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Breaking News Investigations Team

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

Do you have experience digging into investigations for newsrooms, research initiatives, or other projects? Are you insatiable when it comes to figuring out the next big scoop? The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is looking to build a breaking news investigation team to quickly jump on stories as they happen, expanding and bettering our breaking news coverage with the help of two part-time investigations editors.

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 of10 hours a week. Ideally, we'd have ten people on the team. 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.


  • Keep track of and jump on big stories in the news so we can begin to play a bigger role in breaking stories
  • Newsroom experience a plus
  • Quickly investigate, research, write and publish breaking pieces
  • Work with editors and team members to ensure that news is covered quickly but accurately


  • Proven experience in investigative work and research
  • Great communication and writing skills
  • The ability to work in a team to solve problems, find solutions, and publish pieces 


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