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Housing Detroit: A Community Conversation on the Issues and Solutions

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The way things have always been done does not the right way make: an essay for reporters

Our organization was founded to respond to people who have been historically ignored. We report on housing because 2-1-1 data says that’s the subject people call most about. We deliver our news product over SMS (yes, good old-fashioned, green bubble text messages) because 60% of Detroiters don’t have consistent access to internet. That’s our bread and butter.

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What is an info gap and why is it bad?

Outlier is a different kind of news organization because we organize our work around filling information gaps. When there is a disconnect between what the news media covers and what people need to know in order to meet their goals day-to-day, that’s an information gap. It is the difference between, for example, a news story […]