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Writing Brightener

*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.*

Can you take a piece of standard-but-dull journalism and make the words sing? The nonprofit news site WhoWhatWhy is looking for a volunteer writing expert to help elevate our investigative journalism's stylistic beauty. We need someone who understands how to turn flat prose into near poetry.

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 writing and editing at a high level, in a beautiful way
  • Newsroom experience a plus 
  • The ability to work in a virtual team environment
  • The ability to work independently
  • A creative mindset towards journalistic work 


  • Dive deep into our pieces and figure out how to make the words sing more than they already do
  • Potentially work with our journalists to help them discover how to turn standard reporting into art 
  • Work well with editors to elevate pieces as a team
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