Detroit Documenters

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 is a collaboration between WDET 101.9 FM, City Bureau, CitizenDetroit, Detroit Detroit, Detroit Free Press, and Outlier Media.


Meet Detroit Documenter Lynelle Herndon

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.

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