Assistant Editor (Volunteer)


  • Melbourne, VIC
  • Permanent
  • Part-time
  • 2 months ago
  • Apply easily
Assistant Editor (Volunteer)

*Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time, volunteer work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment.* This is a remote-from-home position.

Are you an experienced assistant editor who sometimes feels you’re not getting the chance to do your best work or to really, truly, make a meaningful contribution to the world? Would you like the articles you assign and sharpen to be seen by a thoughtful, engaged audience? If so, we may be able to offer you the opportunity of a lifetime? Can you commit a minimum of 10 hours a week, working remotely on your own schedule with our far-flung, diverse team?

Check out You’ll quickly see that we’re a credible solution to the raging debate over whether the news is “fake” or not,” with agenda-free research and publishing bracingly fresh analysis. Not left-wing, not right-wing, not consensus-seeking. We just want the truth — whatever it is.

We have thought long and hard about what limits journalism’s ability to effect positive change in the public interest, and we see two factors that dominate the landscape: (1) Commercial entities overly concerned with meeting financial goals and filling “eyeball” quotas — while not straying from the rest of the pack, thereby ensuring a sameness and superficiality to the coverage. (2) Ideologically driven outfits catering to a specific mindset and not daring to reveal things that would upset their readers — or force them to reconsider their values.

At WhoWhatWhy, we go at each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep and ask hard questions — even when we’re told not to. Nothing is going to stand in our way when it comes to discovering what is going on beneath the surface, and why. Call it naive to believe such fearlessness possible, but we think it’s the essence of true journalism.

And because we’re straight to the point, we make clear that we’re looking for volunteers — skilled volunteers. Yes, we’re a nonprofit that wasn’t funded by a zillionaire. Yes, we decline to accept corporate ads.

But we promise you this: If you’re a crackerjack editor, over time we’ll find a way to compensate you as we’re able. And in the meantime, you won’t be just “another editor.” We guarantee that your assignments will be meaningful, and you’ll be in the company of other fun, idealistic, motivated, decent people.

As you will find out (if you didn’t know already) it feels pretty good to do the right thing. Bonus: an impressive array of readers — including many who are distinguished in their own fields; educators, scientists, thought leaders of all kinds -- will see the stories you touch.

Interested? Qualified? Read on for details. And if you think you’re a good fit, tell us.

  • Work closely with Senior Editors to meticulously edit articles for accuracy, neutrality, and relevance, while maintaining the WhoWhatWhy voice.
  • Brainstorm editorial story ideas with the editorial team.
  • Conduct research
  • Line-edit and sometimes re-write stories from internal and external contributors
  • Uphold editorial guidelines that ensure a consistent voice, tone, perspective, and copy standards across the website
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism
  • Have the ability to edit and rewrite quickly on deadline.
  • Be highly organized, motivated, and curious, and able to juggle — and prioritize — multiple projects simultaneously
  • Have a solid grasp of — and commitment to — our mission
  • Attention for detail, news judgment, story packaging, and a careful eye for accuracy
  • Demonstrate a collaborative spirit and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Channel your passion in a stimulating environment
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an up-and-coming organization
  • Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory
  • Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis
  • Have fun while you make a difference
  • Your work will be seen!

You will work remotely and on your own schedule, and we require a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week. (Though doing more is not discouraged!) Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through Slack and email, and team members are requested to be highly responsive in a timely manner.

If you possess a high level of self-motivation, work well independently but also have strong collaboration skills and enjoy the opportunity to partner with other leaders, and can commit quality time per week on a regular basis to help achieve team goals, we’d like to hear from you.

To Apply

We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. To apply, send your resume and a customized cover letter explaining why you're a good fit for this position. If there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send a cover letter to You should confirm your understanding that this is, initially, a volunteer position. Thanks!

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