Monday, July 24, 2017

Are you looking for a new position and a company that will challenge you, inspire you and take you to new heights? Then it's time to take the leap – and join the most dynamic media company in Myanmar.

Myanmar Consolidated Media, Ltd, one of Myanmar's most highly respected and well-established news organisations, is the publisher of The Myanmar Times in both languages, two websites, and NOW! magazine. With over 360 staff in our Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw bureaus, we have a news-gathering force of nearly 100, trained to the highest international standards of reporting. Sophisticated layout and award-winning photos and editorial make MCM the one to beat when it comes to publishing in Myanmar.

We are always looking to bring on talented, motivated journalists, editors, designers, photographers, and translators, Myanmar nationals and expatriates, to join our News team. All positions require basic computer skills and a good command of written and spoken English. If you are interested in working with The Myanmar Times, please send your CV and cover letter to: [email protected].

Specific newsroom job openings will also be posted below, as available, with position details and application instructions.

For freelance opportunities or to submit a story pitch, please contact the News Editor at [email protected].

Current Job Openings (Yangon Headquarters):

1. Editor (English)
2. Business Editor
3. Night Editor
4. Sub-editor
5. Reporters
6. Translator
7. National Sales Manager 


1. Editor (English edition)

The Myanmar Times is seeking an Editor to lead the English-language edition of the newspaper.

As The Myanmar Times approaches the end of its second year of daily publication, and Myanmar closes out its first year under the National League for Democracy-led government, The Myanmar Times (English-language edition) editor will need to draw on the newspaper’s previous strengths but also equip it to tackle future challenges in a growing and digitising news industry.

The role:

This is a demanding, senior-level position and an excellent opportunity for a journalist drawn to the challenges of a rapidly changing news environment and the chance to redefine the identity of an award-winning national publication. The editor will work collaboratively with the paper’s News, Business, Lifestyle, World, Sport and Weekend desks to develop, publish and promote content that is not only newsworthy but engaging and exacting to the highest journalistic standards.

The job requires excellent communications, collaboration and organisational skills, along with the ability to juggle a large number of tasks simultaneously. An ideal candidate will possess impeccable journalism chops, as well as creative ideas for innovation and an eagerness to embrace the ever-changing nature of a daily newsroom.

Responsibilities:

Under the overall authority of the editor-in-chief, the editor is responsible for determining the editorial content of The Myanmar Times’ daily English-language newspaper, and the custodian of what is printed in its pages. The editor’s responsibilities include:

  • • Overseeing a five-day-per-week production schedule, including story assignment, editing, layout, photography and artwork, and ensuring adherence to print deadlines. S/he will collaborate with section editors to select photos, compose headlines and captions, and finalise daily page layouts;
  • • Coordinating with the editors of the weekly Myanmar-language edition and English-language section editors to assign staff and reporters to stories and coordinate coverage;
  • • Monitoring supplementary news-gathering operations, including press releases, wire services, television and social media, rival publications and professional contacts;
  • • Sub-editing daily news stories and composing analyses as needed;
  • • Supervising ongoing and long-term feature story planning;
  • • Reading, evaluating and editing contributions for publication in Opinion or other sections, and arranging for copyright permissions or payment of contributors as needed;
  • • Coordinating with the digital team to cover breaking news and maintain timely online news updates;
  • • Interviewing new hires and mentoring the next generation of Myanmar’s local journalists;
  • • Providing guidance and leadership to both local and expatriate newsroom staff and assuming a public-facing role on behalf of the newsroom; and
  • • Collaborating with administrative management on issues of staffing and company policies.

Qualifications:

  • • 7+ years of journalism experience, plus experience in a managerial capacity;
  • • Ability to manage a fast-paced, bilingual, multicultural newsroom while maintaining meticulous journalism standards;
  • • Outstanding writing and editing skills;
  • • Tolerance for large quantities of complaints and caffeine;
  • • Previous managerial experience in a bilingual newsroom is an advantage, and knowledge of Myanmar and Southeast Asian politics and history is vital; and
  • • Exceptional interpersonal communication and organisational skills.

Hours are variable, but workdays are Sunday-Thursday. Compensation is competitive and based on experience.

The Myanmar Times operates a dual-language newsroom, with the majority of staff Myanmar nationals. Experience working in a foreign newsroom is preferred and respect for local culture and values is absolutely essential.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest to [email protected] along with any supplementary materials they may wish.

 

2. Business Editor

The Myanmar Times is seeking a full-time Business Editor to lead its Business desk.

The role:

The Myanmar Times Business desk covers all aspects of business in Myanmar, including international trade, foreign investment, property and real estate development, the manufacturing sector, technology and telecommunications, gems and jade trade, and the newly opened Yangon Stock Exchange, as well as major regional and international stories.

Reporting to the English-edition Editor, the Business Editor will be responsible for a daily 4-page section of local and international business news. Main responsibilities include managing a staff of reporters and assigning stories, sub-editing copy, fact-checking, page layout, composing creative headlines and captions, and selecting photos. The position will also entail reporting, writing and analysis as required, and the Editor is encouraged to contribute content.

