Harbour Times Hiring (Nov 2015)

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All purpose political journalist for the modern era sought!
Harbour Times is hiring! If you are aiming to give full rein to your inner political junkie, come join HT!

We’re looking for those enthusiastic young writers and ‘do-ers’ willing to dig, analyse and bring a high level of thought and analysis to major political players that form our readership. Former staff and interns are working in government, with politicians, and in mass and niche media, recognised for their excellent work in reporting.

Hong Kong’s political scene is dynamic and demanding and needs the best to elevate political discourse. Our small operation means you will have a chance to bring a wide range of skills to bear and develop yourself into ‘the complete package’ for your next career move. Work under an experienced entrepreneur and political hand and with seasoned columnists as part of a young team.

As a researcher/writer, you will:

  • Move quickly to dig into policy and people connected issues to provide insightful analysis for demanding readers.
  • Write primarily in English for politicians, senior civil servants, diplomats, business people and those influencing politics in Hong Kong.
  • Expertly wield social media to develop your own personal brand as a journalist while supporting the growth of Harbour Times readership.
  • Develop a portfolio of writing, editing, photography and public speaking unavailable to your peers in bigger, hierarchical operations.
  • Self edit, in terms of writing and technologically, in partnership with the Editor in Chief and collaboratively with your colleagues.
  • Research and write in English and Traditional Chinese with flair and aplomb.
  • Bring your own ideas to the table for stories, product improvement and events.
  • Work with senior executives on a corporate writing project with global scope.
  • Take on special projects as needed to expand your skill sets and experience.

Full-on applicants excited about this position with great upside should send their CVs, reference letters, writing samples (online acceptable) and a cover letter to info@archive.harbourtimes.com.


Other specifics:

  • Language skills: In case you missed it, English and traditional Chinese/Cantonese vital. Putonghua an asset. Other languages entertaining!
  • Technical skills: WordPress, photography, photo/image manipulation all huge assets. Google Docs/gmail the working medium, but easily learned. MailChimp, social media marketing are both assets. Happy to hear about what else you can do.
  • Working hours: Long. Journalists don’t have normal hours. The news never sleeps.
  • Politics: As long as it’s honest and true and supports strong analysis, we’re open.
  • Attitude: Can-do attitude a must. Prima donnas should sashay elsewhere. Lone wolves also unlikely to succeed when you need your colleagues support to excel.
  • Learning curve: Steep, but do-able. Again, attitude is key!!