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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 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.

【Job Opening: Features Editor】

Sixth Tone is looking for a seasoned, passionate features editor to join its Deep Tones team. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing and editing skills, experience of editing features at a media organization, and an ability to work collaboratively and creatively to tight deadlines.

1. Lead a team of writers and edit raw copy into high-quality feature articles.
2. Take part in regular features meetings, helping colleagues decide which ideas to pursue and how to execute them.
3. Liaise with other feature editors and offer suggestions on how articles can be improved prior to publication.
4. Ensure that articles are completed according to the demands of our publishing schedule.
5. Support news, visual, and social media staff with editing needs on an ad hoc basis.

1. Native-level English speaker with a keen understanding of Chinese society and culture.
2. At least two years of editing experience, ideally in journalism. Journalism experience in China is desirable but not essential.
3. Strong attention to detail, an ability to think creatively, and a meticulous approach toward work in general.
4. Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
5. Chinese language skills are desirable but not essential.

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter, including salary expectations and earliest availability, to

【Job Opening: Reporter】

Sixth Tone is looking for a health and education reporter to join its features team. The role involves working with a small group of reporters and editors to pitch and report original short- and long-form stories that convey the human angles behind China’s changing health and education sectors.

The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic team player who takes initiative and has plenty of creative and unique ideas. Native-level Chinese skills and strong written English are required. Candidates with a journalism qualification and/or knowledge of health and education are preferred, as are candidates already based in China.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter, resume, salary expectations, examples of previous work, and earliest availability to

【Job Opening: Social Media Editor】

Sixth Tone is looking for a social media editor with experience in journalism and social media strategy.
You will be responsible for building our presence across a variety of social media platforms, engaging our readers, maximizing social reach, and working with other stakeholders to develop social media strategies.

1.Manage Sixth Tone’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WeChat, YouTube and help grow their audiences.
2.Work with our editorial and visual teams to develop engaging and creative multi-media social content.
3.Pitch stories and campaign ideas for social media platforms
4.Engage with readers by responding to their comments and messages.
5.Build relationships with influencers and organizations across the social platforms.
6.Stay on top of social media trends and algorithm changes.

1.Passion for social media, with at least two years of experience in running Facebook or Twitter accounts.
2.Aware of how to customize posts for each platform.
3.A creative writer with a strong visual sensibility.
4.Deep understanding of mainstream and emerging social channels, their users, their advantages and their limitations.
5.Native or native-level English speaker with strong Chinese skills and a keen understanding of Chinese society and culture.
6.Experience using analytics and social media scheduling platforms.
7.Photo and video editing skills.

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter, including salary expectations and earliest availability, to

【Internship Program】

Sixth Tone is an English-language news outlet based in Shanghai, China. Through fresh takes on trending topics, in-depth features, and illuminating commentaries, Sixth Tone covers issues from the perspectives of those who are most intimately embedded in them to highlight the nuances and complexities of today’s China.

The Sixth Tone Internship Program provides a unique learning opportunity for students interested in careers in the media industry and China-related studies. Sixth Tone is seeking multifaceted, passionate, creative, and hardworking interns to play active roles across our various teams.

During the internship period of at least two months, students will have the chance to build on their knowledge of journalism, production, design, editing, and more. Interns will also help with a range of projects that broaden their career perspectives, will gain contacts and exposure within the journalism community, and attend workshops and networking events. Ultimately, Sixth Tone interns will work closely with our staff and gain firsthand experience from being a part of an award-winning China-focused media company. Past Sixth Tone interns will also be given preferential consideration when we have job openings.

Details for all 2019 internships:
• Location: Shanghai
• Temporary
• Offered year-round
• No salary

To be considered for an internship at Sixth Tone, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
- Non-Chinese students must have a student visa valid within China.
- Must be available for a minimum of two months.
- Must be able to work bilingually in English and Mandarin.
- Studying a subject relevant to China or media/communications is preferred.
- Must be self-motivated and willing to help find contacts and sources.
- Must have strong research skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines.
- Video-editing skills are a plus, especially for our visual and social media teams.

Intern positions:
Each intern will be placed within one of five teams — news, features, commentary, visuals, or social media — or will directly assist Sixth Tone’s editorial management.

- News & Features teams:
- Commentary Team:
Researcher/commissioning editor
- Visuals Team
Multimedia reporter/editor
- Social Media Team
Social media assistant
- Editorial management

How to apply:
Send your CV and a brief cover letter — including earliest availability, preferred team placement, and visa type (for non-Chinese students) — to