Get a sneak preview of “One Detroit.” A new multi-platform initiative, featuring authentic story-telling, rooted in the Detroit experience presented by Detroit Public Television (56.1). WATCH now here or when “One Detroit” airs Sunday at 9 a.m. on DPTV 56.1.
Our team has devoted five years re-inventing Detroit Public Television, as we work to serve the most important city in America like never before. Tonight, we’re taking another step with the launch of our new, multi-platform public affairs initiative and its broadcast program, “One Detroit” Thursday night. Rooted in immersive community engagement, we think you will find it a truly fresh approach to local journalism, unlike anything you will see on commercial television in this city.
And, we are giving you the opportunity to view the first episode in advance right now on our DPTV website.
As you will see, we are stepping out of the studio and into the neighborhoods of Greater Detroit. We are talking to residents in their homes, on their streets, in church basements, in schools. We are learning about the problems they face and the hopes and aspirations they have for themselves, their families and their communities.
They are telling us what issues matter most to them. Sometimes those are very specific concerns for a particular neighborhood or population. But just as often they are issues that cross county lines and unite the entire region.
We are having courageous conversations, and you will hear authentic stories about life in Metro Detroit every week on “One Detroit.”
The show will air weekly on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 5:30 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m., and it can also be viewed via DPTV’s online platforms. It will be anchored by Christy McDonald, who serves as the show’s managing editor, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and WDET-FM host Stephen Henderson and Detroit News editorial page editor and 910-AM radio host Nolan Finley.
“One Detroit” replaces “MiWeek,” which has run on the station since 2012.
Two years ago we launched what we called our One Detroit initiative, our commitment to local journalism that starts in Detroit but encompasses everyone who cares about life in the metropolitan area. We built a solid staff of journalists – reporters, producers, editors, videographers – at our One Detroit offices in the Detroit Historical Museum, in the heart of Midtown Detroit. They have covered the city and the region through immersive community engagement, building the relationships that make this kind of reporting possible and providing an understanding of the issues that tie us together as One Detroit.
We have many people to thank for their role in the evolution of “One Detroit”:
Of course I want to give a shout-out to our One Detroit team. Besides our three anchors, we have a great team of journalists led by Executive Producer Ed Moore, who has a duPont-Columbia Award to his credit.
We also couldn’t have done it without the leaders in the community who have been willing partners in this unique endeavor. Also, earning our utmost gratitude are the members of our board and committees who have provided us with essential guidance and advice throughout the process.
Finally, we want to thank the foundations, sponsors and underwriters who believe in what we are trying to accomplish and have generously supported it.
I want to especially express our appreciation to Masco, the Knight Foundation, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Bill and Shirlee Fox Fund for Public Affairs Programming at DPTV, and the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
These are individuals and organizations that have worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of the people of Detroit and fully appreciate the importance of quality journalism to a free and functioning democracy.
I’d love to hear your comments about “One Detroit.” You can share them with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Now, as they say, let the show begin …