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.


【Video Journalist】

Sixth Tone is recruiting a video journalist! As a part of our visuals team, you will have the opportunity to make original videos on human-centric topics ranging from two to eight minutes in length. You will also react to ongoing news events and collaborate with reporters and editors across the Sixth Tone newsroom.
The ideal candidate should have excellent editorial judgment, a wide range of interests, the ability to work on tight deadlines, and a strong degree of comfort with both self-directed and team-based working environments. Successful candidates should demonstrate exceptional story development and scriptwriting skills, as well as a passion for both shooting and editing stories beneath the surface of Chinese society.
Please note, this is not a position involving the production of long-term documentaries.
This position will report to our Senior Producer and will be based in Shanghai.

Responsibilities:
• Pitching, researching, sourcing, producing, filming, scripting, and editing original video stories.
• Working closely with our Senior Producer on developing and planning high-impact stories, including both explainers and short documentaries.
• Responding swiftly to breaking news and meeting tight deadlines.
• Cooperating with colleagues and other teams on projects as needed.

Requirements:
• Strong shooting skills, with experience using SONY A7 series cameras and other camera setups.
• Proficiency in Adobe Premiere, with experience using After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
• A nose for news, as well as knowledge of current trends.
• The ability to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities.
• Strong communication skills.
• Fluency in English.
• Degrees in Journalism, Media, Communications, or related fields preferred.

To apply, please send your CV, a brief cover letter, two samples of your prior work/projects, as well as 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.

【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.