Deputy Editor, Billy Penn
Job Details
Hybrid - HQ - Philadelphia, PA
Full Time

About WHYY


WHYY serves the Philadelphia region with trusted journalism, eye-opening storytelling and intimate local arts programming. Our curiosity and commitment to this community is what drives our programming. It’s also what drives our hiring.


Below you’ll find an employment opportunity in the fast-paced setting of the Philadelphia region’s leading public media provider. The award-winning professional staff of WHYY sets the bar high in television, radio and online. Whether it’s preparing a program to air or a behind-the-scenes role in support, all positions are vital to continuing—and growing—our impact in our community.


WHYY offers a voice to those not heard, a platform to share everyone’s stories, a foundation to empower early and lifelong learners and a trusted space for unbiased news. Learn more about our Social Responsibility Program. It’s how we live.


About Billy Penn


Billy Penn is looking for an intrepid journalist to take a leading role in moving local news forward by helping coordinate a newsroom that informs and engages with Philadelphians.


With a small editorial team that covers everything from breaking news to urban life to food and fun, Billy Penn comprises a original reported articles; a strong social media presence; a daily email newsletter; and a community events program.


This full-time position, reporting to the Billy Penn Director, will help develop innovative ways to report and share information that connects and uplifts communities in the Philly region.


This person will assist with edits on story drafts filed by reporters; help identify and obtain artwork for stories; and produce articles for online publication. This person will take the lead on building Billy Penn’s weekday and Sunday morning newsletters, and help coordinate publishing on Instagram using pre-made templates.


This person will also assist in responding to emailed audience feedback, and be an integral part of launching a new email series that helps Philadelphians learn about and explore the greatest city in the world.



  • Participate in weekly editorial meetings and brainstorm with other team members

  • Do the first or second read on drafts filed by reporters

  • Assign and edit freelance stories after discussion with Director

  • Ensure there is artwork to run with each article

  • Produce articles when filed by freelancers or other non-staff members

  • Build on reporter contributions to finalize the Billy Penn weekday newsletter

  • Write and build the Billy Penn Sunday newsletter

  • Maintain a 12-month editorial calendar of “important dates”

  • Help develop and execute new editorial products, including themed email series

  • Help curate news via Billy Penn’s social media accounts

  • Coordinate posting of Billy Penn stories on Instagram, with help from interns

  • Assist with breaking news if needed

  • Contribute ideas to and help execute Billy Penn events and panel discussions


Education: Expertise in newsgathering methods and practices.


Experience:  Minimum 5 years of journalism experience preferred, including at least 2 years experience as editor of others. Experience with strategic planning and civic engagement is a bonus.


Software/Technical Skills: Computer literacy; knowledge of online writing and editing standards; social media literacy; understanding of data visualization software.


*This position is represented by SAG-AFTRA.


*All WHYY employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Proof will be required upon hiring.