Join Us

Are you interested in becoming a member of an international team of passionate journalists covering a wide range of topics in Chinese society and social media, business and economics, politics and government, culture and history, technology and innovation?

Do you share our philosophy that reporting on China from a human-centric standpoint has the potential to be eye-opening and impactful? Does the prospect of conducting face-to-face interviews with people from all walks of life excite you? Do you thrive in diverse, collaborative environments that encourage you to think beyond your own life experiences? Do you have outstanding written English and strong overall Chinese skills?

If so, we encourage you to take a good look around our website, paying particular attention to the different kinds of articles we publish, and familiarize yourself with our content and style. If you’re inspired by what you see, drop us a line at careers@sixthtone.com and tell us why you’re interested in working for us. Please also include a CV giving your educational background and work experience, and we’ll let you know if we have suitable openings.

To be clear, we don’t have many set-in-stone requirements, and you don’t have to be a native speaker of either English or Chinese, provided you have excellent writing skills. We hire outstanding candidates from all backgrounds and do not discriminate based on sex, age, race, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or tea preference.

All positions are based in Shanghai and full-time unless otherwise noted. We offer competitive salary packages.


【News Editor】

Sixth Tone is looking for a seasoned, passionate editor to join our news desk. The successful applicant will join our multilingual team of reporters to shape our vital short-form section, which includes Rising Tones and Half Tones.

Responsibilities:
1. Attend morning news meetings and help decide which stories to pursue.
2. Shepherd other staff through the research and writing process when necessary.
3. Edit news stories to a ready-to-publish state in a time-efficient manner.
4. Keep a close eye on the China news cycle at all times.
5. Support features, visual, and social media staff with their editing needs on an ad hoc basis.

Requirements:
1. Native English speaker with a keen understanding of Chinese society and culture.
2. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or a related field.
3. At least two years of relevant work experience, ideally with China-based media.
4. Strong attention to detail and a meticulous approach toward work in general.
5. Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
6. Chinese language skills are desirable but not essential.

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter, including salary expectation and earliest availability, to careers@sixthtone.com, copying in david.paulk@sixthtone.com.

【Commentary Editor】

Sixth Tone is hiring an editor for its Broad Tones section. The successful applicant will be connecting with a wide range of people with unique perspectives to share, including experts, commentators, and those whose voices are rarely heard.

Responsibilities:
1. Source, plan, and edit articles from contributing writers.
2. Join a small team of editors that operates flexibly and autonomously.
3. Collaborate with our visual and social teams to ensure that our stories reach the widest audience possible.

Requirements:
1. Native Chinese speakers with a wide range of expert contacts are preferred, as is a background in economics or the natural sciences.
2. At least an intermediate English reading level is required.
3. The ideal candidate should have a comprehensive understanding of Chinese society and be able to explain selected topics to foreign readers.
4. Strong attention to detail and a meticulous approach toward work in general.
5. Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter, including salary expectation and earliest availability, to careers@sixthtone.com, copying in yangxz@sixthtone.com.

【Reporter, News Team】

Sixth Tone is looking for a talented, enthusiastic reporter to join its News Team.

Responsibilities:
1. Pitch news stories on a daily basis.
2. Attend morning news meetings.
3. Collaborate with colleagues to decide which topics to pursue.
4. Write several short-form stories per week.
5. Support colleagues and other teams as needed.

Requirements:
1. Native or native-level Chinese and strong English writing ability.
2. Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field.
3. Journalism experience, especially in China, is preferred but not required.
4. Demonstrable passion for keeping up-to-date with the daily news cycle.
5. Positive attitude.
6. Ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure.
7. Willingness to approach people and make phone calls without hesitation.

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter, including salary expectation and earliest availability, to careers@sixthtone.com, copying in david.paulk@sixthtone.com.