DEAL Race & Justice Reporting Initiative Application Deadline
Feb 24 all-day


Are you a journalist with talent and passion for covering the environment and justice in Detroit?

The Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, is offering four mini-grants of $1,000 each to report on environmental stories in Detroit. Specifically, we are looking for stories that demonstrate how industrial pollution, high water and energy costs, large burdens of toxic pollution, and climate change disproportionately impact communities of color or low-income. Stories may also examine how communities are responding to these impacts through self-advocacy and self-healing.

The goals of this initiative are to:
  1. Inform the general public on pressing environmental issues in Detroit.
  2. Spread awareness within Black, People of Color and low-income populations about the environmental issues they face.
  3. Disseminate information about new scientific findings, policy debates, innovations and evidence-based solutions.

This is a unique opportunity to cover critical issues about the environment in low-income, Black or immigrant communities, and receive funding to help cover transportation and other reporting expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants should write no more than a one-page pitch describing their project topic, how the subject will be researched and covered, explain its timeliness and why this topic needs coverage—just as you would to an editor in a story pitch. The pitch should demonstrate enough preliminary research to make clear there’s really a story, and that it will be possible for the applicant to successfully report it.

Applicants should have done some preliminary research and will have identified 2-3 potential sources to demonstrate that they have a reporting plan. Web and video applications should demonstrate the same reporting focus as long-form written stories, emphasizing context and history.

Please include in the application:

    1. A one-page pitch with relevance to Detroit.
    2. An updated resume.
    3. An email exchange from an editor/producer agreeing to receive the pitch/story idea for likely publication or broadcast. (If needed we can help with getting your story placed.)
    4. No more than three samples of published or broadcast journalistic work. Please include links to these stories — either on a news organization’s website or in the application document.
    5. Applications must be submitted in a single Microsoft Word, Google Doc, or Adobe PDF file to with “Reporting Initiative Application” included in the subject line.


Applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. February 24, 2019. This is a hard deadline. We will quickly turn around the applications and choose the fellows no later than March 10.

If awarded, each fellow receives $1,000 and will be expected to participate in an afternoon session with experts working on environmental issues.

Fellows will have two months to produce a print, radio, or video piece.

For more information, visit DEAL’s website at

City of Detroit Public Hearing Meeting – Hardstein @ Northwest Activities Center, 2nd floor
Feb 25 @ 5:30 pm
District Office Open House @ Samaritan Center
Feb 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
District 7 Community Meeting @ Adams Butzel Recreation Center
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Keep Growing Detroit Seed Packing @ KAN Books
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Help Keep Growing Detroit fill the more than 40,500 packs of seeds that will be distributed to Garden Resource Program members during the 2019 growing season!







Other opportunities include:

  • Saturday, February 2nd from 10am-12pm hosted by Clark Park Recreation Center, 1181 Scotten Street ¡Únete a nosotros!
  • Monday, February 4thfrom 6-8pm hosted by Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, 11000 W. McNichols
  • Tuesday, February 12thfrom 6-8p hosted by Georgia Street Community Collective, 8902 Vinton Street
  • Thursday, February 14thfrom 1-3pm hosted by St. Mathew & St Joseph Church, 8850 Woodward Avenue
  • Thursday, February 21st from 6-8pm hosted by Brightmoor Artisans Collective, 22735 Fenkell Street
  • Saturday, February 23rdfrom 10am-12pm hosted by Hope Community Church, 14456 E. Jefferson Avenue
  • Tuesday, February 26th from 6-8pm hosted by KAN Bookstore, 9405 John R. Street
  • Saturday, March 2nd from 10am-12pm hosted by Urban Neighborhood Initiative, 300 Longworth Street ¡Únete a nosotros!
District Office Town Hall Meeting: Voting Rights and Election Issues @ Bethany Lutheran Church
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Detroiters Speak Winter 2019: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies and Borders in Detroit @ Cass Corridor Commons
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for our Winter 2019 Detroiters Speak series: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit.

Each week will feature different Detroit-based speakers and guests who will explore the given topic and engage the students through a combination of formal remarks, presentations, and public discussion.

  • Public welcome and encouraged to attend
  • Light dinner provided
  • Free transportation from Ann Arbor to Detroit
  • Free parking provided in WSU lot 62

Upcoming Dates: Feb 21, 28; March 21, 28, 27; April 4, 11

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Location: Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Ave.

Sponsors: Semester in Detroit, Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL)/Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights, University of Michigan Detroit Center, Wayne State University Department of African American Studies

Fenmore Street Block Club Meeting @ Chase Library
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Fenmore Street Block Club meets every first Monday of the month at the Chase Library on West Seven Mile from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Seed Packing at UNI @ Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI)
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Help Keep Growing Detroit fill the more than 40,500 packs of seeds that will be distributed to Garden Resource Program members during the 2019 growing season!

MACC Legal – Low cost legal assistance @ The Commons
Mar 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

MACC Legal offers low cost legal assistance on Saturdays, in the neighborhood! Cost is a donation based on your income, as low as $5-$40.

MACC Legal’s volunteer attorneys will provide specialty legal consultation—and in some cases, representation—in the areas of:
benefits and disability law.

We are available every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at The Commons Detroit, 7900 Mack Ave., corner of Beals.

Walk in’s are welcome, appointments are encouraged!!

Stop by, lets see if we can help!

Call for more information or an appointment, 313.732.9302, ext. 3