CPB Awards $659,000 News Collaboration Grant to Three Detroit Public Media Organizations

Jan 27, 2016

Detroit, MI (January 27, 2016) — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded more than $659,000 to public media organizations in Michigan to fund the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, an initiative focused on community life and the city’s future after bankruptcy. The two-year grant will support collaborative, people-focused storytelling by Detroit Public Television (DPTV), WDET (101.9 FM), Michigan Radio (WUOM/WVGR/WFUM), New Michigan Media network of ethnic publications and Bridge Magazine, a non-profit online publication.

“CPB is pleased to support this journalism partnership, which unites Detroit and regional public media stations, along with online and ethnic media organizations to provide quality reporting during these historic times for Motor City,” said Bruce Theriault, CPB senior vice president of journalism and radio. “By working together, these stations and publications can share across their media platforms voices that might not otherwise be heard. The Detroit Journalism Cooperative ensures that important stories from Detroit are told locally, regionally — and nationally.”

“We want to tell stories of the people of Detroit, past, present and future,” said Rich Homberg, president and CEO of Detroit Public Television, the lead station on the grant. “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.”

Public media partners include DPTV, which adds a visual element to the storytelling and hosts important conversations about the city; Detroit public radio station WDET, which launched Next Chapter Detroit, a website with daily coverage of the city’s bankruptcy and restructuring; and Michigan Radio, which produces enterprise and investigative reporting regionally for WUOM in Southeast Michigan, WFUM in Flint and WVGR in West Michigan. They will work with the Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine, an online publication created to inform citizens about civic life, as well as five print publications serving ethnic audiences under the umbrella of New Michigan Media.

The Cooperative’s work is presented in a variety of formats through the partners' venues and on detroitjournalismcooperative.com. The team of journalists will also produce stories for national public media programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, PBS NewsHour and Here and Now.

More information on the partners can be found online here at Detroit Public TelevisionWDETMichigan RadioBridge Magazine and New Michigan Media


About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.