About The Outsider

Independent, student-led publication. Unafraid to take risks and challenge the status quo.

Mainstream media in the U.S. is fundamentally flawed. They treat the scientific consensus of climate change like a “debate,” omit key nuances from their coverage of geopolitical conflicts, and spend more time covering missing planes than American poverty.

Whenever we watch cable TV or read the news from a mainstream media outlet, we are entering a system plagued by corporate and state bias, as is brilliantly outlined in Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent. Furthermore, the solutions to the issues our country faces are framed as a binary choice between the Democratic and Republican options, quelling any potential for insightful, open-minded political thought.

With such a media climate, it seems like genuine, meaningful articles that matter to average people and encourage critical thinking are becoming harder and harder to come by.

We are an independent, student-led publication with zero ties or allegiances to the establishment, the status quo, or the “insider class.” The only loyalties we have are to truth, morality, and what’s right.

We are unafraid to challenge authority and hold our leaders accountable. Not a single writer for The Outsider is bought off by corporate, state, or party interests. This gives us free rein to advocate for what’s right for our country and our world without catering to special interests.

We are dedicated to telling real stories with real meaning. As a raw, student-led publication, we care about the issues that actually matter to people — the policies and ethical bedrock that have an actual application to our lives.

We are committed to broadcasting opinions from all across the political spectrum — not just Democratic and Republican, but nationalist, globalist, socialist, libertarian, anarchist — you name it. There is a desperate need for political publications that transcend the two party dichotomy of choices we’re so often presented with, and we look to do just that.

We are The Outsider, after all.

Meet Our Team

Lew Blank


Lew Blank is a student at the University of Minnesota, studying Political Science and Journalism. Blank aligns himself most closely with democratic socialism, and he currently works as a journalist for the Minnesota Daily and Atlas Obscura, as well as Director of Strategic Development for Opportunity Inc.

Timothy O’Shea


Timothy O’Shea is a political science and economics student at Case Western Reserve University. He is a social democrat, and is interested in socialist theory.

Tyler Wendland


Tyler Wendland is a computer science student at the University of Minnesota. Politically open-minded, Tyler enjoys following and writing about current and upcoming elections in the United States.

Alexander Djanin


Student studying Economics at the University of Minnesota. Interested in global politics, economics, and business. Identifies as a pragmatist above all else.

SOUND DESIGNER: Michael Shaten

GUEST PANELISTS: Gabriel Spahn, Clark Amann

If you are interested in being a writer for The Outsider, please email Lew Blank at moviesbylew@gmail.com.

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