Detour Detroit is hiring a newsletter editor

Detour Detroit is hiring a newsletter editor

Detour Media is hiring a newsletter editor to contribute to Detour Detroit’s weekly newsletters, social media accounts and signature journalism.

Twice every week, Detour delivers the status update on Detroit, straight to your inbox. Our experimental email startup and community-focused content is funded by the likes of Google, Facebook and the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund. And our Emerging Voices program mentors Detroiters from across the city to tell stories about their neighborhoods.
We’re looking for a newsletter editor to help us grow and engage the local audiences of our twice-weekly Detour Detroit newsletter and weekly Get Busy email.

You’re a news-obsessed writer who can nail deadlines and can be trusted to deliver on assignments while working from home, our space at TechTown or The Bronx (we don’t judge, so long as the work gets done). You don’t just keep up with the best local journalism being published around the city — you have something to say about it, and share our passion for meeting readers where they are and creating habits around local news consumption. And you have ideas and the capacity to produce short articles, profiles and Q&As on topics our readers care about, with an overarching goal of making local news easier to follow and understand.

While features and articles will be produced ahead of time, our newsletter production schedule requires this hire to work on deadline Mondays and Wednesdays to produce timely content for our Tuesday and Thursday emails. Remote work and evenings are acceptable and encouraged! Candidates will be paid a flat rate for production of each Detour newsletter, with generous freelance rates paid out for producing additional feature stories and reported articles.

This is a part-time, freelance opportunity with consistent deadlines and short turn-around, which is why you’ll need to be a fast reader, confident wordsmith and engaged social media user. Our ideal candidate is a published writer looking for a reliable part-time opportunity with a growing startup. You are confident working with or learning digital tools like MailChimp, GoogleDocs, WordPress, Facebook and Instagram. Ideally, you’ve had experience working remotely and communicating via Slack to complete projects as a team. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Interested in the gig? Submit your resume to ashley@detourdetroiter.com, along with links to the three best stories you read about Detroit in the last month, with a sentence for each explaining why you picked them. Please, no cover letters.

Detour Detroit is committed to fostering a diverse workplace. Applicants from the city of Detroit are encouraged to apply.

Ashley Woods Branch is the founder and CEO of Detour Media, a local journalism startup that builds community, spotlights neighborhood issues and curates Detroit news through an equitable perspective. Ashley leads Detour’s audience growth strategies, community partnerships, revenue operations and strategic planning. She’s also a sought-after consultant for digital newsrooms and has worked with more than 100 news outlets across America. Ashley previously led consumer experience and digital strategy at the Detroit Free Press and was the editor of HuffPost’s Detroit bureau, as well as a reporter and editor focused on Detroit culture and development for MLive, Real Detroit Weekly and Model D. She was a 2019 Marshall Memorial Fellow and a 2018 Visiting Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University. Follow her on Twitter: @ash_detroit