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Next Chapter Detroit Provides Daily Updates On Detroit's Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Recovery

by: Craig Fahle

January 30, 2013

The story of Detroit’s bankruptcy is complex and multi-layered. Getting the story right, and ensuring accurate, fair, and thoughtful reporting requires in-depth investigations, serious data crunching, a lot of fact checking and at times myth busting.

In an effort to make sure that we serve you better, and tell a richer story of the bankruptcy and its impact on citizens of the city and region alike, WDET has entered into a partnership with four other news organizations called the Detroit Journalism Cooperative. The DJC was created with help from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism's Michigan Reporting Initiative and The Ford Foundation. It includes WDET, Michigan Radio, Detroit Public Television, Bridge Magazine, and New Michigan Media. With a story this big, and this important, we need to work together to help you better understand both the immediate and long term impacts of what the city is going through right now. This is new territory not just for the city, but for all of us. As part of the DJC, WDET has created a new blog - Next Chapter Detroit - to bring you the latest and best information that we can. It will include breaking news, rich feature stories, and interactive content. Most importantly, it will serve as a one-stop shop for the latest and most reliable information.

A task this comprehensive required that we bring someone on board to handle it. I would like to introduce you to Sandra Svoboda, who will be responsible for curating this information. Sandra comes to WDET with significant credentials. She has worked for the Associated Press, the Metro Times, and the Toledo Blade. She has a journalism degree from Indiana University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State. Her experience and education is the right mix to handle a job this complex. Sandra is a great writer, and she will be sharing with you what she has learned on a daily basis. All of us are excited to have Sandra piloting this blog. Feel free to reach out to her with your thoughts and ideas. You can follow @WDETSandra on Twitter, or send emails to nextchapter@wdet.org.

I also invite you to join us each weekday during The Craig Fahle Show. We'll be discussing the latest news with the DJC partners and Sandy on a regular basis and we'll give you the opportunity to share your thoughts and questions through live call-ins.

Thanks again for taking a look. We hope to see you here on a regular basis…together, we can figure this out.

Craig Fahle
General Manager and Host of The Craig Fahle Show