The Now/ledge

A Guide to the 'Now' Revolution in News / by Alan Soon

Plug: Yahoo! Southeast Asia seeks Commissioning Editor

Newsrooms may be cutting staff and expenses, and there’s no denying the fact that more than ever, content is king. Content is coming at us in old and new ways through blogs, photos and videos.

Yahoo! (disclosure: I work for Yahoo! and I’m the hiring manager for this role) is looking for a Commissioning Editor to work with content providers. Not the big newsrooms out there (we have plenty of strong partnerships across the region) but with individual writers, bloggers or any other self-publishers. We’re looking to scale up our production of micro-sites that cater to the growing need among advertisers for rich, engaging and compelling content. So we’re looking for someone to help us bring it all together. Here’s the job description we posted:


Yahoo! Southeast Asia is looking for a Commissioning Editor to help support the production of custom-branded micro-sites.

You’ll be required to identify and commission bloggers/writers to produce a variety of articles ranging from finance to event guides. That means you’ll need both an extensive list of contacts as well as a broad knowledge of various subjects.

The role also requires you to have strong editing skills to draw out a distinct and engaging editorial voice to satisfy the Yahoo! audience. Just as important — you need to be able to recognize this quality in other people’s writing.

Given the high expectations of our users, the role requires a professional with at least five years in an editorial role.

The job will also involve:

– Identifying strong bloggers and building a strong relationship with them
– Assessing pitches from bloggers
– Editing article submissions
– Commissioning photographers and illustrators
– Issuing contracts to bloggers
– Paying bloggers

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:

– More than 5 years in an editorial role, preferably in the magazine industry
– Strong relationships with prominent bloggers
– Ability to write and re-write in an engaging style
– Strong copy editing skills, knowledge of AP style is preferred
– Strong attention to detail
– Nurturing skills to help develop bloggers

In terms of personality, we’re looking for someone who is able to juggle multiple assignments and roll with the punches. You must be able to work independently. You need to be comfortable with technology and internet publishing tools, and if not, you should at least be a quick learner.


Please send your resume and a cover letter to:

Alan Soon
Managing Editor
Yahoo! Southeast Asia


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