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 to 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 per se, 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.


Job Opening: Commentary Editor

We are hiring a commentary editor for "Broad Tones".

You will be connecting to a wide range of people with unique perspectives to share, from experts to commentators, and also to those whose voices are rarely heard.

Based in Shanghai, the commentary editor will pitch, plan, and edit contributions from the authors. Both editing and interview skills are required.

The ideal candidate should have a unique understanding about Chinese society, be willing to introduce selected topics to foreign readers. You should be able to establish connections in wide-ranging academic areas. Backgrounds in natural science are especially welcomed.

You will be working bilingually with domestic and foreign colleagues, thus we would expect you to be able to communicate in both Mandarin and English, and to improve it along the way.

We offer a competitive salary package.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, salary expectation, and availability date to careers@sixthtone.com— (CC to yangxiaozhou@sixthtone.com).


Policy and Law Features Writer

The policy and law features writer will pitch, plan, report, and write features that bring Chinese law and policy to life. The ideal candidate will focus on telling fresh, character-driven stories, which weave together in-depth investigative research, incisive analysis from both experts and grassroots commentators, and a vivid sense of human impact.

The writer will be comfortable working both collaboratively with other colleagues and autonomously to craft well-written and captivating pieces of journalism to tight deadlines. Along with feature writing, they will be expected to write shorter news pieces that fall within their areas of expertise.

Candidates should have at least two years’ experience in journalism, policy, or related industries, including substantive writing experience and a demonstrable understanding of the Chinese legal and political landscape. They must have a strong command of written English, and written and spoken Chinese.

We offer a competitive salary package.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and availability to careers@sixthtone.com — with copy to qianjinghua@sixthtone.com — by April 30, 2017.


Summer Writing Intern

Sixth Tone is seeking aspiring journalists to join its 3-month summer internship program beginning in June, 2017.

Over the course of the placement, the interns will report and produce articles with their own by-line, seeking out stories that cut to the core of social issues in today’s China. They will be expected to work both under their own initiative and in close collaboration with other members of the editorial team, managing their time effectively to meet deadlines.

Candidates should have a background in journalism, and a portfolio of published writing; they will ideally have some experience working in a newsroom environment. Knowledge of current affairs in China and proficiency in Chinese are highly desirable. There are no requirements regarding the nationality of candidates, but they must possess excellent written English skills.

Please send a resume, a brief cover letter, and a selection of any published work to careers@sixthtone.com — with copy to owen.churchill@sixthtone.com — by May 8, 2017.


Data Journalism Intern

Sixth Tone is seeking a full-time intern to join its data journalism team.

The position requires data literacy, strong problem-solving abilities, and excellent learning skills. Previous experience collecting, cleansing, and presenting data is a must, with a strong preference for candidates who have a working knowledge of web crawling.

Knowledge of Python, D3, or other program languages is preferred, and experience in data-driven journalism is highly desirable. Candidates should have excellent English communication skills and proficiency in reading Chinese.

Starting immediately, for a term of three months.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, a sample of your data-related work (e.g. data visualization, web crawler), and an indication of your availability to careers@sixthtone.com with copy to liuchang@sixthtone.com.


Job Opening: Researcher

English-language China news site Sixth Tone is looking for a researcher to join its news team. The role involves keeping on top of the news, supporting writers and editors, and helping create stories on a wide range of topics for a variety of platforms

The ideal candidate enjoys keeping up with the news, has native-level Chinese skills, as well as strong English skills. Journalistic or related experience is not required, but candidates with such experience will be given special consideration.

Candidates already based in China are encouraged to apply.

The researcher will work in an ambitious team of writers, editors, and visual journalists, and will fill a crucial role in Sixth Tone’s news reporting.

We offer a competitive salary package.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and availability to careers@sixthtone.com — copying in kevin.schoenmakers@sixthtone.com — by Friday, April 28, 2017.


Job Opening: Associate Editor

English-language China news site Sixth Tone is looking for an Associate Editor to join its news team.

Based in Shanghai, the editor will be writing and editing news stories to tight deadlines on a wide range of topics, as well as supporting visual and social media staff with their translation and editing needs.

The ideal candidate enjoys keeping up with the news, will have some writing and/or journalist experience, native-level English writing skills, as well as a strong command of written and spoken Chinese.

Candidates already based in China are encouraged to apply.

The Associate Editor will work with an ambitious team of writers, editors, and visual journalists, and have the opportunity to shape Sixth Tone’s reporting in a variety of ways.

We offer a competitive salary package.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and availability to careers@sixthtone.com — copying in kevin.schoenmakers@sixthtone.com — by April 28, 2017.