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

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.

Rising rents. Falling wages. Detroit’s poor face housing crisis.

August 21, 2018 | Aaron Mondry

Away from Midtown, stable housing increasingly is becoming out of reach for the working poor.

Gretchen Whitmer officially taps Garlin Gilchrist II as running mate

August 20, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Whitmer’s announcement came as Democrats and Republicans prepare for their nominating conventions — and days after GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette named Kent County Clerk and former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons.  

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan flexes clout, mostly scores with Dem wins

August 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Joel Kurth

The mayor got behind Gretchen Whitmer and targeted lawmakers who fought auto insurance reforms. But Duggan candidates had some big misses, too.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on problems plaguing cities

August 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan governor candidates talk about how to solve city-specific problems related to revenue sharing, auto insurance reform, poverty and more.

Race, religion could decide who replaces John Conyers Jr. in Congress

August 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Six candidates vie Tuesday to succeed the civil rights icon from Michigan who stepped down last year. Here’s what voters need to know.

John Conyers’ son rejected again in bid for U.S. Congress

July 31, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Clerk says John Conyers III can’t run as an Independent. His last shot to fill his father’s seat would be a write-in campaign.

It’s official: No vote this year for transit fixes in southeast Michigan

July 19, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The Regional Transit Authority board’s inaction Thursday means that yet another proposal to improve regional transportation has died.

It’s Detroit vs. everybody again, thanks to transit tax and city comeback.

July 17, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Jobs are leaving the suburbs for Detroit, reviving age-old ‘us versus them’ feuding among regional leaders.

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.

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