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 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.
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