HIRING: Join Outlier’s growing team as Managing Editor!


Outlier Media is a Detroit-based service journalism organization. We identify, report, and deliver valuable information to empower residents to hold businesses, municipal government, and elected officials accountable for long-standing problems. 

We have developed and deployed a methodology to identify community information needs. We fill those information gaps with reported information over our SMS-based information service. With our partners, we publish watchdog and investigative pieces when information or resource gaps point us to a lack of accountability or a systemic problem. 

Outlier is a local asset and a national model of service journalism. We’re hiring a Managing Editor to work with Editor-in-Chief Sarah Alvarez on our small but powerful team as we grow to serve more Detroiters and reimagine local news as an essential service. Our newsroom will grow over the next several years. We need a skilled and thoughtful editor and manager who can help us continue to produce the high-quality and innovative work Detroiters deserve. 

The job 

The Managing Editor will help develop and deliver Outlier’s necessary reporting. They will manage our editorial department. Responsibilities include the day-to-day production and deployment of our SMS service, accountability stories we publish with our partners, evergreen subject matter guides for our news consumers (tax auction FAQ, for example), additional news apps, and newsletters. Editors that desire can also report their own stories when time allows. Specifically, the Managing Editor will need to:

  • Manage editorial partnerships.
  • Support and help reporters to do their best work. You will work with reporters from story planning to publication, and learn and support the reporter’s professional growth plans.
  • Manage multiple workflows, including supporting reporters through a story, copy editing, fact-checking, and managing questions brought to our newsroom from our SMS users and Detroit Documenters.
  • Ensure information in our SMS system is current, verified, and valuable
  • Help identify, recruit and support Outlier staff.
  • Monitor and assess performance on story development, personal growth plans, and performance reviews for Outlier staff.
  • Help track Outlier’s editorial impacts.

The essentials

  • Five + years as an accountability reporter and/or editor
  • Rock-solid ethical and editorial judgment 
  • Commitment to and skill with fact-checking
  • Record of effective and respectful teamwork
  • Enthusiastic about collaboration with other news organizations
  • Experience and aptitude in managing teams and systems
  • Commitment to treating sources, partners, and colleagues with dignity
  • Enthusiasm about working in an environment that appreciates and reflects the diversity of Detroit along with skill in navigating a diverse workplace
  • This job is located in the city of Detroit and is not a remote position, though working from home when needed or preferred is fine.

What we offer

Outlier is a small team of dedicated professionals. We work hard and expect high-quality work from ourselves and each other. However, we also support learning, growing, and stretching. We support each other’s professional and personal goals. We have healthy boundaries and we have worked to create an environment that helps us avoid burnout rather than hobble through it. We also offer:

  • Starting salary of $85K 
  • Relocation stipend
  • Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, 401K and a match, generous vacation, PTO, and holidays 
  • Funded and supported professional development opportunities

Outlier Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value and celebrate diversity and work towards equity. We encourage applicants from marginalized identities to apply. To apply, send a resume to sarah@outliermedia.org and fill out our application here.

Hiring: Reporter to cover information needs in Metro Detroit in Arabic for Outlier Media (Temporary position)

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About Outlier Media

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.

The Position

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

Employment Term:

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
  • Detail oriented
  • 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 sarah@outliermedia.org by 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, July 29:

  • Your resume/CV.
  • 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)