The online weekly news magazine Model D (modeldmedia.com
), in partnership with the Skillman Foundation (skillman.org
), is pleased to announce the launch of On The Ground
, a pilot media project to spotlight innovations and transformations that are improving life for children in Detroit neighborhoods.
Modeled after a Philadelphia program led by Model D's sister publication, Flying Kite
, On The Ground aims to dive deep into changing neighborhoods, uncovering the people, projects and places moving Detroit communities forward.
Partnering with two community organizations -- Osborn Neighborhood Alliance and Brightmoor Alliance -- Model D will set-up temporary media hubs for a period of 90 days, focusing weekly coverage on each neighborhood, in addition to its regular coverage of the city at-large.
The project begins in Osborn (NE Detroit) in July 2013, and moves to Brightmoor (NW Detroit) in the fall. The Skillman Foundation focuses its work to improve life for Detroit's children in six neighborhoods, including Osborn and Brightmoor.
"We're excited to show our readers that innovation is happening in all corners of the city, and invite them to learn and engage," says Brian Boyle, co-CEO of Issue Media Group, parent company of Model D, which has been reporting on micro-investment and growth in Detroit neighborhoods since 2005.
The On The Ground team is led by Claire Nelson, publisher of Model D and Urban Innovation Exchange (UIXDetroit.com
) and project editor, Matthew Lewis, who has covered Osborn and Brightmoor for Model D's "Detroit by District" series. Editorial coverage will be informed by an advisory group of community and youth leaders, with contributions from local writers.
"This project will bring greater exposure to Osborn, showing a different side of the neighborhood that people need to see and hear about," says Quincy Jones, executive director of the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance. "There is a perception that there is no action or organization, that people don't care. Not true. This is an opportunity to introduce community leaders people might not know."
On The Ground is supported by a $50,000 grant from the Skillman Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation established in 1960 by Rose Skillman. Its mission is to move the needle on meaningful graduation rates in Detroit, so kids are prepared for college, careers, and life.
On The Ground officially kicked-off on Thursday, July 11, 6-8 p.m. with an Osborn community launch meeting at the Detroit Public Library Franklin Branch, 13651 E. McNichols (at Gratiot), Detroit, MI 48205.
From July through September, the media hub will be hosted by the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance inside The Matrix Center, at 13560 McNichols.