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Junior Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief

*Note: the following is an opportunity for volunteer, part time, flexible work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid work.*

Russ Baker, accomplished investigative reporter, best-selling author, and editor-in-chief of the nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy, is seeking another "right hand person" to help the current Executive Assistant handle all kinds of interesting projects and learn about journalism operations from the inside.

This position, open to people of all ages, is part-time and initially unpaid, but down the road, as we grow, we can offer possibilities of compensation. You will work primarily out of our Manhattan office, and sometimes from your own location and on your own schedule. A minimum commitment of 10 hours a week is required. This is an extraordinary opportunity to get your foot into creative contemporary journalism with its many facets, including writing, editing, video, podcasts, marketing, public relations, branding, fundraising, and more.

Who We Are

WhoWhatWhy is 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, we are staffed largely with skilled volunteers dedicated to elevating public awareness and fostering a more vigorous democracy.  

To apply, send your resume and a customized cover letter explaining why you're a good fit for this position. We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions.


  • Interest in and knowledge of current affairs and news
  • Excellent written communication and oral presentation abilities
  • Maturity, accuracy, confidence, focus, high level of organizational capability, self-motivation


  • Track and manage projects and tasks, conduct research, interact with editor's contacts 
  • Learn vital interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship skills, how to interact in a professional environment, how to be persuasive and persistent without being rude, and how to excel in an area of your choice (i.e. editorial, development, administration)
  • Assist the Executive Assistant with whatever needs to be done
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