Outlier Media is a news service based in Detroit, Michigan filling information and accountability gaps since 2017. We seek to fill the news needs of low-income residents who make up at least two-thirds of the city but are poorly served by other news outlets. By keeping residents first, we hope to give more than we take and leave people with the information they need to create change in their communities. Outlier is an organization of people who deeply believe you must live your organizational values. We want to work with people who are motivated to use their skills to unlock more accountability, especially in low wealth communities and communities of color.
Outlier is an innovative, collaborative and supportive journalism organization. We are a small shop but have collaborators and supporters all over the city and the country.
Outlier is looking for a quality-driven and creative reporter to help us meet the needs of Arabic speakers in Metro Detroit. This reporter will help respond directly to news consumers through our SMS product, will report original stories and will collaborate on future news products.
Work inside the text message feed to meet news consumers daily information needs
Identify information or accountability gaps from SMS feed and rigorous reporting
Report out and publish work tot help fill accountability gaps
$32/hour for 30 hours per week
This is a temporary contract position lasting six months from the date of hire. This position was made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Facebook Journalism Project. As an organization, Outlier is always working to expand our resources so we can grow our team and cover more communities and work with more talented journalists. This position is no exception. If there is an opportunity to expand this role or lengthen the term we will make it happen and remain transparent about your future with Outlier.
Necessary skills and experience
Two years of reporting experience
Fluent in Arabic
Must believe in relentless fact-checking
Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with individuals and news organizations throughout the community
Applicants must be living in Metro Detroit, but the position will be remote.
Are you ready to apply?
To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, July 29:
A cover letter/statement of interest. Tell us why you are a good fit for Outlier Media. What does journalism at the intersection of poverty, power and policy look like to you?
Links to at least four work samples your consider relevant to this role. This can be written, audio or video.
We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws and we want you to be informed about what they are. Make sure to review the federal policies that protect you in this, and all workspaces:Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
At Outlier Media we have replaced the SMS system we use for housing info in Detroit to meet your information needs related to COVID-19 in Detroit and the metro area. Text “Detroit” to 73224 to get information to help you make decisions for yourself and your family. If you don’t find an answer in our text system you can always choose option six which will connect you to a local journalists from our newsroom or other local reporters.
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Aaron is the author of Homewreckers!How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks,& Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes & Demolished the American Dream. He will visit the Detroit Public Library Main Branch to talk about his book and for a conversation about housing in Detroit moderated by Outlier Executive Editor, Sarah Alvarez.
Homewreckers brilliantly weaves together the stories of those most ravaged by the housing crisis. The result is an eye-opening expose of the greed that decimated millions and enriched a gluttonous few.
Aaron exposes the high class rip-offs – among them, D.Trump and cronies, who often used taxpayer money to make fortunes off the working class and the middle class. Homewreckers! shows us the mad greed that harmed or ruined millions while further fattening the gluttonous few. Glantz recounts the transformation of straightforward lending into a morass of slivered and combined mortgage “products” that could be bought and sold, accompanied by a shift in priorities and a loosening of regulations and laws that made it good business to lend money to those who wouldn’t be able to repay.
Aaron Glantz is a senior reporter at Reveal who produces public interest journalism with impact. His reporting has sparked more than a dozen Congressional hearings, a raft of federal legislation and led to criminal probes by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission. He is also the author of three books including “The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle Against America’s Veterans.” His work has appeared in a broad range of media outlets, including The New York Times, NBC News, ABC News and the PBS NewsHour, where his work has twice been nominated for a national Emmy Award. He’s been given a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and Online News Association award.
A very special thank you to our media partners for this event:
Join us on Sept. 27 for a day of sharing and learning with Outlier Media. This event is hosted by Outlier Media and the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University through the Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund.
The day will include a deep-dive into how Outlier Media works, open discussion with its founder and team, and a reporting bus tour to show attendees who Outlier is serving. Lunch will be provided.
There is no fee to attend, although a $25 deposit will be required as space is limited and some folks will be traveling from quite a ways to make the trip — we can’t have anyone taking a seat who won’t show up. The deposit will be refunded the day after the event.
The Center for Cooperative Media is making available travel stipends for journalists who would otherwise not be able to attend this convening through the Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund. The deposit will be waived for Peer Fund award winners. Apply ASAP so you can get your grant before the trip! We strongly encourage newsrooms who have the funds to cover their staff’s travel costs.
There are a few news stories every year about Wayne County’s tax foreclosure auction. We’ve done those stories too, because we know people want and need information about the impact of this event on individual residents and the city. Still, we wanted to do something with our years of tax auction reporting that might be more useful than a story so we developed this tax auction 101 guide. The information in this guide is reported and verified with the help of thousands of Outlier users. One side is information for those who are worried about how tax foreclosure might impact them. The other side is for all Detroiters who want to understand how the tax auction continues to impact the city. Our next report will help you understand why many Detroiters are seeing their water bills go up-even as they use less water.
Just hover over the image to turn the page or download this guide-and feel free to share!