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Deputy editor

Ready to help lead Billy Penn’s newsroom? This full-time position is intended for journalists with at least 5 years experience, and ideally some of that time spent editing.

You’ll help BP’s director and editor develop innovative ways to report and share information that connects and uplifts communities in the Philly region — in part by assisting with editing stories filed by reporters and freelancers, helping identify and obtaining artwork for stories, and producing articles for online publication. You’ll also take the lead on building Billy Penn’s weekday and Sunday morning newsletters, and help coordinate publishing on Instagram using pre-made templates.

Also! We’re all about interacting with our readers, and you’ll help BP’s director and development manager in responding to emailed audience feedback. And on the horizon is a “How to Philly” email series that helps Philadelphians learn about and explore the greatest city in the world.

Interested? Apply below, and make sure to include a cover letter.


Investigative reporter

Billy Penn is looking for an experienced journalist to work as an investigative reporter. This job is for you if you have 3 to 5 years reporting experience and are looking to uncover new information or create new understanding about the people, businesses, organizations, and cultural forces that define Philadelphia.

The ideal candidate can find interesting questions in everyday occurrences, investigate them with vigor, and translate the results into clear, compelling stories.

You can expect some stories to be long lead, and others to be scoops you turn quickly. Because this is BP, the topics could range from politics and government to history and pop culture. An investigation could require digging into campaign finance filings, or diving into archives of a local candy company.

Things you’ll need to be good at to excel at the job: developing trust with sources, extracting information from authorities, requesting public records; producing data journalism, and getting comfortable in communities that might not look like you.

This job isn’t about chasing stories other outlets are already covering. It is about finding nuggets in unusual places, building relationships that make you a go-to for tips, exploring disparities and presenting them with solutions, and exposing shenanigans so people have a better reason to believe Philadelphia can be the greatest city in the world.

Interested? Apply below, and make sure to include a cover letter.


Sports culture freelancer

Want to write about sports in Philadelphia in new and interesting ways? There’s plenty of play-by-play and game coverage, but Billy Penn is looking to publish stories about the culture of sports in the city.

For example, that stadium staffer who brings a cat to work. The badminton fanatic who founded a city league. The person who’s taped every Phillies game since ’97. The thread runs deep in Philly, so there’s no shortage of opportunities.

Send your interest in assignments and your pitches to Danya Henninger at danya@billypenn.com.

Latino life freelancer

Philadelphia’s Latino community is among the fastest growing in the United States, and now makes up nearly 15% of residents. People of Latino or Hispanic heritage have been contributing to the city’s history for a century or more, and have been instrumental in developing many the city’s outlying business corridors. These days, Latinos from all backgrounds power our city’s culture.

Billy Penn’s Latino Life in Philly section showcases these people, places, trends, and issues in the city with stories published in both English and Spanish — and we’re looking for bilingual reporters to help fill out the coverage. Ability to speak Spanish is a necessity. (Ability to write in Spanish is not, because we work with talented Spanish-language translators and editors.)

Send your interest in assignments and your pitches Danya Henninger at danya@billypenn.com.

LGBTQ issues freelancer

Billy Penn prides itself on being a resource and an outlet for the city’s LGBTQ community.

We are looking for freelancers to help us continue to tell gay Philadelphians’ stories and cover issues that affect gay people’s lives, as well as educate all Philadelphians about the joys, challenges, traumas, and successes that affect people in and adjacent to the LGBTQ world.

Send your interest in assignments and your pitches to Danya Henninger at danya@billypenn.com.

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