“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 […]
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We believe for local news to have a future, it has to be built for people when they truly need information before it is built for people when they are just curious.
By Joey Horan and Tom Brouns, special to Outlier Media February 25, 2021 Angela Spangler expected her partner, Justin Eskildsen, to be released from Marquette Branch Prison on January 9. He had served his minimum sentence, nearly two years, and had been granted parole. But as that date crept closer, Eskildsen sensed something was off […]
By Malak Silmi January 21, 2020Since April more people have used Outlier’s text message information system to help them find food assistance more often than anything else. About 35% of our users have needed help with food since the pandemic started. Ebony Hamilton, a single mother living with her children in River Rouge, was in the same position in […]
We are working towards a better 2021 by exposing and filling the accountability gaps the pandemic has created or worsened in Detroit. The things at the top of our list of concerns are below. Help us keep an eye out. Reach out if you need us or want to talk through a tip or a […]
Outlier Media is preparing for some major changes as we look to the future. We are broadening our focus a bit, but we remain dedicated to filling local information and accountability gaps.
Outlier published an investigation in late August that looked into MDOC’s response to COVID-19. My reporting found that the agency’s measures to stem the spread of the virus were often ineffective, punitive, and in some cases, created chaos and confusion.
Two mothers came through the text messaging system, just expressing concern, both not knowing really what was going on inside and not knowing what the response [of MDOC] was.
Photo by Thomas Martinsen on Unsplash 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 […]