TWOC is expanding its team!
English-fluent Chinese Editor and Writer
Freelance writers, editors, and translators
All positions are based in our Beijing office unless otherwise noted.
The World of Chinese prides itself in digging up stories that have slipped out of the mainstream news cycle, delivering articles of the highest quality that readers around the world can use as a source of reference on China. To do this, we are looking for a full-time researcher to aid our busy editors. Each week you will be asked to assist editors and writers with their research, returning raw factual materials that will shape an article. This could be the latest statistics on migrant workers from Jiangxi, a suitable scholar to interview about ethics in celebrity culture, or what products are seeing a surge in sales on Taobao this week. You may also be asked to assist editors in fact-checking stories and, on occasion, conduct interviews with Chinese sources or interpret for an English editor during an interview.
- Native Chinese speaker with excellent English-language skills
- University graduate (Master’s level preferred)
- Familiar with prominent and obscure Chinese-language research resources, both academic and grassroots, niche and mainstream, including social media platforms
- Comfortable reaching out to relevant people (experts, professionals, celebrities, and regular people) for comments or an interview by phone, email, or other channels
- Capable of fact-checking stories, identifying details in an article that require extra attention and following information back to its source
- Good with numbers: capable of simple arithmetic to calculate percentages and percentage increase, and not get confused between the two; and able to spot when a number may be off
- Capable of conducting interviews in Chinese on behalf of editors and writers when necessary
- Demonstrable research experience with a recognized publication (preferably a news organization in China)
- Previous experience with Chinese-to-English translation and interpretation
- A background in journalism, Chinese history, social sciences, and/or translation will be preferred; alternatively, candidates with background in other research-intensive or analytical fields (marketing, statistics, etc.) will be considered if they demonstrate interest in and previous experience researching Chinese culture, history, and current affairs
Who you are
- Curious and sharp-eyed, with a knack for digging up the most elusive of facts, quotes, and statistics to aid our writers in their work
- Detail-oriented and persistent, with a passion for accuracy and not ashamed to insist on double or triple-checking facts
- Hard-nosed and practical, with excellent time management and the ability to juggle numerous different research projects. The ability to prioritize will also be key
- A discerning analyst, able to spot accurate and useful information within China’s complex media landscape, and identify patterns or trends that could lead to our next story
- A passionate explorer, interested in all that’s going on in Chinese society and culture, who can get behind our editorial team and their thirst to deliver stories that suit our readers’ varied tastes
What we offer
The is a full-time, salaried position based at our office in central Beijing. You will have the chance to work in a bilingual office with an international team of writers, editors, and designers; collect bylines and see your name in an award-winning English language publication; and be a part of our mission to tell high-quality, compelling, and research-driven stories about China to the world.
Please send your CV and cover letter to email@example.com
The World of Chinese (TWOC) magazine focuses on sharing compelling and well-researched stories about culture, society, history, language, and people living in China. We want to bring these stories to life through videos and podcasts. To do this, we are looking for a talented multimedia specialist to support our print magazine and web design team to develop series of videos and podcasts for publication and broadcast. The ideal candidate can both manage partnered podcasters and videographers as well as create content independently.
Video and audio editing
- Work with editorial, marketing, and design teams to develop ideas for video and audio content; write scripts and find shooting locations and subjects; and see to the completion of video content from recording of raw footage to polished product
- Shoot and edit video and audio footage with seamless transitions, bringing sight and sound together to tell a cohesive story
- Input music, subtitles, graphics, and effects, creating rough and final cuts
- Discover and implement new editing technologies and industry’s best practices
- Understand TWOC’s brand and translate it into various graphical design elements for use in advertisement and social media campaigns
- Work with marketing, editorial, and design team to conceptualize visuals and build upon TWOC’s visual brand
- Previous work experience and strong portfolio in video and audio editing and design
- Comfort and familiarity with software for video, audio, and graphic design (e.g. Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Avid, Lightworks)
- Familiarity with motion graphics and animation preferred
- Strong sense of editorial storytelling and journalistic standards
- Ability to work across editorial, design and marketing teams; manage contributors and collaborators; and deliver products on a regular schedule
- Self-motivated, with creative mind and strong storytelling skills
- Proficient in English and Chinese
What it means to work with TWOC
If you join our team, you’re connecting with a bunch of young, vibrant, and talented people, driven by a thirst for knowledge and their desire to inspire. You’ll be taking full ownership of your projects, but we’re a team, so you can always ask for a helping hand if you’re stuck, we won’t judge – navigating China’s info-scape is no succulent plate of 串. We’ve got short deadlines and a tight schedule, but there’s our package offers a fair amount of flexibility, and there’s always time to laugh, gossip, and have lunch together in our meme-bedecked offices. In a country as big as China, there’s always new places to explore, novel dishes to sample, fresh people to profile, another trend to tap. So go find them!
