CPB funds Detroit Journalism Cooperative

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CPB has added its support to a public media collaboration covering Detroit’s post-bankruptcy future.

The $659,000 grant backs the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, made up of lead station Detroit Public Television, WDET and Michigan Radio. New Michigan Media, a network of ethnic and minority media in Michigan, and Bridge Magazine, a nonprofit digital outlet focusing on civic life in Michigan, are also involved. The cooperative launched in 2014.

“We want to tell stories of the people of Detroit, past, present and future,” said Rich Homberg, president and CEO of Detroit Public Television, in a press release. “This grant will allow us the opportunity to continue and expand our coverage of the City in partnership with the DJC, so we can showcase Detroit’s emergence to the rest of the nation.”

As part of the collaboration, WDET has created a standalone website, Next Chapter Detroit, offering daily coverage of Detroit’s bankruptcy and restructuring. Michigan Radio has focused on investigative reporting, and DPTV has focused on visual storytelling.

CPB has also supported journalism collaborations in Indiana, Alaska, Illinois, Arkansas and the Ohio River region in the last two months.