Senior Editor (Volunteer)
*Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time, volunteer work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment.* This is a remote-from-home position.
Are you a highly experienced editor who sometimes feels you’re not getting the chance to do your best work, or to really, truly, make a meaningful contribution to the world? Would you like the articles you assign and sharpen to be seen by a thoughtful, engaged audience? If so, we may be able to offer you the opportunity of a lifetime.
Check out WhoWhatWhy.org. You’ll quickly see that we’re a unique news organization: not left wing, not right wing, and not consensus-seeking. We just want the truth — whatever it is.
We have thought long and hard about what limits journalism’s ability to effect positive change in the public interest, and we see two factors that dominate the landscape: (1) Commercial entities overly concerned with meeting financial goals and filling “eyeball” quotas — while keeping up with the rest of the pack, thereby ensuring a sameness and superficiality to the coverage (2) Ideologically driven outfits that cater to a specific mindset and dare not reveal things that would upset their readers — or force them to reconsider their values.
At WhoWhatWhy, we go at each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep and ask hard questions — even when we’re told not to. Nothing is going to stand in our way when it comes to discovering what is going on beneath the surface, and why. Call it naive to believe such fearlessness possible, but we think it’s the essence of true journalism.
And because we’re straight to the point, we make clear that we’re looking for volunteers — skilled volunteers. Yes, we’re a nonprofit that wasn’t funded by a zillionaire. Yes, yes we decline to accept corporate ads. Yes, we have a tiny budget right now and simply don't have the ability to pay many people very much.
But we promise you this: If you’re a crackerjack editor, over time we’ll find a way to compensate you as we’re able. And in the meantime, you won’t be just “another editor.” We guarantee that your assignments will be meaningful, and you’ll be in the company of other fun, idealistic, motivated, decent people.
As you will find out (if you didn’t know already) it feels pretty good to do the right thing. Bonus: an impressive array of readers — including many who are distinguished in their own fields; educators, scientists, thought leaders of all kinds -- will see the stories you touch.
Interested? Qualified? Read on for details. And if you think you’re a good fit, tell us.
- Assign stories to staff and freelancers
- Field story pitches from external contributors
- Generate story ideas
- Line-edit and sometimes re-write stories from internal and external contributors
- Uphold editorial guidelines that ensure a consistent voice, tone, perspective, and copy standards across the website
- Write compelling original pieces yourself, when the spirit moves you
- Experience in a newsroom that produces quality journalism
- Have strong editing, writing, and reporting skills, and be able to work under deadline pressure
- Be highly organized, motivated, and curious, and able to juggle — and prioritize — multiple projects simultaneously
- Possess an ability to recognize and craft powerful stories
- Excel in storytelling across multiple platforms — including video, audio, and data visualization
- Demonstrate a collaborative spirit and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
- Share our values and commitment to a higher form of journalism
- Channel your passion in a stimulating environment
- Share the excitement of discovering hidden patterns among facts in plain sight
- Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an up-and-coming organization
- Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory
- Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis
- Have fun while you make a difference
- You will be seen!
You will work remotely and on your own schedule. We also ask for a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week (Though doing more is not discouraged!). Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through Slack and email, and team members are requested to be highly responsive in a timely manner.
We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. To apply, send your resume and a customized cover letter explaining why you're a good fit for this position. If there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send a cover letter to email@example.com. You should confirm your understanding that this is, initially, a volunteer position. Thanks!