Vacancy: Staff Editor and Correspondent – Asia
Start date: ASAP
Location: Remote and ideally within the region, with daily availability during some standard CET business hours
Deadline for application: Rolling
The New Humanitarian seeks a Staff Editor and Correspondent to cover Asia and the Pacific, supporting our global coverage by commissioning, reporting, and editing multiplatform news, features, analysis, and opinion pieces from the heart of crises. We cover aid effectiveness and policy; displacement and migration; the impacts of climate change; food security; health; gender; and conflicts and militancy.
You’ll work for one of the few independent non-profit media outlets with on-the-ground coverage of some of the most urgent international situations, and the only one dedicated to covering humanitarian crises and holding the aid sector to account. Our reporting tackles many of the key issues of our time, from migration to climate change, from the war in Syria to COVID-19, from a multi-billion-dollar aid industry in the midst of soul-searching to emerging forms of solidarity. We are committed to amplifying diverse voices and to upending traditional Western narratives and journalistic tropes. In line with this we feel strongly that the right person for this role is someone who comes from and lives local to the region.
Our journalists report from the front lines of conflicts and disasters in some 70 hotspots around the world to drive more effective prevention of and response to crises, putting independent journalism at the service of the millions of people affected by humanitarian crises. Our on-the-ground reporting amplifies the voices of those at the heart of crises to better inform policymakers and practitioners, and to act as a watchdog holding the humanitarian aid sector accountable.
You will join a small newsroom with editors and contributors based around the globe, and an organisation with many assets: a compelling mission; a strong reputation – built over more than 25 years – for journalistic integrity and credibility; a team deeply committed to its work; a fast-growing audience; and the ability to work at the nexus of some of the world’s most interesting challenges.
We seek an editor who also reports, or a reporter who also edits, to build on our coverage from Asia and the Pacific, drawing on your deep interest in the region and new ideas for bringing fresh voices and perspectives to our work. This is a hybrid reporting and editing role, where you will be responsible for commissioning and editing work from freelancers as well as doing your own desk-written pieces and some field reporting. You will be responsible for keeping on top of news events and trends across the region; assigning unique, humanitarian-focused coverage; and bringing in content from concept to publication. It’s great if you’ve covered humanitarian issues or worked in a humanitarian context, but not essential.
Whilst the particular focus is on Asia, cross-regional and cross-topical coverage is encouraged, with collaborations across the newsroom and with other organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to follow your passion for a particular issue or reporting angle – from solutions-driven journalism to highlighting economic inequities – while delivering agenda-setting, creative coverage from across the region.
Who we’re looking for
You will come to us with deep experience producing impactful, multiplatform journalism using both cutting-edge tools and traditional tried-and-true reporting and editing skills. You are excited about producing journalism that is rooted in the communities we cover, bringing diverse perspectives and narratives that call out long-accepted inequities to global and regional audiences.
You’ll preferably have experience in an international or regional newsroom, where you will have honed your news judgment and ethical reporting and editing skills. You’re as excited about working with freelancers to deliver impactful coverage as you are about reporting and writing your own work. Like everyone on The New Humanitarian team, you’ll be flexible and open to meeting the evolving demands of this role and eager to learn new skills quickly.
As part of our ongoing efforts to decolonise our journalism, we are actively seeking applications from candidates who represent the diverse communities our journalism serves, and feel this role will be best filled by someone originating from and living in the Asia region. We especially feel this role would benefit from someone who can bring language diversity to the team (particularly languages that are spoken in the locations on which you would report), and/or someone deeply rooted in or connected to the Asia region, through family ties.
