Asia Environmental Correspondent (Bangkok-Based)

Radio Free Asia(RFA) is a private, Washington, DC-based, nonprofit corporation that provides accurate and timely news and information to Asian countries whose governments prohibit access to a free press. Delivered in nine Asian languages in addition to English, our journalism extends beyond radio to include web, video, mobile and e-books.

We are now seeking a full-time Asia Environmental Correspondent who will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, and will report in English on how the climate crisis and other environmental challenges are changing lives across the region. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • To report and write English-language spot news and features for publication by RFA and BenarNews on environmental issues in Southeast Asia and the wider Indo-Pacific region. Those stories may be translated for publication by other RFA and BenarNews language services.
  • Where possible, the correspondent will take photos and shoot video for multimedia presentation of stories, and work with the RFA Multimedia team for the production of video and graphics.
  • To produce topics of interest for coverage, including climate change; threats to flora and fauna; deforestation; impacts of warming of oceans and rising sea levels; illegal and unregulated fishing; carbon emissions; impacts of industry and major infrastructure projects, including China's Belt and Road Initiative; climate negotiations and regional cooperation; extreme weather and disaster preparedness; wildlife conservation.
  • To coordinate with senior editors at RFA and BenarNews on coverage plans to ensure effective collaboration across coverage areas of the respective news organizations. As a rule, feature stories will be edited in Washington with input from Multimedia and Creative teams. Spot news will be edited where possible by a designated editor in Asia. The correspondent will report to RFA’s Chief Asia Editor and English News director.
  • Participate in projects handled by the RFA Investigative and Special Projects Team.
  • Share news tips and information with RFA and BenarNews language services on stories of interest to their audiences. Seek opportunities to collaborate on such stories with language services.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field from an accredited college or university. 
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant experience in journalism in a professional newsroom environment.
  • Experience reporting on various environmental issues in the Indo-Pacific, including climate change, conservation, pollution, and sustainability.
  • Top-notch ability to gather, produce, write, and present English-language news and information clearly and objectively.
  • Ability to translate complex scientific concepts into accessible and engaging content.
  • Strong research skills, including the ability to analyze scientific reports and policy documents.
  • Strong familiarity working with various types of multimedia formats.
  • Videography and photography skills are highly preferred; experience of working with Adobe Premiere Pro a plus.
  • A genuine interest and passion for environmental topics. 
  • Commitment to raising awareness and promoting informed environmental decision-making.
  • Ability to work in an international workplace; excellent cross-cultural communication skills.

To apply, please submit cover letter, résumé along with professional work samples referencing “Asia Environmental Correspondent" via email to rfajobs@rfa.org

Date Posted: 3/25/2024

RFA is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in hiring or any other aspect of employment on the basis of age, color, credit information, disability, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, homeless status, marital status, matriculation, national origin, personal appearance, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violation, a sexual offense, or stalking, or any other legally protected characteristic.

RFA encourages all qualified individuals to apply. If hired for a U.S.-based position, the candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.