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CGTN America seeks a business editor

March 17, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

CGTN is looking for a full-time Business News Editor in Washington, D.C.

CGTN’s mission is to create quality news content in English that informs, entertains and inspires. Our shows inform viewers about global news events that affect them, exploring the world from different points of view. With the world’s largest population and second-largest economy, reporting Chinese perspectives is essential, and one of our company’s top priorities.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Executive Producer, News & Programming, the business editor will review copy for accuracy, clarity, balance and fairness.

Accuracy is essential. This requires editing stories for information that should be there but isn’t. The business editor must be able to translate technical jargon into plain English. He, or she, will eliminate slang, idioms, clichés and puns, because they don’t translate well across cultures.

Experience in writing for television, podcasts and digital/mobile platforms is preferred. Expertise in data visualization (i.e., charts and tables) is desirable.


The business editor will help conceive, write and/or refine business and economics stories on multiple-platforms—i.e., cable, web and mobile. He, or she, should have deep knowledge of global financial markets, monetary policy, macroeconomics and trade.

A successful candidate must be a team player and exercise good editorial judgment under tight, rolling deadlines. If you’re uncertain about a story’s accuracy, chances are the audience will be, too. So, the business editor must delay broadcast or publication until the story is clear.

Please be familiar China’s socialist market economy in the past 40 years. Expertise isn’t necessary. Familiarity will suffice. An ideal candidate also will be acquainted with Western economic models from the Age of Exploration to the present, including mercantilism, Marxism, Keynesian macroeconomics and the “Chicago School’ (Milton Friedman, Eugene Fama, et al.).

It would help to understand derivatives such as collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and credit default swaps (CDS), in addition to manipulative short sales, the repo market and other complex markets that played a role in the 2008 financial crisis.


  • Review scripts for accuracy, fairness, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Content must be properly sourced.
  • Make copy more engaging, conversational and easy to understand. Anchor and correspondent scripts should free of slang, idioms and industry-specific jargon.
  • Fact check program content, including graphics, charts and lower thirds/straps. Revise or re-write scripts when necessary.
  • Collaborate with Editorial Team members, and with other teams.

Basic Qualifications

  • Native English speaker.
  • 7+ years of experience in business news preferred.
  • Advanced skills in editing English for accuracy, balance, clarity and appropriate style.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced and demanding 24-hour news environment.
  • Must be flexible—editing general news as well as business, finance and economic stories. The business editor will write/re-write scripts when necessary.
  • Must work one weekend a month, and extended shifts when circumstances require—i.e., late breaking news stories.

Educational Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field, i.e., business, finance, economics.
  • Experience in business or business journalism is necessary if a candidate’s degree is in journalism, English literature, political science, Asian studies or sociology, psychology, etc.



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