The Detroit Free Press primarily covers three counties in southeast Michigan, including robust coverage of the city of Detroit. Founded in 1831, it’s the oldest business in Detroit. The Detroit Free Press has earned 10 Pulitzer Prizes in its history, including one for exposing lies and corruption in the administration of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Its role is to serve as watchdog and community convener.
Detroit Free Press
Location: * Midwest, Michigan
Beat: Economic mobility in Detroit
Position: This beat focuses on economic mobility within the city, and the hardships and obstacles that many Detroiters face to obtain or maintain the American Dream. We'll glean coverage ideas directly from our audience. Some initial coverage ideas include the following: the city's water department, including summer shut-offs, and search for humane solutions from across the country to this problem. Detroit's entrepreneurs, talking to the woman who sells roasted corn to make a few extra dollars so she can stay in a decent house in a decent neighborhood. And mompreneurs, who see a specific need for kids in the city and use their money to fulfill that need, because lending institutions still won’t fund neighborhood projects—even in nice areas and to people with stable incomes and good credit—because you’re still within a couple miles of “questionable” neighborhoods.
Reporter: Nushrat Rahman