Managing Editor (Volunteer)
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: January 16, 2022
- Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time,
- This is perfect for retired journalists, people who manage
their own schedules, or anyone who wants to work with us on our
journalistic experiment, one of the most exciting newsrooms to come
along in years. We hope to be able to convert more volunteers to
compensated staff over time as our donation revenue grows.
Are you an experienced Managing Editor who is passionate about
making a difference? Would you find it exciting to work with smart
and talented individuals committed to producing great journalism in
the public interest? Can you commit 10 hours a week to our mission,
working remotely on your own schedule with our far-flung, diverse
WhoWhatWhy is seeking a Managing Co-Editor to support our current
Managing Editor. This individual will create content strategies and
oversee their implementation processes. Duties include managing a
team of writers, reporters, and editors, monitoring the results of
various content campaigns, and editing content pieces to ensure
they follow tone and style guides.
WhoWhatWhy is a nonpartisan, agenda-free news organization. Not
left-wing, not right-wing, not consensus-seeking, we report the
truth, whatever it is. We approach each story with an open mind,
boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep beneath the
surface - and don't back away in the face of pressure from powerful
institutions and groupthink.
We are a nonprofit. We are not funded by a zillionaire. We do not
accept corporate ads. As such, we are only currently able to pay a
small core team, as well as experienced professional freelancers -
and rely primarily on skilled volunteers to fill out our growing
Age does not matter. We have among us young students, vibrant
retirees, and everything in between, from all walks of life.
- Write, edit, and produce articles of varying lengths - from
short takes to features.
- Write traffic grabbing headlines.
- Recruit and work with new writers.
- Select and produce partner stories for publication.
- Coordinate on social and audience strategy and marketing
- Maintain publishing schedules and calendar.
- Work with audience development to ensure appropriate traction
on social platforms.
- Cultivate and maintain collaborations between New York and
- Help grow the site.
- 5+ years of reporting and editing experience, with strong web
- Exceptional communication skills, including superior writing
and editing skills.
- A passion for issues related to policy and economics.
- A dedication to accuracy and fairness in reporting.
- Ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects
- A real team player.
- Channel your passion in a stimulating environment.
- Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an
- 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 expected to attend your department's recurring
meetings. Beyond this, you will work on your own schedule. We ask
for a minimum commitment of 6 months for at least 10 hours a week.
Because our team is spread throughout the world, we rely on a
combination of Slack, email, and conference calls, and expect
everyone to be 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, making
clear you are familiar with our mission and work. You should
confirm your understanding that this is a volunteer position. If
there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send a cover
letter to email@example.com.
Please note that response emails from us sometimes end up in spam
folders; don't forget to check them. Thank you!
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