DETROIT -

Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel that will launch later this year, announced Thursday that it will open a new Detroit bureau as part of its launch.

"We want our reporters to be where the stories are and Detroit continues to be where American business stories and trends are happening," said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera. "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."

Al Jazeera America also announced that it will be offering an internship at its New York headquarters for a journalism student from the Detroit area.

Interns will learn about and participate in the research, planning, shooting and editing of shows on the channel, and they’ll work closely with staff to create on-air and online content. 

The Detroit bureau will focus on telling the stories of the people of Detroit and how news in Detroit affects those across the U.S. 

In addition to the Detroit bureau, Al Jazeera America announced earlier this week that it will open a bureau in Chicago.

The channel will be headquartered in New York City with other bureaus in key locations in the U.S.