Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Free Press’

By: Erica Banas, Lady Reporter


In 2014, the wildly popular “Pure Michigan” tourism campaign had a budget of $13 million.  While the campaign’s future seems shaky due to the recent downsizing of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, one man is on a mission to help change people’s perception of Michigan, which when you boil it all down really translates to the way people see Detroit.

That man…is Michael Bolton.

Image Courtesy of Giphy

Image Courtesy of Giphy

No, not that one.  The real Michael Bolton.

Image Courtesy of Giphy

Image Courtesy of Giphy

Yes, everyone’s favorite no-talent ass clown is co-producing Gotta Keep Dreamin:  Detroit’s 21st Century Renaissance, a movie about all of the positive things going on in Detroit.  After having a chance to attend an exclusive preview screening of a few excerpts from the film, which also featured an interesting panel hosted by Mitch Albom (more on that in a bit), I almost regret referring to Bolton by the now infamous Office Space putdown, because this film is dripping with the kind of heart and soul not often found in “outsiders” who happen to be from one of the whitest state in the country.   (FYI:  I’m referring to Connecticut.)

I know what you’re all thinking:  “That sounds nice, but how in the hell did Mike even decide to make this movie?”  The answer is quite simple.  Initially, Bolton set out to make a film about Motown Records and the music it produced in the 1960s that heavily influenced his career.  While in the process of making that film, Bolton realized there was way more going on in the city that many people don’t know about, and that’s how the film’s focus changed, and it’s taken three-and-a-half years to get to this point.

The excerpts that were screened were filled with all the usual names that started off in Detroit and made it big:

Smokey Robinson
Aretha Franklin
Alice Cooper
Frances Ford Coppola (who proudly showed off his Shinola watch)…
Jerry Bruckheimer

…but they also focused on Veronika Scott, CEO/Founder of The Empowerment Plan and Jason Hall, co-founder of Detroit Bike City and Slow Roll, alongside the likes of Dan Gilbert and Christopher Ilitch, which is how the panels were structured as well.

Whether it was planned or not (we’re leaning toward the former), each industry titan represented in Gotta Keep Dreamin was paired up with a grassroots-type in the panel break coinciding with each film clip. 

And that’s part of the message of the film and of the Motor City itself.  Sure, the millionaires and billionaires have a lot of power on their side to cause change, but without the likes of Scott and Hall, there would simply be no spirit in Detroit.

Per Freep.com, Bolton and everyone involved with Gotta Keep Dreamin are aiming to have a final cut completed by October 14, which happens to be the deadline for submission to the Sundance Film Festival.  If the film makes the deadline and is then chosen to be screened at the famed Utah festival, Bolton will definitely earn honorary Detroiter status so much so that he could easily get away with this.

By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger

Susan Martin, the President of Eastern Michigan University announces she will be stepping down from her position on March 31, saying “I will be moving on.” According to the Detroit Free Press, Martin had begun to think about what she wanted to do with the rest of her career, and her thoughts lead her to pursuing other avenues.

Though in the past, there have been some troublesome times, including being accused of being an alcoholic and her entering counseling regardless of not having a problem, and butting heads with some of her staff who were less than agreeable, she still managed to power through her presidency and come out on top, being one of the most popular and approachable out of all of EMU’s presidents thus far.

According to MLive.com, Mike Morris, Chairman of EMU Board of Regents says that finding Martin’s replacement is the top priority of the team as of right now. They knew the announcement was going to happen, and have already begun forming a task force to tackle the task, which isn’t going to be an easy feat.

The stats The Detroit Free Press pulled together based on Martin’s achievements from the school reflect how valuable she has been to the University since the bad press the school had been receiving with it’s previous presidents. Achievements include strong enrollment, increased academic profiles of new student admittance, and having the lowest dollar tuition increase in the State of Michigan in the last six years.

Desmond Miller, Student Body President at EMU gave his thoughts to the change at the school to The Detroit Free Press and echoed what the students will be thinking, “This university is a far better place because of her leadership…”

Martin will officially step down in July 2015 and take a sabbatical, which will extend her with pay until July 2016.

By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger

Wikipedia defines Citizen Journalism as public inhabitants producing street journalism, collecting information, data, and reporting this knowledge through different mediums.  In the days of print media only, this was much harder to come by, as someone would have to pay and produce their items. In the current age, any individual with an internet connection has the means to be a citizen journalist, which is where citizen journalism gets a bad rap.

Tom Alderman of the Huffington Post added this information to his article from 2008:
“Citizen reporters provide independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media doesn’t provide, goes the argument. Independent? Perhaps. Accurate and reliable? Can’t be sure, say concerned professionals.”

This becomes the argument association for Citizen Journalism. If we don’t have people to fact check and edit, how is it real journalism?  Answer is, it’s probably not. On top of this, it creates a stigma for journalists versus non-journalists.

“On the face of it, blogger does the legwork that journalists don’t and gets a story is a good-news story about internet culture. Anyone who complains about citizen journalists doing their job must be a bitter old-school journalist, you think.” Talk Normal’s Tim Phillips adds to his article, “Citizen Journalism isn’t always a good thing.”

Now, if you take this logic into a Detroit perspective, it would be like Detroiters primarily getting their news from Steve Neavling’s “Motor City Muckracker” when primary news outlets like The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News exist for Detroiters to get their news.

The flip side to this which would be an argument for Motor City Muckracker is that they are able to “print” what they want without having to go through the politics. Something specific would be Neavling’s constant updates on Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans, who is supposedly monitoring areas of Detroit, including alleyways he has no access to monitor – which seems to be a below the radar controversy.  A story like this wouldn’t necessarily run in the News or the Free Press unless it was 100% confirmed.

Which kind of Journalist would you rather give you information? One who has no higher up to answer to, who will cover stories that other news outlets won’t cover? Or would you like something that you know has been through the ringer through editors and knowledgeable chiefs of service? Regardless of which sounds better, it’s safe to say that both forms of Journalists are here to stay.