Outlier Media is a national leader in service journalism design and a local reporting powerhouse in Detroit. Founded in 2016, the team at Outlier has spent the last few years developing methods and new products to fill information gaps in low-wealth communities. We have collaborated with local and national outlets to publish reporting that holds people, corporations and government accountable for neglect or abuses of power. We strive to provide information to individuals that makes self-determination more possible.
Over the next several years, our goal is to demonstrate the potential for our work to reach a mass audience through reflective and responsive reporting based on information and accountability needs. It is an ambitious goal to reinvigorate local journalism to sufficiently hold powerful people and institutions accountable.
We are hiring a quick-thinking freelance copy editor to help us edit three newsletters per week. The right candidate for this role is well-versed in Associated Press style and can demonstrate dexterity to maintain various newsletter tones. The right candidate also can commit to working with our newsletter leads — typically between 2-5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The copy editor will report to the managing editor. This job is in Detroit and is not a remote position, though working from home when needed or preferred is fine.
In this role you will:
—Edit copy for spelling, grammar and (Associated Press and Outlier Media) style, fact-check, evaluate language for tone and cultural sensitivity.
—Write headlines, subheads, subject lines and photo captions, as necessary.
—Belief in Outliers mission and values
—Dedication to filling audience needs
—Great news judgment
—Exceptional attention to detail
—Enthusiastic about collaboration with newsletter leads and Outlier Media editors
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. For the freelance newsletter copy editor, we offer:
—The pay rate is $300 per week.
—This freelance position does not include benefits.
Outlier Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value and celebrate diversity and work toward equity. We encourage applicants from marginalized identities to apply. To apply please fill out this application.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. ET July 25, 2022.