Al Jazeera Will Have A Detroit Bureau, And Plenty To Cover

May 3, 2013  |  

Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based media company that is making inroads into the American market after purchasing Current TV, is planning on opening a Detroit bureau, making them one of a shrinking number of outlets with a full bureau there. Al Jazeera America’s Detroit bureau will focus on “telling the stories of the people of Detroit and how news in Detroit affects those across the U.S,” according to a press statement.

“Al Jazeera America knows that you have to have on-the-ground reporting from the Motor City to really cover America’s economic, financial and socially important news and we’re excited about being here,” said the station’s executive director of international operations Ehab Al Shihabi. The station will be based in New York, and announced a bureau in Chicago in addition to this new Detroit announcement.

The Al Jazeera reporters will be mighty busy it seems. While the auto industry is still tops in the city, socially, the city is dealing with a crime rate that puts it atop a list of most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. NeighborhoodScout looked at neighborhoods across the country, excluding those with fewer than 800 residents. According to The Huffington Post, “[T]he neighborhoods they found to have the highest incidents of crime had high levels of vacancy and were mostly dominated by single-family homes.

“That description matches many neighborhoods in Detroit, where a recent estimate provided by the city marked the number of vacant structures at 35,000, with many more vacant lots,” the article continues.

People living in the most dangerous neighborhoods have a one-in-seven chance of being the victim of a violent crime, HuffPo says.

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