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Managing Editor (Volunteer)

Company: WhoWhatWhy
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

  • Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time, volunteer work.
  • 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 team?

    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 organizational infrastructure.

    Age does not matter. We have among us young students, vibrant retirees, and everything in between, from all walks of life.

    Join us!

    • 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 plans.
    • Maintain publishing schedules and calendar.
    • Work with audience development to ensure appropriate traction on social platforms.
    • Cultivate and maintain collaborations between New York and Washington, DC.
    • Help grow the site.

      • 5+ years of reporting and editing experience, with strong web credentials.
      • 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 simultaneously.
      • A real team player.

        • Channel your passion in a stimulating environment.
        • 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 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.

          To Apply

          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

          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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