In keeping with its mission of fostering new and diverse journalistic talent, Futuro Media’s Detroit Community Podcast Lab is dedicated to developing, piloting, producing, and distributing new audio projects by emerging BIPOC storytellers.

Partnering with WDET, Futuro Media brings this program to Detroit in the Fall of 2021 to help capture the untold stories from the neighborhoods of the city.

Futuro’s Community Media Lab Project stands apart from other incubators in the depth of tutorials, information and skills acquired, duration of the course, the engagement of dedicated personnel and community organizations, and its attendance-based stipend for participants to ensure our course is accessible to all. We will select people with little to no prior experience in media from the diverse and underrepresented neighborhoods of Detroit. We will provide participants with the access, skills, and tools necessary to produce and broadcast their own stories and to contribute meaningful pieces of history and culture from the perspective of people of color to the rich narrative of Detroit life.

Why Detroit?

Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents in any large city in the U.S. The city in which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech for the first time and former home of Malcom X. It has a rich history in the civil rights movement, which continues to drive activism in the city today. From Motown to techno and everything in between, it is a cultural hub for Black creativity.

Metro Detroit includes large Latino, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern communities. Dearborn, MI has the highest percentage of Arab Americans in the U.S. Storytelling and creative entrepreneurship are built into the region’s cultural fabric, but opportunities for training and working in podcasting and media are limited, especially for communities of color.

For the Detroit Podcast Lab, Futuro is partnering with WDET, Detroit’s NPR Station. WDET strives to be the authentic voice of Detroit, and thus, has been dedicated to opening the door to podcasting and public radio through its  StoryMakers program, participation in the Detroit Podcast Festival and on-air programming.

Futuro Media is committed to bringing the Community Podcast Lab to Detroit to help capture and broadcast the city’s underserved narratives, and to tell the world what makes the city tick.


For more information contact Matt Wilson at or 617-515-2326.