Correspondent / Assistant editor

Eco-Business is looking for a passionate and motivated journalist and/or editor to join our editorial team which produces daily content on the latest sustainable development trends and news in the region. 

The full-time position is open to candidates based in Southeast Asia, particularly Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore, where Eco-Business’s main offices are located. Candidates familiar with issues and policy trends in the two cities will be prioritised. 

This role requires a strong grasp of emerging sustainability topics and the ability to create clear and effective copy for content across platforms, including the Eco-Business news website. You will work closely with editors and fellow correspondents to create content across various formats. Candidates with a portfolio of publishing writing and reporting work, particularly in niche topics such as sustainable finance, climate technology or human rights issues, will be prioritised.  

The role requires excellent English writing and speaking skills; any additional Asian language writing capabilities is welcomed.  

You must have an excellent news sense and work ethic, be a team player, and be able to meet strict deadlines. Candidates with skills in photojournalism, video and audio reporting or data analytics will be considered favourably.  

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Developing and pitching ideas for interesting and relevant news and feature stories for Eco-Business’s community of readers, and filing assigned stories. 
  • Writing and producing content across all our formats and platforms on relevant sustainable development issues and trends in the Asia Pacific region. 
  • Working with the wider Eco-Business team on content production for our thought leadership activities where necessary 
  • Sourcing for and republishing opinion pieces and managing content partnerships with other publications where necessary. Assessing incoming editorial pitches for suitability for the Eco-Business Opinions section, and making edits where necessary. 
  • Providing editorial support for Eco-Business projects and events, including: writing press releases, copy for marketing collaterals, and event reports, proofreading documents and newsletters, social media posts, among others. 
  • Some travel may be required occasionally. 

Requirements: 

  • A keen interest in sustainability and development issues 
  • A university degree in English, Literature, Communication Studies, Environmental Studies or any other relevant field 
  • At least three years of journalism experience in the newsroom of an established media outlet, or a freelancer with a portfolio of work published in reputable media outlets; Candidates with more than three years of writing experience and/or experience with managing a news teams will be considered for the assistant editor role.  
  • A proven track record of identifying and writing creative and original news stories, and successful follow-up to promote them among readers and social media users. 
  • The ability to multi-task and cope with tight newsroom deadlines. 
  • A keen eye for detail and accuracy, and strong written and spoken English language skills. 
  • A proactive attitude and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the willingness to contribute to the success of a growing and dynamic organisation. 
  • Familiarity with photography and videography gear and production, audio production, and data journalism skills will be considered favourably 
  • A clear understanding of the Eco-Business brand and editorial principles. 

Only those with the required experience will be shortlisted for interviews. All shortlisted candidates will be required to take a writing and/or video test.  
 
To apply, please send an email with the role as the subject line, cover letter, CV, and links to samples of your work to Natasha van Cuylenburg (natasha.vancuylenburg@eco-business.com) and Ng Wai Mun (waimun.ng@eco-business.com).  

We look forward to receiving your application! 

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