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The Korea Observer/Newsbacker is hiring!

Lee Tae-hoon
Written by Lee Tae-hoon

Position Title: Bilingual journalist and assistant editor

The Korea Observer/Newsbacker is looking for a versatile bilingual journalist (Korean and English) who wants to cover stories that really matter but might be ignored by the mainstream media. The reporter will cover issues that are taboo or too sensitive to for mainstream media to cover, including corruption in chaebols.

We have little interest in pursuing stories from the mainstream media unless there is a compelling reason to do so or we want to dive deeper into it.

We are aware that you may not possess all of the skills to perform the duties or be qualified. We are looking for a candidate with the right attitude and personality rather than a well connected candidate who has all the skills and qualifications. Skills can be taught, connections can be made, but attitude is key to success in this role.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Write, film, photo, edit, and upload original stories.
  2. Assist with the documentary production process including translating, fixing interviews/talent, assisting with camera, lighting and/or sound duties, and so on.
  3. Update The Korea Observer and Newsbacker as necessary. This will include sub-editing and some basic web design duties.
  4. Posting on our social media pages, responding to messages, and pursuing leads found online.
  5. Translating written content as required.
  6. Generate story leads and source interviews.
  7. Maintain ethical standards of journalistic integrity.
  8. Assist with the planning and hosting of events in cooperation with external stakeholders. This may include public speaking and strategic networking.
  9. The occasional press release or radio interview will be required.
  10. Any other duties assigned by the editorial team of The Korea Observer or Newsbacker stakeholders.

 Key Selection Criteria:

  1. A passion for investigative journalism specifically related to Korea and/or Asia.
  2. A wide array of journalistic skills including:
    1. Writing genres: investigative journalism, feature writing, hard news, and social media posts/administration.
    2. Basic film skills including an understanding of the principles of photography and sound recording/editing.
    3. At least some basic experience with WordPress or similar web platforms or a willingness to learn.
    4. The capacity to interdependently pursue leads and write articles.
  3. Strong written communication skills in English and an intermediate understanding of written and spoken Korean. Clear spoken English is preferred in case we are presenting on radio.
  4. Well-developed research skills and a basic understanding of statistics and marketing.
  5. A team player who may be willing to conduct interviews on behalf of colleagues, assist research and write stories as a team.
  6. Has a long-term approach to developing relationships within a team. This includes the confidence to make suggestions, raise questions about corporate direction, and develop strategies individually and as a team.
  7. The desire and ability to up-skill, learn, and also share knowledge and skills.

There are no educational and experience requirements but passion for journalism and helping the less privileged is a must. We prefer those who want to pursue a career in investigative or multimedia journalism or both. Data journalism, video shooting, editing, photography, graphic and web design skills are a big plus. The applicant must have a good work ethics.

The Korea Observer is an online newspaper that provides production services to major international TV networks. Newsbacker, which is a partner company that is currently in development, will be a crowdfunding platform for fearless investigative journalists and activists.

Deadline: March 17.

How to submit an applicant: Send your resume and a cover letter to editor@koreaobserver.com.

About the author

Lee Tae-hoon

Lee Tae-hoon

Lee Tae-hoon is publisher at The Korea Observer. He previously worked for the Korea Times and Arirang TV. You can reach him at lee@koreaobserver.com.

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