TXT OUTLIER is an SMS service that delivers critical information for Detroiters and allows people to talk directly to a reporter at Outlier Media.
Use TXT OUTLIER
Use TXT OUTLIER to get housing, utilities and other essential information in Detroit automatically. You can also use the service to talk to an Outlier reporter directly about a question or issue you are having when you need other information.
Messages are sent from the number 67485. Text “Detroit” to 67485 to use the service or sign up for updates below.
Text “Detroit” to 67485 to get housing, utilities and other critical information on demand or to speak with an Outlier reporter directly. For occasional updates over text, share your number:
Why we text the news
We reach more than 8,000 Detroiters each week through text messaging, providing valuable information about housing, utilities and more. Many ask for a reporter to follow up with them, allowing them to ask questions and us to find answers.
We are in regular conversation with more Detroiters than newsrooms many times our size. We hope to equip people in our community to make important decisions to avoid evictions and tax foreclosure, determine the most cost-efficient energy resource for their households and protect their families.
Our individualized engagement has allowed thousands of residents to navigate or avoid eviction, foreclosure and utility shut-offs. These conversations drive our accountability and investigative work, leading to local policy changes and increased scrutiny of flawed systems.
Information focused on basic needs
Outlier conducts regular information needs assessments in Detroit by surveying residents through text messaging and analyzing data from United Way’s 211 service and other sources. These assessments identify the biggest challenges Detroiters are facing and shape our coverage accordingly. Read more about information needs.