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. We publish watchdog and investigative pieces with our partners 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 an Engagement Producer to work on a six-month contract for our small but mighty team as we grow to serve more Detroiters and reimagine local news as an essential service. We need a skilled and thoughtful engagement producer who can help us continue to produce the high-quality and innovative work Detroiters deserve.

The job

Help us build relationships with Detroiters digitally and in person. We’re looking for someone who is an expert listener, both in the newsroom and in the community. The position calls for lots of experimentation and collaboration with our reporters, editors, and partners. The job includes executing our current engagement strategies and helping to develop new ones. A great candidate will be familiar with metrics tools and comfortable making quick, independent decisions based on both quantitative and qualitative factors. Good judgment and journalistic ethics are also paramount in this position because you are the newsroom’s front-line ambassador to the community.

This producer will work part-time out of our Detroit newsroom.

The duties include:

  • Coordinating engagement initiatives online and in person
  • Researching and curating information for Outlier’s newsletter and the Detroit Documenters newsletter on deadline
  • Assisting in developing and executing strategies for engaging more people in Outlier’s services and work
  • Developing and implementing a social media engagement strategy
  • Finding creative ways to involve Detroiters in the reporting process
  • Delivering compelling digital stories

The essentials:

  • An understanding of Detroit news and communities
  • Demonstrated reporting, digital news and production skills
  • Ability to perform a variety of assignments thoroughly
  • Commitment to learn and enact best journalism practices
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to consistently produce timely and substantive products on deadline
  • Ability to develop and create stories on social and digital platforms
  • Experience increasing reach and engagement at a news organization
  • A sharp eye for spotting emerging trends and stories 
  • A creative mind
  • A collaborative spirit

We know there are great people who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

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. 


  • $32/hour for up to 30 hours per week 
  • $100/month technology stipend 
  • $500 (after 90 days of employment) for professional development

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 on expanding our resources so we can grow our team, 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.

Ready to apply?

To apply, send a resume to our Editor-in-Chief at sarah@outliermedia.org and fill out our application here by 5 p.m. EST on August 13, 2021

  • Your resume/CV.
  • Links to at least four work samples you consider relevant to this role. This can be written, visual, 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 established to protect you in all workspaces: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).