Candice Fortman has worked in commercial and non-profit media, leading marketing, engagement, and growth strategy. She is a skilled manager with fifteen years of experience in team leadership. Candice currently serves as the Executive Director of Outlier Media in Detroit. Her work is centered on ensuring that the organization makes consistent and timely progress in achieving its mission while building a sustainable newsroom that challenges traditional models both on the editorial and business end. Before joining Outlier, Candice was the Marketing and Engagement Manager at WDET 101.9 Detroit's NPR station.
Fortman is a 2021 alumna of the JSK fellowship at Stanford and the host of News Guest, a podcast that explores newsroom sustainability. Fortman sits on the board of Cityside, which operates Berkleyside and The Oaklandside in California. She is an advisory board member for OpenNews, which connects developers, designers, journalists, and editors to collaborate on open technologies and processes within journalism. Candice teaches in the Product Immersion for Small Newsrooms training by J+/Newmark J-School/NPA/Google News InitiativeCandice is a lifelong Detroiter with a deep commitment to the city and its people. She has served on several local boards, including The Village of Bethany Manor, a subsidized senior living community, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Classical Roots Steering Committee.
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