Best Training Ever -- Reporting/Writing
WhoWhatWhy, the up-and-coming, smart, nonpartisan, "deep digging" news site, is looking for apprentices (high-level interns) who want to learn the ins and outs of top-flight journalism.
We’re something really different — a group of journalists who grew frustrated at the failings of our craft to address national and international problems at a deep enough level. We observed how most journalism is either fundamentally motivated by profits, or driven by a clear ideological, partisan agenda.
At WhoWhatWhy, you have a space to do your best work, research with an open mind, and present your findings in an exciting way to a broad audience that hungers for the truth. We encourage you to tackle any subject or angle, without fear that you would be somehow marginalized for breaking from the pack.
Because our budget is small, we run largely on volunteer help. We have built this with a host of talented people across the professions. We think of our work as no different from volunteering for an environmental or human rights cause — we believe getting to the bottom of things and sharing knowledge and wisdom is just as worthy. If you’d like to join our team, on a part-time, flexible basis, and can demonstrate good skills, good attitude and strong work habits, we are willing to train you, give you bylines and more. And when and if we’re able, we’ll make an effort to pay.
Location doesn't matter. You need to closely follow the news, be resourceful and self-motivated, and take the time to understand our particular approach to journalism. When you write us, please:
1. Send a customized 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.
2. Give us a sense of how thoroughly you've studied our site and our work, and the degree to which our approaches dovetail.
3. Attach 2-3 writing samples under the "Portfolio" section.
4. Include your c.v.
In your cover letter, at the top, write "Mencken."