Experience & Background:
- Demonstrable experience in a news environment, preferably as an editor or correspondent in a global or regional Asia newsroom or a niche news site
- Good English-language verbal and written skills
- A track record of filing copy that is grammatically and factually correct and follows newsroom formats
- Impeccable news judgment and a commitment to fact-based journalism that represents diverse views from diverse contributors
- Ability to report, structure, and write succinct, balanced, contextualised news and feature stories
- Experience with or interest in experimenting with varied storytelling formats, from personal essays to visual and narrative features
- A network of diverse, locally based contributors across Asia or the willingness to build one
- Ability to analyse, interpret, and synthesise data and facts
- Ability to spot the humanitarian angle in news events and an interest in reporting on communities in the midst of crises
- Ability to file video, visual, and audio content
- Ability to conceive of coverage that goes beyond text to include multimedia and varied platforms
- Comfortable working independently as well as collaborating with in-house colleagues in a remote, decentralised team
- Comfortable taking on new tasks as needed in a fast-changing news environment and a growing media organisation
- High level of organisation; ability to multi-task and prioritise amid competing demands
- Lived experience or other deep experience in the coverage region
- Experience reporting on or working in humanitarian or conflict environments
- Experience with data reporting
- Experience with multimedia production
- Experience in reporting on humanitarian crises and a knowledge of how the emergency aid sector operates
- Proficiency in a language other than English, especially regional languages or French, Arabic or Spanish
- Experience managing freelancers
- Experience managing coverage in high-risk environments
- Experience with community-driven and crowd-sourced coverage and storytelling formats
We have described the qualities we are seeking in this position, but we recognise that there will be strong candidates who do not meet all the requirements listed here but have other important qualities. Thus, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.
- Set coverage priorities for Asia and the Pacific
- Monitor developments and emerging trends in humanitarian crises throughout Asia and the Pacific
- Pitch, report, and write articles, briefs, Q&As, newsletter items, updates and other editorial content as agreed with the executive and/or managing editors, working both from the field and the desk
- Commission and edit to publication coverage from contributors, including story and line-editing, fact-checking, and quality control to ensure that content adheres to TNH’s editorial focus, standards, and mission
- Ensure that, as possible, coverage is centred on diverse, on-the-ground voices, seeks to challenge conventional narratives, and taps visual and narrative storytelling techniques
- Promote coverage via social media channels, both by working with the product and engagement editor and via personal channels
- Manage and expand the network of regional and topical contributors, with a focus on working closely with and adding contributors who bring diverse perspectives and lived experience in areas of TNH coverage
- Participate in outreach activities that may include but are not limited to podcasts, webinars, panel appearances, and editor’s letters
- Travel occasionally for reporting, conferences and events, TNH internal meetings, and meetings with contributors and other stakeholders
How to apply
Send your CV; a cover letter; two pitches (each 400 words or less) for stories you’d like to see in The New Humanitarian; and a few samples of your recent work to [email protected] with the subject line “Staff Editor and Correspondent - Asia.” Please explain how you contributed to the work samples if it is not clear. In the cover letter (600 words or less, please), explain what you would bring to this role, what you would be excited to cover, and how you plan to do it.
Please note: Due to the high number of applications, applicants who are not selected for interviews will not necessarily be notified.
About The New Humanitarian
We were founded in 1995 by the United Nations as “IRIN News”, as a result of the humanitarian information gap exposed by the Rwandan genocide, After 19 years as part of the United Nations, we spun off in 2015 to become an independent non-profit media organisation, now headquartered in Switzerland.
Since our spin-off, we have constituted a legal entity with an independent board of directors; raised millions of dollars in funding; rebranded from IRIN to The New Humanitarian; sharpened our editorial voice under the leadership of an Executive Editor from The New York Times; launched an investigations unit and a podcast; and begun a membership programme, which has already attracted hundreds of paying readers.
While the COVID-19 pandemic posed an existential threat to many newsrooms, The New Humanitarian is emerging from it stronger – thanks to our diversified funding; our decentralised staff structure; and an increased recognition of the importance of reliable information about crises.
Some 300,000 government officials, UN and NGO representatives, journalists, academics, and wider audiences interested in understanding crises visit our website every month; more than 60,000 subscribe to our email newsletter; thousands have downloaded our new podcast; and millions more access our work through social media and syndication by mainstream media, from the BBC, the Associated Press, and The New York Times to regional media in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Our journalism has prompted investigations into misconduct, changes in UN policy, and new aid programmes; it has inspired public petitions, donations, and charity telethons; and it has been used as evidence before the International Criminal Court and the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee.
Amid an unprecedented number of simultaneous crises around the world and a media industry in financial crisis, our informed and independent lens is more needed than ever.
Our value proposition has become even stronger amid unprecedented humanitarian needs around the globe driven by everything from climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe readers will increasingly seek out the kind of content we produce. This is a unique opportunity to work for one of the few non-profit media covering international affairs who have thrived at a time when most media are struggling.
Our $2.5 million budget is mostly funded by a mix of governments and foundations. Our team of 25 people is distributed around the world, though we onboard new staff in person and gather the whole team for an annual staff retreat.
We are registered in the canton of Geneva as a non-profit association under Swiss law.
Find our latest annual report here.