FT seeks an Asia companies and markets editor

March 29, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Financial Times is looking for a strong news editor to join our Asia team. Handling some of the biggest FT stories, destined for the home page and the front page, you will work with colleagues to manage our corporate, financial, technology and markets coverage out of the most populous and fastest growing part of the world.

The role entails commissioning and editing a range of fascinating stories. From the integration of China’s massive capital flows into global markets to billionaire business tycoons in India and Southeast Asia to the chaebol of South Korea and the corporate behemoths of Japan, there are few stories in Asia that do not have a global impact.

To write those stories, you will be able to call on a team of award-winning, world-class journalists spread from Australia to Pakistan. They have the contacts and the language skills to bring in scoops; your job will be to channel their energy to the most important subjects, edit their work into compelling copy, and commission analysis of the depth and subtlety that FT readers expect.

Increasingly, we seek to hire and promote local reporters, which strengthens our local contacts and understanding but also requires our editors to support correspondents who are writing in their second language. Helping those reporters to develop their skills, and understand what makes a story for international readers, is an important part of the role.

Your skills

Strong news judgement is essential – this is a complex part of the world – as is the flexibility to juggle resources. The Asia news desk is tight-knit. You’ll need to be versatile, work within a team and be willing to assist with editing other topics when necessary.

You will need great story ideas and excellent copy-editing skills to help lead online publication during the Asian time zone. The home page produced by Asia is what the FT’s core readership in the UK and Europe see when they wake up in the morning. Experience with blogs, interactive output and social media would be an advantage.

You must have the confidence to make bold commissioning decisions and be capable of joining the dots to generate regional and global stories. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in Asia and have ideas for digitally building stories.

The FT’s Asia news desk is based in Hong Kong and that is where we want to hire for a permanent role. Given the current Covid-19 restrictions, however, we are also offering the role as a one-year fixed-term contract in other locations within the Australian and East Asian time zones. Subject to the availability of space, a candidate could work in an FT bureau, or else work from home.

Please submit your application by Sunday 10th April 2022

To apply, go here.

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