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.



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? It isn’t easy! These events are spread across dozens of websites, rarely in useful data formats.


That’s why WDET is working with Chicago’s civic journalism newsroom, City Bureau, and a team of civic coders to develop and coordinate the City Scrapers Project, an open source community designed to standardize, scrape and share these meetings in a central database, in collaboration with City Bureau's Documenters program.



City Bureau is a nonprofit civic media organization based on the South Side of Chicago. We bring journalists and communities together in a collaborative spirit to produce media that is impactful, equitable, and responsive to the public.



WDET 101.9FM, Detroit’s Public Radio Station, creates and curates a mix of news, music and cultural content that is unique as the city and region we serve. As community service of Wayne State University, we use the power of our broadcast and digital channels to inspire and educate listeners at home and away. WDET is committed to enhancing life in Detroit through independent journalism and meaningful community engagement.




CitizenDetroit educates residents to be fully engaged in the democratic life of the city with reputable information to make informed policy/political decisions. We encourage resident participation in the renaissance of neighborhoods/businesses by establishing and monitoring metrics that measure confidence in city government. CitizenDetroit is comprised of a Policy Lab for impartial analysis, a Civic Exchange event series for facilitated, factual discussions and EngageD for constructive citizen action.




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.


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