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.


【Copy Editor】

Sixth Tone is looking for a talented and dedicated copy editor to work closely with all of our teams and maintain our high standards for published content.

Responsibilities:
1. Check text to ensure that it is well-written and logically structured.
2. Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
3. Ensure that text is in line with Sixth Tone’s house style (based on AP style).
4. Check that references are quoted correctly and photos have the right captions.
5. Check facts and resolve any questions with writers and editors.
6. Be on the lookout for potential legal problems.

Requirements:
1. Native English speaker with strong knowledge of Chinese language and culture.
2. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or a related field.
3. At least 2 years of relevant work experience, ideally with China-focused media.
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 david.paulk@sixthtone.com.

【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.

【Freelance translator, Chinese to English】

Responsibilities:
Translate drafts of commentaries and features from Mandarin Chinese into English.

Requirements:
1. Native English speaker with at least one year of formal translation experience.
2. Strong written English and proficient written Chinese.
3. A broad knowledge of Chinese society and culture.
4. A meticulous attitude toward translation accuracy and strong attention to detail, as well as a willingness to undertake a certain amount of research where necessary to clarify relevant terms and concepts.
5. Ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure.

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter, including your earliest availability and expected pay rate (yuan per published word), to careers@sixthtone.com, copying in yangxz@sixthtone.com.