This Digital 'Muckraker' Works 80 Hours a Week

Steve Neavling launched Detroit website Motor City Muckraker after he was fired from the Free Press.

Detroit’s written-word media landscape is no longer dominated by a pair of daily newspapers. These days, as elsewhere, it’s a narrative that is also punctuated by websites with names like Model D and Motor City Muckraker.

Model D was launched in 2005, Motor City Muckraker in 2012. The two come together this week via a carryover of Patrick Dunn’s excellent look at three Detroit-area independent journalists, including Steve Neavling, founder of Muckraker. Last year, Neavling’s series on mismanagement within the Detroit Fire Department led to the resignation of the fire commissioner:

The Detroit Free Press fired Neavling from his reporter job in 2012 after then-Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh complained about Neavling’s decision to print a dismissive remark Pugh had made to him during a break from a council meeting.



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