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The Outlier is an independent publication specialising in using data to create public service stories and visualisations. Our hope is that the work we do helps people to understand the world around them a little bit better.

The Outlier is published by Media Hack Collective (MHC).

We started MHC to experiment with data and visual storytelling and we’ve won a number of awards for our work, including:

The Team

The Outlier is a small team of data journalists and programmers. We work collaboratively on all of our projects and we experiment a lot as we try and find better ways to tell stories.

  • Laura Grant, MHC co-founder and head of data
  • Alastair Otter, MHC co-founder, head of tech
  • Gemma Ritchie, data researcher
  • Gemma Gatticchi, data researcher
  • Anne Taylor, community coordinator
  • Shoks Mnisi Mzolo, data academy coordinator
  • Gavin Dudley, data reports

Outlier Funding

The Outlier is fully funded by the work we do at Media Hack Collective. This allows us to keep The Outlier focused on journalism while we are still able to produce work for paying clients.

If you’re interested in hiring us check out our Media Hack Collective website or email us: info@theoutlier.co.za