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Managing Editor

*Note: the following is a volunteer, unpaid, part time position requiring consistent hours and a long term commitment. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid work.*

The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is looking for a volunteer high level editor, writer, and manager to oversee day-to-day operations and coordinate content from a wide range of partner sites. The ideal candidate has over five years of experience in online journalism, possesses an analytical and often counterintuitive approach to news, trends and global events. This individual can energize and inspire the small but dedicated team working for this relatively new startup.

The Managing Editor must be able to organize the daily workflow, coordinating with a team of writers and editors in New York, Washington and beyond while liaising with audience development and product development.

The job requires a commitment to the best journalistic practices, impeccable judgment under deadline pressure, and strong management and coordination skills.

Who We Are

We are a remarkable news organization and community that is making a difference, setting a new standard, and innovating on every front. A nonprofit that accepts no advertising, WhoWhatWhy is staffed largely with skilled volunteers dedicated to elevating public awareness and fostering a more vigorous democracy.  


You will work remotely and on your own schedule, though we require a minimum commitment of 10 hours a week. Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through email.  All staff are required to respond to emails on a daily basis.

To apply, send us your resume and a detailed cover letter that shows you have studied our brand and explains why you are qualified for this position. Make clear you understand the fundamentally pro bono aspect and are not mass-applying.


  • 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 N.Y. and D.C.
  • 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.
  • Experience with content management systems and basic HTML.
  • Knowledge of Drupal a plus.
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