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

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.

A fight for teachers weakens Detroit schools.

November 30, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Teacher shortages and poaching of talent among traditional and charter schools hurts students in the low-performing school district.

Garlin Gilchrist to seek recount in Detroit clerk loss

November 21, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit city clerk candidate who lost by 1,482 votes wants absentee votes recounted.

A lawsuit and recount threats. Yes, it’s Detroit post-election season.

November 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Democracy isn’t pretty. It’s even less so in Detroit, so experts are urging audits of balloting to restore faith in elections.

Detroit election issues (surprise!) could prompt recount

November 8, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Clerk candidate Garlin Gilchrist says he’s concerned about reports of irregularities and may seek a recount in his narrow loss Tuesday.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wins big. Does he have a mandate?

November 8, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Few surprises in Detroit, Flint and other cities. Here are takeaways from Tuesday’s elections.

American dream, Mexican nightmare: A Michigan mom’s life after deportation.

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

She grew up in America, married an American and had an American baby. Her story could hold lessons to Dreamers worried about deportation. (video)

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