For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Della Cassia
DPTV Heads into the Community to Tell Stories of ‘One Detroit’
Expanded engagement efforts through community conversations, on-air/online engagement
beginning March 24, 2017 with This Old House Roadshow at the University of Detroit Mercy
DETROIT (March 8, 2017) – In the next several months, One Detroit—Detroit Public Television’s (DPTV) initiative to tell Detroit’s stories—will deploy its team of producers and reporters into the neighborhoods to take a more in-depth and critical look into the issues impacting the community. As the nation looks to Detroit as the roadmap to urban revitalization, One Detroit will engage residents through community conversations, weekly public affairs shows—MiWeek and American Black Journal, as well as a multiplatform engagement campaign designed to give them a voice into the complex issues impacting their lives.
One Detroit kicked off 2017 with an on-site community conversation at the Detroit Boxing Gym focused on the importance of mentorship to the city’s youth. On March 24, One Detroit will hold a special event on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy focused on rebuilding Detroit’s neighborhoods in conjunction with the kick-off of This Old House Detroit series on March 30.
On April 26, One Detroit will travel to the southwest part of the city to host a conversation on environmental justice and immigration. In July, viewers can expect a special show that looks at the 50th anniversary of the 1967 riots. In September, the team will head northwest to the Brightmoor area for a focused look at the state of education in Detroit.
Through renewed support for community journalism from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, ongoing viewer support, as well as DPTV’s collaboration with The Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC), One Detroit will continue the work it started in 2016 of creating in-depth multiplatform reporting that tells the real story of Detroit post-bankruptcy focused on Neighborhoods, Education, Equity and Inclusivity, as well as Power and Identity—all in an effort to understand and report on the current state of the city and its residents and the local and regional impact of the revitalization efforts.
“We are thankful to the Knight Foundation for recognizing and supporting the important work that we’re doing in Detroit,” said Ed Moore, DPTV’s Director, Content and Detroit Bureau. “This is a critical moment in Detroit and the nation’s history. One Detroit, powered by the trust and track record of Detroit Public Television, and during a time of enormous transition in traditional media, is uniquely positioned to tell the stories of the city in collaboration with our partners at the DJC and other stakeholders.”
Along with the community conversations, One Detroit will produce several neighborhood identity videos focused on Detroit’s past, present and future, and expand its engagement campaign on-air and online in collaboration with its partners at the DJC made up of Detroit Public Radio (WDET), Michigan Radio, New Michigan Media and the Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine.
For more information about One Detroit, visit dptv.org/onedetroit.
About Detroit Public Television
Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS-member station watched by more than 1.5 million people in Detroit and Southeast Michigan and another 1.2 million people throughout Canada. DPTV also manages WRCJ 90.9 FM, Detroit's classical and jazz radio station, in collaboration with the license-holder, the Detroit Public Schools. The radio station is located in the Detroit School of Arts. DPTV is licensed to the Detroit Educational Television Foundation and governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the local business, civic, and cultural communities.