“Erin is a journalism veteran who has not only worked in local news but studied how to make it better, more responsive, and more representative. Erin is bringing deep knowledge in editorial process design and news editing. Erin’s work will allow us to add more high-quality news products that will inform Detroiters of Outlier’s existing work.” Sarah Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief Outlier Media.

Outlier Media is pleased to announce that Erin Perry (she/her) has joined Outlier as Managing Editor. Her experience includes stints with the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington D.C.; Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia; The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio; and most recently, the Detroit Free Press, as a writer and editor. 

In her six years at the Free Press, she directed more than 1,000 students in Michigan’s largest scholastic journalism program of its kind. She trained high school journalists from Detroit public schools, leading them in producing a monthly citywide student publication during the school year. She returns each summer to continue in her decade-long role directing the Detroit Free Press Summer Apprentice Program for high school students and graduates – the program that helped launch her career some 20 years ago. She has trained more than 100 students to be reporters at this major market daily publication.

A practitioner-scholar, Perry is also a Ph.D. candidate and Dean’s Diversity Fellow at Wayne State, where she studies the effects of new media – communication using computers or technology – on the journalism profession, journalism audiences and journalism education.

“Erin is a journalism veteran who has not only worked in local news but studied how to make it better, more responsive, and more representative. Erin is bringing deep knowledge in editorial process design and news editing. Erin’s work will allow us to add more high-quality news products that will inform Detroiters of Outlier’s existing work,” Sarah Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief Outlier Media. 

Perry is a proud member of the Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves on the Public Relations Committee as a strategic planning consultant, after having served as chapter journalist.

Today we are also announcing the first members of our Advisory Board. Vincent McCraw (Report for America/NABJ Detroit President), Katyln Alo (San Francisco Chronicle/former data reporter Outlier Media) and Dick Tofel (outgoing president of ProPublica) will advise the Outlier team on editorial and growth strategy. “We are grateful to have these talented journalists join us as we work this year to grow from a fiscally sponsored project to a non-profit that Detroiters can depend on for the many years to come,” Candice Fortman Executive Editor Outlier Media. 

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