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Interactive News Designer

*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 Interactive News Designer. You will be responsible for designing templates and conceptualizations that help convey the message and data within WhoWhatWhy articles and help readers access relevant further information.

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 experience working with data, template and graphic software
  • Newsroom experience a plus
  • The ability to work in a virtual team environment
  • Some awareness of copyright issues
  • Ability to work independently
  • A creative mindset


  • Design interactive templates to complement individual stories
  • Understand which stories require which interpretations of templates, think of further information that could be useful to include with stories, and help readers access the information they need to see the full picture
  • Work well with different team members to satisfy different aspects of news pieces
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