*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 has the pulse of what's happening in the farthest reaches of our world — and a gift for making foreign events interesting to a primarily US audience? Do you believe that many important issues are not getting covered because they take place in countries many people could not even find on a map? Do you want to be part of an idealistic news team that wants to change that and tell those stories?
Check out WhoWhatWhy.org. You'll quickly see that we're a credible solution to the raging debate over whether the news is "fake" or not," with agenda-free research and publishing bracingly fresh analysis. Not left-wing, not right-wing, 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 not straying from the rest of the pack, thereby ensuring a sameness and superficiality to the coverage. (2) Ideologically driven outfits catering to a specific mindset and not daring to 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, we decline to accept corporate ads. Because of that, we look for volunteers — with the possibility, down the road, of compensation based on proven results.
But we promise you this: If you're a crackerjack Foreign Editor, over time we'll find a way to compensate you as we're able. And in the meantime, we guarantee that 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.
Identify story opportunities worldwide and assign staff and freelancers
Field story pitches
Line-edit and, as necessary, re-write stories
Uphold editorial guidelines that ensure a consistent voice, tone, perspective, and copy standards
Write compelling original pieces yourself, when the spirit moves you
Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, or other related fields
5+ years experience as an editor for a print or online news organization
Be able to work under deadline pressure
Be highly organized, motivated, curious, and able to juggle — and prioritize — multiple projects simultaneously
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
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
Your work will be seen!
You will work remotely and on your own schedule, and we 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.
If you possess a high level of self-motivation, work well independently but also have strong collaboration skills and enjoy the opportunity to partner with like-minded individuals, and can commit quality time per week on a regular basis to help achieve team goals, we'd like to hear from you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should confirm your understanding that this is, initially, a volunteer position. Thanks!
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