Report for America announced today that Outlier Media is one of almost 70 new host newsroom partners for 2022, helping grow a program that will now include 325 journalists in 270 newsrooms across the nation.

Through this partnership, Outlier will expand its coverage of Detroit city government. Journalists interested in this position can apply here by Jan. 31. 

The RFA corps member will cover city government and work to increase attention to the work of Detroit Documenters, a large group of highly engaged citizens trained by local media organizations to take notes at public meetings. This reporting partnership will create a constant flow of ideas for the reporter because the Detroit Documenters provide clear notes outlining the particulars of city and county government meetings—several times a week. The RFA corps member will also produce original reporting for the weekly Documenters newsletter.

“Detroiters value and support accountable local government,” said Outlier Editor-in-Chief Sarah Alvarez. “This position allows us to add another dimension to our Detroit Documenters work. Our RFA corp member will consistently and rigorously report out from the notes, questions and insights contributed by our Detroit Documenters.”

Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit media organization, the program is structured to harness the skills and idealism of an emerging group of journalists and the creative spirit of local news organizations—like ours.

Report for America is a two-year program (with an option for a third year) that delivers a wide-range of benefits to its corps members. Beyond paying up to half of the journalists’ salaries, the program provides training, mentorship from leading journalists, peer networking and memberships to select professional organizations.

To learn more about Report for America and how to apply to become a corps member, visit here.