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Digital Investigator

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

Do you excel at using your investigative and technical skills to hunt for specific electronic data? Are you interested in working with journalists to identify bots on social media, tracking mysterious online phenomena and curating news from social media as stories break? The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is looking for a digital investigator to handle all of these responsibilities and more. 

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 5-8 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

Please send us a resume and carefully reasoned, customized cover letter that outlines your experience and skillset, and shows that you have studied what we do at WhoWhatWhy. Our mission must resonate deeply with you. We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. You must confirm your understanding that this is a volunteer position.

In your cover letter, at the top, write "Mencken."


  • Proven investigative and digital experience  
  • Newsroom experience a plus 
  • The ability to work independently, in a virtual team environment
  • A dogged, creative mindset toward finding data on the internet and understanding how it relates to our practices as a news organization 


  • Hunt down the information we need, when we need it
  • Use forensic tools and technology to assist in finding information 
  • Use your creativity to find documents, people, accounts or information that may seem lost 


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