should eliminate the problem.

Detroit regional mass transit plan dead for 2018

June 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Oakland County won’t support putting a $5 billion transit plan on the ballot this fall, leaving Metro Detroit's RTA scrambling to figure out a plan for 2019 or 2020.

Lawsuits, dirty tricks and an angry ex-wife: Is this Detroit’s ugliest election?

June 26, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Monique Baker McCormick’s 10-year campaign for Wayne County Commission is a primer on dirty political tricks. She’s learned well, but at what cost?

Detroit cut a deal to lure the Pistons downtown. Can the team help the city win?

June 20, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The nation’s poorest big city gave the Pistons millions in financial incentives. The team is giving big to education, arts and food charities. But is it enough?

Detroit gave big tax breaks for jobs. Too bad they pay so little.

June 20, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Developments were given tens of millions in tax credits to build in Detroit, only to create jobs that pay $10 an hour. Not enough for residents to enjoy dining or entertainment in their own city. Increasingly, city officials are saying ‘enough.’

As caregivers struggle to make ends meet, 28K Detroit kids go without care

June 20, 2018 | Kimberly Hayes Taylor

Low pay is one reason Detroit is considered a ‘child care desert,’ and the situation is getting worse: 200 home providers went out of business in the past 12 months.

Is Detroit finally turning the corner?

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Rising rents and tax breaks for developers revive Detroit gentrification fears. But city insiders also note easier access to loans and new business in some long-dormant neighborhoods.  

Poverty is Detroit’s biggest problem. Gentrification doesn’t come close.

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

In a new book, scholar Alan Mallach argues Detroit should welcome newcomers and spend more money training workers and less money building stadiums.

Is your Detroit neighborhood primed for a rebound? (interactive map)

June 19, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Nearly 10,000 blocks of Detroit have been studied to determine whether home values are likely to surge, or are too far gone. How does yours fare?

A year in with a new superintendent, a skeptical Detroit teacher has hope

June 5, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

A veteran first-grade teacher has seen her classroom shrink from 37 students to 23, and teachers now have more time to plan lessons.

Foreclosed for the cost of an iPhone. That’s life in Wayne County.

May 17, 2018 | Sarah Alvarez

Tax foreclosures are decreasing in Detroit, but residents are still losing their homes for less than $1,000 debts.

Listen: Bridge discusses low ridership of Detroit’s QLine streetcar

May 4, 2018 | Bridge Staff

The first year of Detroit’s first mass transit in a half-century saw frequent stoppages and low ridership. Hear a conversation about the QLine’s troubles

Michigan leaders want to make crumbling Detroit fort into national park

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

A movement is afoot to grant protected status to Historic Fort Wayne in time for the opening of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Detroit.

Along Detroit River, city treasures and rare cars hidden in bubble wrap

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Coleman Young’s limo and Lee Iacocca’s Lincoln are stashed in a discreet warehouse on Detroit's Historic Fort Wayne, which some want to make a national park. (slideshow)

A new bridge is dawning in Detroit. Matty Moroun isn’t the only one unhappy.

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Detroit's Delray neighborhood is dying by the day to make room for the Gordie Howe International Bridge crossing to Canada. But not everyone says they’re getting a fair shake.

A truck ferry offers a rare, gorgeous glimpse of Detroit River

May 3, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Slideshow: The Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry offers a vista of Detroit’s industrial past and future that is rarely seen elsewhere.

One year in, Detroit’s QLine falling well short of expectations

May 1, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The streetcar system attracted barely half of its projected riders for several months. Operators are confident it will become an asset.

Guns share spotlight with budget woes at Michigan school convention

April 19, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Amid seminars on retirement costs and finance, budget officials learn how to ward off a gunman during a school conference in Detroit. Another colorful stop on the Michigan Truth Tour.

Listen: Discussion on poaching of Detroit police who received free training

April 17, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Listen to Chastity Pratt-Dawsey discuss efforts in Lansing to allow Detroit to recoup training money from new cops who split for suburban departments.

Podcast flips script, puts mic in hands of Detroit neighborhood residents

April 11, 2018 | April Van Buren

Residents of the MorningSide neighborhood are telling their own stories and crafting their own narratives.

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