Journalist, Lao Service

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. Radio Free Asia is seeking a talented, dynamic and versatile journalist to prepare, produce, present and place reports and programs on multiple media platforms for its Lao Service. This position will be based in RFA’s Washington, DC, offices.

Responsibilities Include 

  • Covering news and/or features, as assigned, with some depth and analysis.
  • Using and cultivating a range of reliable sources, and interviewing subjects who are relevant to the story.
  • Eliciting newsworthy comments and information from interviewees and determining relevant portions of the interview to select for broadcast or webcast.
  • Writing and producing video and radio stories accurately and under deadline; adapting materials from English into the Lao language.
  • Using digital equipment to deliver clean, clear, and creative productions across media platforms.
  • Delivering news stories and features professionally on radio and webcast/TV and in Lao language.
  • Researching information online and from other relevant news sources, and incorporating multimedia, as appropriate, into reports and/or features.
  • Hosting am live shows, call in shows and producing pm shows when assigned.
  • Conducting video reporting from the field, as needed.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.



  • Demonstrated extensive experience in broadcast journalism (at least two years full- time experience in a media company preferred).
  • Academic credentials (Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field from an accredited college or university preferred) or equivalent transferable skills showing the ability to produce, write, and present broadcast news clearly and objectively.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current political, economic and social conditions in Laos and surrounding countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise judgment and discretion in evaluating and presenting broadcast news.
  • Strong video production skills along with knowledge and ability to utilize online and social media in creative and innovative ways and to adapt to new technologies as they evolve.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office suite
  • Required language skills: Spoken and written fluency in Lao and working proficiency in English.


RFA is an equal-opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity. RFA encourages all qualified individuals to apply. If hired, the candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the US as an employee of RFA. RFA reserves the right to reconsider or withdraw any offer of employment to any candidate whose authorization to work in the US as an employee of RFA, or extension of such authorization, would require RFA to file or support a petition or related documentation.


How to Apply: Send résumé with cover letter making reference to “Journalist, Lao Service” via e-mail to

Salary Range: GS 8/9 Equivalent

Posting Date: 10/7/2022