Public meetings are important spaces for democracy where any resident can participate in civic life and hold public figures accountable.
Detroit Documenters trains and pays highly engaged citizens to participate in the news-gathering process and contribute to a new public record for the city.
You can now search locations, dates, times and official records for all of Detroit’s public meetings – and sign up to become a Documenter – at Documenters.org.
Documenters is a collaboration between WDET 101.9 FM, City Bureau, CitizenDetroit, Detroit Detroit, Detroit Free Press, and Outlier Media.
Detroit Board of Police Commissioners’ chief investigator works to reduce 800 backlogged citizen complaints
Bridge Detroit’s Bryce Huffman says many of these complaints were over procedures and officers’ demeanor toward city residents.
Detroit Documenters coordinator Noah Kincade says the guide helps voters navigate the process from the beginning, like figuring out where they stand on the issues.
Detroit Documenter Field Coordinator Vassilis Jacob says Documenters program teaches people about different communities.
Dorian Evans is a Documenter who has been taking notes at public meetings in Detroit since 2019. Evans says she joined hundreds of others in the program to stay involved and share that information with Detroiters.
Herndon is one of the hundreds of people who have been trained and paid to attend and document public meetings since the Documenters program started in Detroit in 2018.
Detroit Documenter Ada Nicole Smith says that the Documenters’ grassroots community enables her to stay connected to the city and relay information back to the community.
Documenter Jacinda Cason says one reason the Documenters program is so valuable is because it would be impossible for one person to attend all the meetings Documenters cover.
Documenter David Palmer discusses bridging the gap between public meetings and newsrooms.
Experts predict overdose deaths in Wayne County to stay the same from 2018 to 2019, but trends show deaths increasing among communities of color.
Denzel McCampbell, Communications Director for Rep. Rashida Tlaib, will join the Charter Revision Commission after the previous Commissioner resigned.
The Historic District Commission advises against two projects and the Charter Revision Commission has experienced turbulence on its board, in this week’s city meetings rundown.
Detroit Schools students and teachers report that they feel unprepared for the social and emotional challenges faced on top of homework and tests. Two new initiatives aim to help.
After the Flint Water Crisis, Michigan regulators instituted strictest-in-the-nation water quality standards. But that’s only the beginning for cities like Highland Park, which face public perception and funding challenges in replacing old infrastructure.
In our local news roundup, tensions over a troubling Inspector General report at the Police Commissioners meeting and a new development moves forward.
A focus group reviewing Detroit’s charter recommends changes to civilian oversight of Detroit Police and the Regional Transit Authority readies a plan for 2020.
The city is considering naming the area an official historic district, which would give a city board authority over approving new murals going forward. Local businesses have concerns.
101.9 WDET is partnering with Outlier Media on a reporting project to help Highland Park residents identify gaps in the city’s response to lead detection in tap water.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is collaborating with Western Michigan’s Innocence Project and the City Planning Commission made changes to zoning regulations in public meetings last week.
The civil asset forfeiture laws passed earlier this year would institute higher requirements on the controversial practice, but Detroit Police don’t expect dramatic changes.
Building tension over water shutoffs emerged as activists from Hydrate Detroit confronted the Board of Water Commissioners last week.
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