Jobs at Billy Penn

Mark Henninger

Billy Penn Reporter

Billy Penn is looking for an experienced, innovative professional to work as a general assignment reporter and contribute to the popular email newsletter. This reporter will help maintain the site’s tone, tenor, and content by creating original work that can’t be found elsewhere, and keeping tabs on what Philadelphia is talking about online and off. The ideal candidate can pitch a month’s worth of ideas at a time, produce an informed, focused article on short notice, and float between topics as necessary.

Top candidates will be able to report and write compelling original stories that aren’t being covered elsewhere; find stories in the people and things you encounter every day; get comfortable in communities that might not look like yours; know when and how to be funny in your reporting; and be able to express skepticism without being insulting.

This job isn’t about writing down what a politician said at a press conference — unless it’s truly ridiculous and very Philly. It is about explaining the city’s latest health directives in clear language, finding nuggets on social media and chasing down sources for the scoop, visualizing data about disparities and presenting it with solutions, exposing shenanigans, and shining a spotlight on people who help make Philadelphia the greatest city in the world.

Major duties and responsibilities

  • File 1-3 stories each week and keep track of multiple reporting projects
  • Pitch ideas at biweekly editorial meetings and brainstorm with other team members
  • Help identify or obtain artwork to go with your stories, including data visualizations
  • Learn how to turn written articles into radio spots and produce them for WHYY-FM
  • Cultivate contacts with sources and newsmakers connected to Philadelphia
  • Help write and build Billy Penn email newsletters
  • Curate news via Billy Penn’s social media accounts on rotating shifts
  • Contribute ideas to and participate in Billy Penn events and panel discussions


Knowledge & Education: Familiarity with newsgathering methods and practices

Experience: Minimum 2 years of journalism experience preferred

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

*This position is represented by SAG-AFTRA.

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

Billy Penn — along with WHYY Inc., our parent company — is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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. And so on. The thread runs deep in Philly, so there’s no shortage of opportunities.

Send your interest in assignments and your pitches to editor Danya Henninger at