Assistant Correspondent

Posted On: October 31, 2019

Journalism Job

Media Organization: The Mainichi Newspapers

Company Description

The Mainichi Newspapers (毎日新聞), founded in 1872, is Japan's oldest national daily newspaper. We are currently recognized in Japan as one of the leading newspapers, and have garnered a reputation as a provider of unbiased reporting and poignant editorials. Our commitment to excellence in journalism has earned us numerous prestigious awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and more than 20 awards from the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association, making The Mainichi Newspapers Japan's most awarded newspaper and the only Japanese news organization to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Mainichi has a nationwide circulation of 2.5 million copies. We are headquartered in Japan and have 24 overseas bureaus, including three in the United States.

Job Description

We are currently looking for an Assistant Correspondent in our New York Bureau to support our correspondents with research into topics involving American society and international relations. In order to identify the most pertinent issues to our readers in Asia, our work in overseas bureaus involves keeping a close eye on local events and providing analysis into region-specific issues. Hence, we require the employees in our New York Bureau to have the ability to dissect complex issues in international politics and current affairs.

Responsibilities
You will assist the bureau chief (and other correspondents) in:
• Attending and summarising press briefings
• Background research on news topics (expert viewpoints from academics and thinktanks, finding and organizing statistics, and factchecking information with legislations and other relevant sources)
• Monitoring latest news related to American society at large and events happening in the nearby region
• Setting up appointments for interviews
• Making transcripts of speeches and interviews
• Miscellaneous tasks pertaining to office management
• Conducting interviews on the ground (occasionally)

Candidates should be ready to:
• Develop an understanding of latest issues in American society and international relations
• Produce thoughtful and meticulous research
• Engage in forging good media relations with relevant individuals and agencies when required

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field
• Keen interest in international politics and current affairs
• Strong analytical skills and resourcefulness
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines and tasks efficiently under heavy pressure
• Excellent time management skills and sense of urgency when dealing with time-sensitive tasks
• Fluency in Japanese preferred

Start date: Dec 1 (Negotiable)

To Apply

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Toshiyuki Sumi (sumi-t@mainichi.co.jp)