Best Training Ever: Become a Great Investigative Reporter

New York City
Pro Bono
Dec 24, 2017
Metro Area
New York
Freelance, Internship

Are you a hotshot investigative reporter?

WhoWhatWhy seeks talented reporters — fledging and veteran — to join our burgeoning investigative team. You will work closely with Russ Baker, our award-winning editor-in-chief, to expose corruption in Washington and beyond, gaining practical reporting skills while helping the public identify fake news. You should have a strong sense of the news business and ideally some experience with investigative journalism. We’re open to neophytes who can prove that they have the drive and knack for thinking critically about deep politics.

You’ll work from your own location with flexible hours, on an agreed-upon shift basis. This is a great opportunity to do some of your best work ever in a supportive atmosphere with a team of folks willing and able to help you execute meaningful projects. 

WhoWhatWhy hunts for those narratives that somehow never get told - even by the "hot news brands" that at first blush seem so edgy and bold. We dig deeper, identifying underlying causes of political crises and structural problems that, if addressed, could result in a better world for all.

As a nonprofit that accepts no advertising, WhoWhatWhy staff up largely with enthusiastic, professional volunteers, though we try to offer modest stipends to those who have proven their value and long-term commitment.

If you believe deeply in our mission, want to do your part and have the skills and time to match, we’d like to hear from you. Send us your resume and a detailed cover letter that shows you have studied our brand and explains why you are qualified for this position. Make clear you understand the fundamentally pro bono aspect and are not mass-applying.


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or related field
  • 2+ years of newsroom experience
  • An insatiable appetite for political news
  • A keen understanding of current affairs and elements of sophisticated explanatory and investigative journalism
  • The determination and ingenuity to track down elusive sources and coax information from them
  • The ability to analyze public records and concisely explain their significance
  • An awareness of the WhoWhatWhy brand, its values and its distinct editorial voice
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills


  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations
  • Acquire valuable new skills in political investigative journalism
  • Collaborate with smart, accomplished coworkers
  • Grow a network of contacts
  • Enhance your resume
  • Progress to a compensated position
  • Delve into cutting-edge issues at the center of the public discourse
  • Make a difference

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