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

Whitmer to Detroit chamber: ‘There is not enough pot to fill the potholes.’

March 15, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Governor brings budget tour to Detroit, asks for help getting GOP to support 45-cent gas tax to fix roads, schools, water

Fiat Chrysler promises 5,000 jobs. But not all Detroiters love the plan.

March 14, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Fiat Chrysler hosts its first community meeting for a massive investment on the eastside of Detroit. It could have gone better, with several neighbors doubting whether the deal would benefit nearby residents.

Tempers cool as Detroit charter commission gets to work – and gets sued

March 14, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit’s charter commission sets sights on water affordability, housing, planning and zoning, and is sued on claims it violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.

One in five Detroit rentals face eviction. Time to call in the lawyers?

March 12, 2019 | Joel Kurth

A coalition of foundations and law firms is calling for low-income renters to be represented by a lawyer at eviction hearings. In New York, a similar program actually saved the city money.

Memo to Mike Duggan: This is the real state of the City of Detroit

March 5, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Mike Wilkinson

Key metrics measuring the health of Detroit –  income, home values, poverty, foreclosures – show real progress since Mike Duggan became mayor in 2013. But he also benefits from starting at one of the worst periods in the city’s history.

Crime dips in Detroit. But ‘people do not feel safe,’ commissioner says.

March 5, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Violence remains a big impediment to Detroit’s comeback. Despite encouraging trends, there’s no ‘magic formula’ for Mayor Mike Duggan, a veteran police commissioner says.

Detroit neighborhoods are making progress, but not all feel the love

March 5, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Mayor Mike Duggan has made neighborhood revitalization a top priority, but the city’s priorities have prompted questions of equity.

Detroit is billing residents for rain. It’s going as well as you’d think.

March 4, 2019 | Joel Kurth

Facing major repairs, Detroit has revamped rates on treating stormwater. That’s led to astronomical rates, a lawsuit and familiar questions about equity in a rapidly changing city.

Mayor Mike Duggan says Detroit won’t be undercounted in 2020 Census

March 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit plans to hire 100 workers and raise $1.7 million to spread the word about the Census and ensure the city’s population is accurate.

Detroit’s decrepit schools could stall city comeback. Does Lansing care?

February 26, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit gets a credit upgrade, but analysts and experts warn that a $1.4 billion school maintenance bill will explode into a crisis unless lawmakers take action.

Slideshow: See the sorry state of Osborn High School in Detroit

February 26, 2019 | Anthony Lanzilote

Broken windows, crumbling ceiling tiles and faulty heating system. That’s life on Detroit’s east side, and the condition of it and other school could hinder the city’s comeback.

Detroit must build its middle class to make its comeback

February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A new report says Detroit is 25 percent middle class and needs 27,000 new black families earning $46,000 or more to stabilize neighborhoods.

Detroit is doing better. How much? That’s where experts disagree.

February 12, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A nationally known urbanist and Detroit’s planning director debate how excited to get about the city’s comeback. Surprise, surprise. They disagree.

Detroit has another charter commission. Just don’t ask why.

January 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

For the fourth time in 300 years, Detroit has convened a group to examine changes to its governing structure. But even commissioners acknowledge their mission is unclear.

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.

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