Chinese Community Correspondent

Posted On: January 4, 2022

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Documented

Company Description

Documented is a nonprofit news organization that produces reporting for and about immigrant New Yorkers. We provide original news stories on the ground-level impact of shifts in labor policy, law–enforcement practices and bureaucratic requirements, and on the effects of new federal directives as well as Q&As and instructional guides that inform New Yorkers about food, health and financial aid and legal issues. We have won awards from the EPPYs, the Online News Association and Local Independent Online News Publishers. Our work has been mentioned by The New York Times, The Washington Post, in federal lawsuits, at the New York City Council and many other places.

Job Description

Documented is seeking to hire a Chinese Community Correspondent who will be tasked with providing information relevant to the lives of the Chinese New Yorkers.

The role will initially focus on designing and building a vertical focused on engaging with the Chinese-speaking community in New York. This will entail conducting in-depth audience research and learning about the information needs and habits of the community. The correspondent will work with the Documented team to use this research to design, develop and launch a news product focused on the Chinese-speaking community.

Post-launch, this correspondent will be required to regularly engage with Chinese-speaking New Yorkers and the organizations that aim to serve them. These engagements will happen in person and digitally. In general, the community correspondent should become the representative of Documented within the community and use the newsroom’s journalistic skills to serve the community. They will also share insights on what the newsroom should be covering based on engagement efforts such as digital or in-person conversations, events, protests, surveys, or research.

The correspondent will use these insights to write stories that could take the form of service journalism aimed at helping the community, feature stories, investigations or spot news.

At Documented, we believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, creative, and resilient organization. We encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or caregiver status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application and interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

Job Duties

Identify key stakeholders in the Chinese-speaking community and establish communications with them.
Executing audience research via survey and one-on-one interviews.
Creating reports and suggesting strategies based on findings.
Testing (with users) new and old features and coming up with reports from these tests.
Implementing the changes from these tests
Launch the vertical with its products, assess their performance and suggest any changes if needed.
Produce regular service journalism pieces and news articles
Maintain stable and periodic communications with users of Documented’s products and organizations that serve the Chinese-speaking community with the goal of creating content that could be useful to them
Continually seeking out new sources and building new relationships within the community
Bringing the insights from your conversations and research into the newsroom and helping the newsroom make editorial decisions based on that information

Preferred qualities:

A Note to Potential Candidates:
Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary folks, and BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and we welcome the opportunity for new insight into our work. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Mandarin or Cantonese language skills are mandatory
At least 2 years experience working within a newsroom writing and reporting stories
Experience or interest in engagement journalism
Experience or interest in product design, Human Centered-design, audience research.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this role is $60,000 — $75,000 based on experience. Health and dental benefits and four weeks paid time off are provided.

We highly value lived experiences in the issues we cover as a news organization. We also understand the difficult work realities due to the pandemic and are open to accommodating people with different work requirements.

To Apply

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Deadline to apply: Jan. 31, 2022