One of my favorite trends to watch lately are all the ways journalists and other media movers are ingeniously working around internet shutdowns and other technical problems. Like when Hong Kong protesters last year worked around internet shut-downs with the Bluetooth-based Bridgefy app. My favorite innovation champ, Ren LaForme, wrote recently about El Timpano as a tool for publishers to text news out to their readers, find out more here.
Right now I’m especially fascinated by Outlier Media’s smartphone text-based news distribution networks that allow users a custom opportunity to dig into important information -- even details about their own home.
“Outlier is service journalism on demand. We deliver high value information directly to news consumers over text message and offer every user the ability to connect directly with a reporter. Txt OUTLIER to 73224 to see how it works. If you’re looking for important info on any home in Detroit delivered right to your phone txt DETROIT to 73224.”
Last month Outlier merged with the nationally-focused MuckRock, and vowed to bring their projects to a larger audience.
This is how crucial their work is.