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

Baby, it’s cold outside, and new rules make it harder to get help in Michigan

December 13, 2018 | Sarah Alvarez

Each year, Michigan helps 122,000 families keep the heat on when bills rise too high. This year, the state is enforcing controversial asset tests meant to crack down on fraud.

Detroit wants to extend comeback to neighborhoods. So far, it’s a slow go.

November 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s marquee project to revitalize the Fitzgerald neighborhood is far behind schedule. What does that mean for the rest of the city?

Forum proposes 5 ways to fix Detroit's problems with frequent school changes

November 16, 2018 | Koby Levin

A Bridge Magazine and Chalkbeat forum searches for solutions to fix Detroit's persistent problems with students changing classes. 

Forum to seek solutions to Detroit’s problems with frequent school moves

November 7, 2018 | Bridge Staff

School officials and experts to gather Nov. 15 to discuss issues highlighted in joint report by Bridge Magazine and Chalkbeat. Program will be aired later on WDET-FM and Detroit Public Television.

As governor, Whitmer would create a ‘Detroit-specific strategy’ for K-12 education

October 26, 2018 | Koby Levin

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said she would push for increased regulation of charter schools in Detroit if elected in November.

Detroit studying whether to shut water in underpopulated neighborhoods

October 24, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Rising costs, aging infrastructure: Are closing taps to abandoned blocks the answer? Detroit is amid a study to find out.

In Detroit, surviving without running water has become a way of life

October 24, 2018 | Joel Kurth

New records show more than 1,500 occupied homes never had water restored this year after disconnections for nonpayment. That’s at least 1 in 10 shutoffs this year from Detroit’s aggressive collections.

$100 million for waterfront a boon to Detroit, will connect to state trails

October 18, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Foundation started by the late Buffalo Bills owner and Michigander Ralph Wilson donated the funds to develop the waterfront park

Bill Schuette, Gretchen Whitmer push for bus fixes to help Detroit schools

October 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Koby Levin

Candidates for Michigan governor say they can help crisis of Detroit kids switching schools too often, tanking test scores.

Slideshow | A closer look at the students at Bethune School in Detroit

October 1, 2018 | Bridge Staff

View photos of the students who were in eighth grade in homeroom 8B last school year. On average, they had attended four or more schools since kindergarten.

Five ways to reduce harm of students frequently changing schools

October 1, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Erin Einhorn

Streamlining records, expanding transportation, improving staffing are some of the ways schools can improve when populations frequently change.

When students leave Detroit schools, staff often has no clue where they go.

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Dozens of different companies operate schools in Detroit and rarely share information, so educators often don’t know if children transferred or are in grave danger.

Detroit makes it easy to switch schools. So parents do. Frequently.

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn

A survey shows that parents cite desire for better education as top reason for switching schools. But a plethora of choice is a big reason why Detroit schools suffer.

In Detroit, students never say goodbye. That’s a heartbreak for teachers.

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Highly transient populations in Detroit make classroom cohesion difficult, adding yet another challenge atop many others for teachers.

The children of 8B: Choice, school hopping brings ‘chaos’ to Detroit classrooms

October 1, 2018 | Erin Einhorn, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

One in three elementary school students changes schools every year in Detroit, a city with so many school options that choice has become a big reason test scores are so low.

National group is paying bail for poor jail defendants in Detroit

September 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The project, supported by Wayne County Jail officials, is part of a movement to eliminate cash bail to avoid disparities between those who can pay and those who can’t while they await their day in court.

Is lead in your Michigan school’s water? Chances are, nobody knows.

September 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Samana Sheikh

As state bills requiring school water tests stall, Detroit’s voluntary testing raises questions about lead in schools across Michigan.

M-STEP results trouble for most struggling schools in Detroit, statewide

August 29, 2018 | Koby Levin

Detroit schools saw just a small fraction of its students post a passing score in English Language Arts and math. But new leaders say their changes are only now starting to be implemented.

Poor people at risk of eviction as tax credits expire and Detroit revives

August 21, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit city officials, housing advocates and developers are scrambling to preserve low-income housing as tax credits expire in the city’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Real estate is hot in Detroit. But its top owner, the city, isn’t selling.

August 21, 2018 | Sarah Alvarez, Leah Samuel

The Detroit Land Bank owns 20 percent of all residential property in the city. But just 3 percent of its holdings are for sale, frustrating would-be homeowners.

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