Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the strength and determination of communities across the city of Detroit in my role as the project editor of Model D’s Resilient Neighborhoods series.
The reporting and engagement project has been looking at the work going on in neighborhoods across the city connected to a group of 21 community development organizations (CDOs) receiving support from the Kresge Foundation. In addition to producing stories about what’s happening in these neighborhoods, Model D also sponsored several Community Correspondent workshops as part of the series. They were taught by Model D editor-at-large Biba Adams and aimed at helping local residents report on their communities as citizen journalists.
Working on the series, which started just a few months into the global COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been an eye-opening experience for me. Despite all the hardships and confusion of the last year or so, Detroiters have persevered and remain committed to their neighborhoods and their city. Here are three lessons I learned while covering Detroit communities in 2020 and 2021 that drove home that point.
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