December 29, 2009 • 23:32
South China Morning Post, the English-language daily from Hong Kong, has reportedly cut 30 editorial jobs, apparently as part of a plan to restructure the company.
According to the AFP, which cited an internal memo circulated among staff by the Post’s Editor-in-Chief Reginald Chua, the company wants to remove the reporting teams from the actual production of the paper.
This would be the first big move by Chua, who was appointed to the post in July. He was formerly Deputy Managing Editor at the Wall Street Journal in New York, where he oversaw the Journal’s “computer-assisted reporting capabilities.”
It sounds as though Chua is re-allocating the company’s reporting resources to further support a digital function, which would make sense. So many newspapers are still hamstrung by their “core” product, refusing a great opportunity to lead the audience and dialogue through their online properties. Yes, I get it, advertisers are still paying for newspaper placements and online is merely a “bonus” in the package. But all that is quickly changing — digital is leading the newsflow. And remember, dailies aren’t in the newspaper business; they’re in the news business.
Filed under: Jobs, Newspapers, SCMP
December 23, 2009 • 16:53
Ok, here’s one more job opening at Yahoo! Southeast Asia. I wanted to get this out the door before we head out for our holidays.
We’re looking for a producer to edit and curate compelling stories for our Singapore version of Yahoo! Finance.
The job is incredibly challenging: Identifying and delivering accurate, reliable and timely information to help our users make the best decisions in their financial investments.
This isn’t an entry-level position; you must have proven experience in producing and editing financial news stories. You may also have to write or commission blogs on finance and investments.
Technical experience isn’t necessary, but you’ll need to be comfortable working with a number of internet publishing tools. The position is based in Singapore and reports to the Managing Editor of Southeast Asia.
This is what we’re looking for in an ideal candidate:
A financial journalist with at least five years of writing, editing or production experience at news organizations such as Dow Jones, Reuters, Bloomberg or CNBC
Knowledge of the publicly listed companies in Singapore and commonly watched blue chip stocks
Reliable contacts in the financial services industry would be helpful
An understanding of social media and how to use it to distribute stories and engage a wider audience
Able to pitch great ideas for blog posts and articles relevant to the investment community in Singapore
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or communication
If your experience fits what we’re after, please send your CV to:
Yahoo! Southeast Asia
Filed under: Jobs, Yahoo!
December 23, 2009 • 15:35
Here’s the another job I’m looking to fill at Yahoo!.
We’re looking for a producer to curate and deliver the best stories on our Singapore front page. This is a high-profile role in guiding and engaging our audience through the most visible section of our Singapore property.
This is a great job for journalists, but ultimately our best candidate must have strong writing skills and a wide understanding of what makes news in the Singapore context. That means you’ll need a broad knowledge of subjects as diverse as politics, business, entertainment and sports. If you know how to write in a compelling style that delivers the clicks, we’d love to hear from you.
Technical experience isn’t necessary, but you’ll need to be comfortable working with a number of internet publishing tools. The position is based in Singapore and reports to the Singapore country editor.
Here’s what we’re looking for in a candidate:
Fluent in English
Able to write in a strong, unique and engaging conversational voice
Must have at least 3 years of relevant or related experience in online and/or traditional media
Excellent local knowledge and a nose for news
A wide variety of subject interests, from politics to health to the local entertainment scene in Singapore
Attention to detail
Able to work with diverse teams of people from different cultures
An understanding of how online communities work
A strong presence in social media networks
An appreciation of analytics and numbers
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or communications
If you’re interested, send your CV to:
Yahoo! Southeast Asia
Filed under: Jobs, Yahoo!
December 22, 2009 • 11:19
This is by far the toughest position for me to fill as Managing Editor of Yahoo! Southeast Asia.
After months of looking and countless interviews, I’m still finding it tough to check off all the boxes for this senior role. So I’m plugging this on my own blog; if you (or anyone you know) have the right skills for this fantastic role as Vietnam Country Editor, please drop me an email.
The job description:
Yahoo! Southeast Asia is looking for a driven and passionate leader for the role of Country Editor for Vietnam. This role requires strong leadership and editorial skills to help build Yahoo’s presence in Vietnam. The successful candidate will be based in Ho Chi Minh City and will report to the Managing Editor for Southeast Asia.
– Oversee our editorial strategy for the Vietnamese market, ensuring that we deliver fast, accurate and relevant local-language stories for a growing audience
– Lead, nurture and manage a team of producers in Ho Chi Minh City
– Work with product managers to improve on the layout of the Front and News pages
– Engage and grow our relationship with local content partners
– Engage and work with freelancers and stringers
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
– Fluent in Vietnamese with good command of English
– Must have at least five (5) years of relevant or related experience in online and/or traditional media;
– Proven leadership and mentoring skills;
– Experience working in a real-time environment;
– Demonstrated ability to work in a new technology environment;
– Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or media.
– Must be a self-starter;
– Excellent local knowledge and a nose for news;
– Understanding how audiences interact with online communities;
– Keen interest in global and regional current affairs and pop culture from a local perspective;
– Able to interact with diverse groups of technical and non-technical people;
– Must be able to communicate effectively within and outside immediate group.
To apply, please send your CV to:
Yahoo! Southeast Asia
Filed under: Jobs, Vietnam, Yahoo!
December 20, 2009 • 16:09
Twitter fans in Indonesia have more to be excited about.
3 Indonesia is the latest mobile operator to offer Twitter’s Text Messaging service (AXIS was the first). There are no additional fees for this.
Users can also turn on text notifications for people they follow, as well as direct messages. There’s one added benefit: 3 is the first Indonesian carrier to support sending photos to Twitter via MMS through TwitPic.
Subscribers to 3 Indonesia can send Tweets with the word “START” to 89887. Let me know what you think of the service.
Filed under: Tools, Indonesia, Mobile