Editor, Cantonese Service (Taipei-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. RFA Cantonese Service is currently seeking a dynamic and motivated editing professional to join its team and help it fulfill its mission. This is a position based in our Taipei office, 

 

Responsibilities Include: 

  • Making assignments and guiding RFA reporters in Taiwan in developing news and feature reports. 
  • Working with the RFA Cantonese team in Taipei , United Kingdom and in the United States to discuss story ideas and edit them.
  • Editing stories published on RFA Cantonese webpage and social media platforms; Rewriting or editing articles to improve readability and ensure they align with the organization's editorial voice and style guide.
  • Crafting engaging headlines, subheadings, and captions that accurately reflect the content and attract readers' attention.
  • Fact-checking information and verify sources to maintain the credibility of the news content.
  • Researching and writing original feature stories, articles, and components of special reports. 
  • Covering news events and other noteworthy events as assigned; pitches stories when time permits.
  • Keeping abreast of local and international news developments, particularly those relevant to Hong Kong.
  • Ensuring that all published content adheres to journalistic ethics and standards of accuracy, fairness, and impartiality.
  • Attending news conferences, events, and meetings to gather information and network with sources.
  • Handling sensitive or controversial topics with discretion and sensitivity, considering potential legal risks and ethical implications.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned. 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum 5 years of professional journalism editing experience in reputable news organizations, preferably specializing in Hong Kong and China news;digital journalism experience is strongly preferred 
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field, an advanced degree is a plus.
  • Required language skills: Native fluency in Cantonese is a must, with good proficiency in Mandarin and English 
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to reliably produce typo-free work
  • Professional ability to work well with remote colleagues and across multicultural teams
  • High degree of fluency with popular social networks/platforms,
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current political, economic, and social conditions in Hong Kong and surrounding countries, as well as its culture and people.  
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound news judgment and discretion in evaluating news stories 
  • Must be able to work under pressure
  • Must be able to commit to working in RFA's Taipei office. 

How to Apply: Send your resume, cover letter, and work samples (making reference to “Editor, Cantonese Service, Taipei-Based” in the subject line) to rfajobs@rfa.org

Date Posted: 3/21/2024

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.