$2.3 million of Public Funding Used for Gubernatorial Primaries

According to a report in Gongwer, four gubernatorial candidates who qualify for public funding toward their gubernatorial primary have received $2.34 million so far as reported by the Department of State (DOS).

Under Michigan’s campaign finance law, candidates for governor can receive matching contributions from the state for every donation up to $100 to a total maximum match during the primary season of $990,000. DOS officials reported that the maximum will be less this year because of the number of candidates and the funds available. The two Democrats have received the most funding so far: Gretchen Whitmer at $929,395; Abdul El-Sayed received $908,153. GOP gubernatorial candidate Lt. Governor Brian Calley has received $264,958 from two requests totaling $335,336. His primary opponent Attorney General Bill Schuette received $233,479 from two requests totaling $422,659.




WDET-FM Joins Partnership to turn Detroiters Into ‘Documenters’

Next week, public radio station WDET-FM (Detroit) launches a partnership with City Bureau and Citizen Detroit that will help turn residents into reporters.

On August 13, City Bureau, WDET, and Citizen Detroit will host a public newsroom workshop open to all Detroit residents.

This will be a free public event that will introduce a program called “Documenters” which will partner with Detroiters in documenting public meetings.

Candice Fortman,  WDET’s Marketing and Engagement Manager, explained how the program will provide citizens with the opportunity to contribute to local news coverage in areas where most newsrooms lack resources.

Fortman says, “It’s not citizen journalism but it is a chance to teach citizens some of the skills of journalism and then also send them out to public meetings to take notes from those meetings because you know as much as I do that newsrooms do not have the same resources that they once had.”

“Often times, public meetings that are happening are not being covered because they don’t have enough people to send out to those meetings,” explains Fortman.

“So for the next few months, we will be training folks to go to those meetings, and all of the meetings we’ll be sending people to will be education meetings so public school meetings, charter meetings and even some surrounding Detroit suburban community meetings to make sure that we understand what’s happening.”

Hear Fortman discuss the project with Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson here.




Michigan Radio receives two Catholic Press Association Gabriel Awards

Michigan Radio has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada with two Gabriel Awards. Created in 1965, the Gabriel Awards recognize outstanding artistic achievement which entertains and enriches with “a true vision of humanity.” The Michigan Radio news staff was honored in the following categories:

Short Feature, Local Release – Second Place

I wanna be a Batman!, Jennifer Guerra: Every week for five years, the same clip started every State of Opportunity story. You hear a kid telling us what he wants to be when he grows up: a Batman! Countless listeners wanted to know: where’s Batman now? Jennifer Guerra set out to track him down.

Short Feature, Local Release – Honorable Mention

Michigan theater company gives kids with disabilities a chance to shine on stage, April Van Buren: For kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities, finding a spotlight isn’t always easy. This story looked at Michigan’s 4th Wall Theatre Company, who gives kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to perform in live theater productions.

The Gabriel Awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada are the largest Catholic communicators’ award program in North America, judging over 2600 entries annually for journalists, book authors, students and broadcasters. Michigan Radio was the only NPR station to receive a Gabriel Award this year. A complete list of Gabriel Award winners is here.

Michigan Radio  broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan and online at michiganradio.org.