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 publication standards.

Responsibilities:
1. Edit text to ensure that it is well-written with clear logic.
2. Ensure text is in line with Sixth Tone’s house style.
3. Fact-check and make sure references are quoted and attributed correctly.
4. Be on the lookout for potential legal or ethical issues.

Requirements:
1. Native English speaker, with strong Chinese-language proficiency preferred.
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 expectations and earliest availability, to careers@sixthtone.com.

【Editorial Director】

Sixth Tone is seeking a passionate and experienced Editorial Director to manage the daily operations of our editorial department. They will supervise editors and reporters, assign stories, and write and edit copy, while keeping Sixth Tone’s coverage timely, comprehensive, and competitive.

Responsibilities:
1. Approving stories and guiding their execution, as well as overseeing the overall quality of published stories.
2. Editorial oversight, managing both reporters and section editors.
3. Strategic planning for Sixth Tone’s overall direction.
4. Proposing and leading innovative projects.
5. Assist in developing Sixth Tone’s marketing and audience engagement strategies.

Requirements:
1. A veteran journalist in major English-language media.
2. Experience leading a team in a media context is essential; previous experience as an editorial or news director is preferred.
3. Familiarity with and critical understanding of Chinese current affairs and social issues.
4. Proficiency in Mandarin is a plus.

To apply, send a CV, brief cover letter, and two samples of your prior work/projects to careers@sixthtone.com. Please also note your salary expectation and earliest availability.

【Video Journalist】

Sixth Tone is recruiting a video journalist to join our Visuals Team. This role entails actively pitching stories as well as working with other journalists on large projects. The ideal candidate is proactive with strong time-management skills.

Responsibilities:
1. Produce short- and long-form video stories.
2. Write accompanying scripts in English.
3. Respond quickly to breaking news.
4. Collaborate effectively with other teams for large projects.

Requirements:
1. Strong videography skills.
2. At least two years’ experience in video production.
3. Proficiency in video editing with Adobe Premiere and/or Final Cut.
4. Strong communication skills and above-average English language proficiency, particularly writing.

To apply, send your CV, a brief cover letter, and two samples of your prior work/projects to careers@sixthtone.com. Please also note your salary expectation and earliest availability.

【News Reporter】

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

Responsibilities:
1. Attend morning news meetings, and pitch news stories on a daily basis.
2. Build contacts and identify ST-style topics and trends to uncover pressing issues that affect Chinese society.
3. Interview people in a range of different circumstances, and do on-the-spot reporting when needed.
4. Write various forms of news stories in a time-efficient manner.
5. Cooperate with colleagues and other teams in projects as needed.

Requirements:
1. Native or native-level Chinese and strong English writing ability.
2. Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field, with 1 to 3 years of relevant working experience.
3. Demonstrable passion for keeping up-to-date with the daily news cycle.
4, Good knowledge about Chinese economic and political developments.
5. Positive attitude, and ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure.
6. 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

【Editor】

Sixth Tone is looking for a seasoned, passionate editor.

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. Help develop new editorial projects when needed, and coordinate with members from other teams to optimize stories for audiences.
5. Support features, visuals, and social media teams with their editing needs on an ad hoc basis.

Requirements:
1. Native or native-level English speaker with a keen understanding of Chinese society and culture.
2. Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, or a related field.
3. Three to five years of relevant full-time 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.
6. Good Chinese language skills are desirable.

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