Please send your CV, Cover letter, and portfolios to firstname.lastname@example.org
English-fluent Chinese Editor and Writer
The ideal candidate will have a strong interest and knowledge of Chinese news, society, and culture, and should be familiar with a range of China-related topics, from travel to history. Candidates must have strong research abilities, good interview skills, and excellent storytelling abilities, along with the willingness to seek out and pitch ideas.
- Pitching and writing stories for the bi-monthly print publication, as well as the website
- Traveling and field reporting
- Producing original content on a regular basis
- Taking collective responsibility for the quality of the magazine as a whole
- Assisting with editing of all TWOC stories for grammar, consistency, and accuracy
- Working with management to perfect your writing and reporting style
- Sticking to a strict publications schedule and dealing with editorial concerns as they arise
- Native Chinese speaker with a high degree of English-language proficiency
- An understanding of modern reporting and feature-writing conventions
- Ability to meet regular deadlines for quality, long-form stories
- Ability to think creatively and work collaboratively with others
- Competency with current affairs and cultural tropes, and familiarity with both Chinese and overseas media
- A good eye for editing in terms of style, structure, design, and Chinese language
- Experience with social media is required and an established social media presence (Weibo, Twitter, etc.) would helpful
- Photography skills and previous journalism experience are helpful
What we offer
The is a full-time position based at our office in central Beijing, with a competitive salary and medical benefits. You will have the chance to work in a bilingual office with an international team of writers, editors, and designers; collect bylines and see your name in an award-winning English language publication; and be a part of our mission to tell high-quality, compelling, and research-driven stories about China to the world.
Please send your CV, cover letter, three pitches for feature stories suited to TWOC magazine, and any English writing samples to email@example.com
Freelance Writers, Editors, and Translators
Are you a writer, editor, or Chinese-to-English translator? Do you have insightful stories to tell about China? The World of Chinese is looking for bright, knowledgeable freelancers, with relevant experience and qualifications, to contribute to our bi-monthly print magazine and website. We cover a wide variety of subjects, ranging from food to film, law, literature, technology, and travel, with regular columns and feature-length articles.
The ideal freelance candidates should be experienced in their field, have lived, worked, or traveled in China, and/or the Chinese diaspora; capable of working in English at a native level; and have a deep understanding of their subject and a lively, engaging style. Translators should have experience translating fiction, journalism, and narrative non-fiction. In return, we offer a competitive word rate and the opportunity to be published in one of the oldest and best-known English-language magazines in China. Freelancers may work remotely, though we encourage candidates already based in China to apply.
To apply, please send a CV and a brief cover letter, stating why you’d like to work for The World of Chinese, along with at least two previous samples of work (ideally published), and (for writing candidates) three story pitches of 50 to 150 words to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Freelancer.”
The World of Chinese is seeking interns!
Want byline exposure online? Looking to gain experience and contacts from a magazine with over 10 years of media experience? Interested in Chinese culture and social issues?
We are seeking editorial interns for our website coverage. Applicants should be interested in current affairs, culture and media and, most importantly, have keen news sense and the ability to use creative ways to tell interesting stories.
English writing skills are a must. Chinese language skills are a big asset, but if you can demonstrate a keen interest in national affairs, you may be what we’re looking for. Interns who show a high degree of self-motivation or previous experience may work remotely, though we would prefer those who can work from our office in Chaoyang district, Beijing.
If this sounds like an experience you’re interested in, please send your CV, a brief covering letter outlining your interest in China and the internship, and three story pitches of 50 to 150 words to email@example.com. Samples of previous writing are not essential, but helpful.