Assignment 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 confident in your ability to develop story ideas? Are you a voracious online newsreader of a variety of different sources? Are you excited about the opportunity to work with smart and talented individuals committed to producing great content in the public interest? Can you commit a minimum of 10 hours a week, working remotely on your own schedule with our far-flung, diverse team?
The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is looking for an Assignment Editor to join the team.
Check out WhoWhatWhy.org. You™ll quickly see that weâ€™re a credible source carrying out the solution to the raging debate over whether the news is â€œfakeâ€ or not,â€ with agenda-free research and publishing bracingly fresh analysis. Not left-wing, not right-wing, not consensus-seeking. We just want the truth â€” whatever it is.
We have thought long and hard about what limits journalismâ€™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 â€œeyeballâ€ quotas â€” 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 â€” 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 â€” even when weâ€™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 itâ€™s the essence of true journalism.
And because weâ€™re straight to the point, we make clear that weâ€™re looking for volunteers â€” skilled volunteers. Yes, weâ€™re a nonprofit that wasnâ€™t funded by a zillionaire. Yes, we decline to accept corporate ads. Yes, we have a limited budget right now and simply don't have the ability to pay many people very much.
However, we do have big ambitions, which is why weâ€™re seeking an experienced assignment editor who is curious, can unearth powerful stories and can demonstrate significant investigative skills. This person will work with a committed and truth-seeking team that is skeptical towards power and credentialed expertise with a determination to unearth the facts interested parties want to keep hidden.
You will work remotely and on your own schedule, and we require 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 other senior leaders, and can commit quality time per week on a regular basis to help achieve team goals, weâ€™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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