Detroit Documenters: Training Workshop

Presented by WDET 101.9, Outlier Media, CityBureau, CitizenDetroit

March 15, 2019 to March 15, 2019
10 a.m. to noon
Citizen Detroit
2020 14th St Room 101, Detroit, MI View on map

Share this event with friends:

Public meetings are important spaces for democracy where any resident can participate in civic life and hold public figures accountable. But how does the public know when meetings are happening, and what impactful decisions are being made? It isn’t easy!

That’s why WDETOutlier Media, and CitizenDetroit are working with Chicago’s civic journalism newsroom, City Bureau, to further develop City Bureau’s Documenters Program in Detroit. Documenters are citizens and civic actors; creators and collaborators; representing a broad base of intergenerational, diverse communities. City Bureau recruits, trains and pays this group of highly engaged citizens to participate in the newsgathering process and contribute to a communal pool of knowledge.

Together we’re democratizing news & information at the local level.

Next Steps: Detroit Documenter Training

This spring, City Bureau will continue the Documenters project in Detroit with a focus on Detroit’s education ecosystem including public schools, charter schools, higher education, and workforce development programs. 

Our public trainings allow you to learn new skills and get paid to attend public meetings that impact Detroit families.

Note: You are not required to have attended our March 7 Detroit Documenters Open House to become eligible for paid assignments via the Detroit Documenters pilot project.

How you can get involved:

To become eligible for paid assignments, Detroit residents must 1) enroll as a Detroit Documenter by filling out our open enrollment form 2) attend at least one City Bureau-sponsored training.

What to bring:

Pen, paper and any device that connects to wifi (a laptop, iPad, phone).

Image credit: CB

This event is a part of Detroit Documenters .

WDET is partnering with City Bureau and CitizenDetroit on a civic journalism project to increase awareness and coverage of public meetings in Detroit. Detroit Documenters trains and pays highly engaged citizens to participate in the newsgathering process and contribute to a new public record for the city. Learn more and sign up at Documenters.org


Support for this project comes from the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund, a partnership between the John S. and James L Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The fund seeks to advance quality journalism while reflecting the perspectives of diverse constituencies including people of color, women and low-income communities.