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Planet Detroit is a weekly email newsletter update to help you get smarter about the environment in Detroit and Michigan.

We focus on explanatory, solutions-based, and investigative reporting, and a deep commitment to community engagement around local environmental issues.

We have a keen understanding of the issues and the attention of local activists, nonprofit and business leaders, and other local media.

Our mission is to (1) raise awareness about Metro Detroit's environmental issues (2) hold powerful entities accountable, and (3) help our audience connect with their local environment.

What’s our manifesto?

  • We believe the environment is the most important issue of our time, and threats to it, particularly global warming and the climate chaos it is creating, is real.

  • We believe that independent journalism is the most critical component of our democracy, and that it is only through seeking and exposing the truth that we can overcome the environmental challenges facing us.

  • To us, independence means we cover issues without bias, with close emphasis on facts, and without a predetermined agenda.

  • However, this does not mean we don’t think the threats to our environment are real, or that global warming is not happening, or that humans should not address environmental problems.

  • What it does mean is that we remain agnostic about the solutions we cover. We evaluate them without bias.

  • Because the environmental issues we face can seem overwhelming and confusing, we are focused on providing background, context and covering solutions (but not advocating for them).

  • Because environmental issues often disproportionately impact groups, including low-income people and communities of color, we focus on making sure their stories are told.

  • Also, the environment is beautiful and amazing. We’ll try to take some space to appreciate that.

Who writes Planet Detroit?

Planet Detroit is published and edited by Nina Misuraca Ignaczak. You can find out more about Nina here.

Brian Allnutt contributes to writing and humor. Learn more about Brian here.

We are looking for collaborators! Please email us at connect@planetdetroit.org if you’d like to write, edit, contribute, advise, fundraise, promote, give advice, console, or in any other way help.

Our Editorial Independence Policy

Planet Detroit subscribes to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.

Our Donor Transparency Policy

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the right to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $5000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Planet Detroit Donors and Funders in 2020

Facebook Journalism Project $25,000

Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund $5000