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.

Requirements

  • 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

Preferred

  • 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.

To apply: 

Please send your CV and cover letter to jobs@theworldofchinese.com

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