Coronavirus News Monitor (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, like all of us, obsessed with finding and keeping up with all the information on the coronavirus? Are you monitoring the news on a constant basis? Would you like to take what you know and brief a news organization on what you find? If so, we may be able to offer you the opportunity of a lifetime.
Check out WhoWhatWhy.org. Youâ€™ll quickly see that weâ€™re a unique news organization: not left-wing, not right-wing, and not consensus-seeking. We just want the truth â€” whatever it is.
We have thought long and hard about what limits journalismâ€™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 â€œeyeballâ€ quotas â€” while keeping up with the rest of the pack, thereby ensuring a sameness and superficiality to the coverage (2) Ideologically driven outfits that cater to a specific mindset and dare not reveal things that would upset their readers â€” 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 â€” even when weâ€™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 itâ€™s the essence of true journalism.
And because weâ€™re straight to the point, we make clear that weâ€™re looking for volunteers â€” skilled volunteers. Yes, weâ€™re a nonprofit that wasnâ€™t funded by a zillionaire. Yes, yes we decline to accept corporate ads. Yes, we have a tiny budget right now and simply don't have the ability to pay many people very much.
But we promise you this: If youâ€™re a crackerjack editor, over time weâ€™ll find a way to compensate you as weâ€™re able. And in the meantime, you wonâ€™t be just â€œanother editor.â€ We guarantee that your assignments will be meaningful, and youâ€™ll be in the company of other fun, idealistic, motivated, decent people.
As you will find out (if you didnâ€™t know already) it feels pretty good to do the right thing. Bonus: an impressive array of readers â€” 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 youâ€™re a good fit, tell us.
- Monitor the news and collect stories on the coronavirus
- Create and update a spreadsheet on coronavirus story trends
- Attend editorial calls on WhoWhatWhy coronavirus stories and brief editors on your findings
- Be obsessed with coronavirus information and news
- Demonstrate a collaborative spirit and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
- Share our values and commitment to a higher form of journalism
- Channel your passion in a stimulating environment
- Share the excitement of discovering hidden patterns among facts in plain sight
- 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
- You will be seen!
You will work remotely and on your own schedule. We also ask for a minimum commitment of 20+ 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.
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 [email protected] You should confirm your understanding that this is, initially, a volunteer position. Thanks!
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