Michigan Radio is launching a local project to give voice to residents of Detroit’s MorningSide neighborhood, as part of the station’s continued participation in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.
The MorningSide Podcast project will recruit residents from the neighborhood to produce regular podcasts of local interest and news for their fellow MorningSide neighbors. Michigan Radio will assist with the production and distribution of the podcast.
The MorningSide neighborhood is located on the east side of Detroit, bounded by Harper Avenue and I-94 on the north, Mack Avenue to the south, East Outer Drive and Whittier on the east and Alter Road and East Outer Drive to the west.
Detroit-based writer Imani Mixon is spearheading the project. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she returned to her hometown of Detroit to document its history and resurgence, with a particular focus on neighborhood change. Last year, she reported weekly articles in Detroit’s North End neighborhood as an On The Ground project editor with Model D Media.
The first MorningSide Podcast episode will be distributed by the end of February, with many more coming throughout 2018. Funding for the project is provided by the James L. Knight Foundation.
Michigan Radio is an NPR news station, and broadcasts at 91.7 FM in Detroit and southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, 104.1 FM in West Michigan, and online at michiganradio.org. Michigan Radio is licensed to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
About the Detroit Journalism Cooperative
The Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC) is a partnership of five media outlets reporting about and creating community engagement opportunities relevant to the city’s bankruptcy, recovery and restructuring. The Cooperative includes The Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine, Detroit Public Television (DPTV), Michigan Radio, WDET, New Michigan Media and Chalkbeat Detroit, a partnership of ethnic and minority newspapers.