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

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)

They grew up in the United States. They’re finding a better life abroad.

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Undocumented immigrants are increasingly ‘self-deporting,’ returning to Mexico or other countries and forsaking the American Dream. (video)

Detroit deportee adjusts to Mexico’s poverty. 'You can’t believe it'

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Deportation split his family in two. Now, he’s surrounded by shanties and homes without running water. (video)

Detroit schools compete for teachers. As usual, the students suffer.

October 26, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

Rampant turnover has schools yearning for teachers and turning to bonuses and penalties. Research shows the instability is bad for kids.

Miss the Detroit mayoral debate? You can watch right here

October 24, 2017 | Bridge Staff

Watch the debate right here on Bridge with the incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan and challenger state Senator Coleman Young II.

Is Detroit coming back? It depends on the neighborhood.

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

Bridge Magazine examines four corners of Detroit. The numbers say the city is improving. The people sometimes tell another story.

Warrendale: ‘I don’t feel like we’re part of a renaissance’

October 17, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Joel Kurth

Cheap homes are attracting new residents. But dumping, crime and a feeling of disconnection from City Hall pervade this far-west neighborhood.

Osborn: Bulldozing gives hope in crime-ridden corner

October 17, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

City Hall has spent four years demolishing hundreds of homes in this northeast neighborhood. Many more remain.

Islandview: New development, fears of displacement

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Nancy Derringer

Detroit is planning big changes to a little neighborhood near Belle Isle. Some wonder who will benefit.

Bagley: New residents, more investment, old worries

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Nancy Derringer

In one of city’s most self-reliant neighborhoods, City Hall plans improvements as old brick homes get new owners.

Q&A: Meet the man reimagining Detroit, one vacant lot at a time

October 17, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Maurice Cox’s plan for the city: Make its biggest weakness a strength.

Owe taxes? That’s OK. Wayne County will still sell you foreclosed homes.

October 12, 2017 | Sarah Alvarez

A law was supposed to stop land speculators from buying homes at tax auctions. It hasn’t worked out that way.

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?

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