Job requirements:

  • • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills;
  • • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines;
  • • Willingness to work flexible hours when required;
  • • Understanding of and passion for international trade, finance and development;
  • • Previous experience news writing, particularly in business/financial news;
  • • Previous experience working in a foreign or dual-language newsroom preferred; and
  • • Previous knowledge of Southeast Asia or Myanmar an advantage.

The successful candidate should have excellent written skills and the ability to coordinate a staff of reporters under tight deadlines. Attention to detail and accuracy are essential, in order to ensure the newspaper avoids litigation worries in an under-regulated business environment. The Business Editor will also be responsible for conceiving and planning thoughtful and engaging features.

The position is five days a week, Sunday to Thursday, and based in Yangon. Compensation is competitive and will be based on experience and expertise.

The Myanmar Times operates a dual-language newsroom, with the majority of staff Myanmar nationals. Experience working in a foreign newsroom is preferred and respect for local culture and values is absolutely essential.

Interested applicants should submit a CV and work samples to [email protected].

 

3. Night Editor

The Myanmar Times is seeking a full-time, night editor to join its award-winning news team.

The night editor will be responsible for the final layout of the news pages, as well as writing accurate and eye-catching headlines and photo captions. The position will also entail inputting proofreading corrections and copy-editing, with occasional sub-editing. There is also room to work with the online side in promoting stories and engaging with readers on social media throughout the evening shift.

As the paper’s “last editor”, the night editor has a high degree of responsibility in supervising the final layout and edit of the pages. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, have excellent news judgment and experience working in a fast-paced, daily newsroom setting.

The candidate should be proficient at using Adobe InDesign and have experience in newspaper design, layout and copy-editing. The ability to juggle multiple tasks and complete them both quickly and accurately is essential.

Experience working in Myanmar is preferred, and respect for local culture and values is absolutely necessary.

The role: 

  • • Serve as production liaison between the design team and the news team;
  • • Provide nightly supervision of the news pages;
  • • Ensure all news pages are completed accurately and quickly;
  • • Oversee all news page layouts, including editing stories to fit the page and writing headlines and photo captions;
  • • Input all proofreading corrections and ensure the pages conform to house style.

Job requirements:

  • • Experience in newsroom production and page layout using Adobe InDesign;
  • • A minimum of three years of professional newsroom experience at a fast-paced, English-language daily;
  • • A strong understanding of news writing, journalistic integrity and story structure;
  • • Copy-editing skills;
  • • English-language fluency;
  • • Attention to detail;
  • • Ability to work to tight deadlines with a quick turnaround;
  • • Willingness to master the in-house style guide.

The position is five days a week, Sunday to Thursday, and is based in Yangon. The shift will run from 2pm to 11pm. The salary is competitive and will be based on experience.

Those interested should submit a CV and a letter of interest to [email protected]. Up to three relevant work samples may also be submitted.

 

4. Sub-editor

The Myanmar Times is seeking a full-time sub-editor to join the English edition’s news desk.

The role:

The sub-editor acts as the first port of call in editing a story and must possess excellent news sense, impeccable journalism ethics and solid writing chops, with the ability to dig out a buried lead and meet tight deadlines.

Candidates should have daily newsroom experience – preferably as a sub-editor or on a rewrite desk – as well as a native command of the English language.

Attention to detail and accuracy is essential, as is the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Experience working in a foreign newsroom is preferred and respect for local culture and values is absolutely essential.

The position is five days a week, Sunday to Thursday, and is based in Yangon. Working hours are 1pm to 9pm. The salary is competitive and will be based on experience.

Those interested should submit a CV and a letter of interest to [email protected]. Up to three relevant work samples may also be submitted.

 

5. Reporters

The Myanmar Times is hiring reporters to join our award-winning newsroom.

We are looking for Myanmar reporters to work for our English-language daily edition in the following sectors: Business, Education, Gender issues, Sport, Environment, Lifestyle and Politics.

We are also seeking reporters willing to be based in Nay Pyi Taw covering parliament and government affairs.

As well as being fluent in Myanmar language, candidates should have a good level of spoken and written English and be able to write articles in English. Previous journalism experience will be an advantage.

Please send your CV and at least two examples of your articles in English to [email protected] with the subject line: Reporter job vacancy.

 

6. Translator

The Myanmar Times is seeking a translator to work for both the Myanmar-language and English-language editions of the newspaper.

The role involves translating three to four articles a day, working with all sections of the newspaper, including business, lifestyle, politics, crime and sport. The ideal candidate should possess excellent knowledge of both Myanmar and English with demonstrated speaking and writing abilities. Previous translation experience helpful, as is work experience in a dual-language environment.

The hours of the job are 1pm to 7pm, Sunday to Thursday, with occasional translation later in the day

Interested applicants should send a CV to [email protected] with the Subject line: "Translator job vacancy". Up to two examples of translation work may also be submitted.

 

7. National Sales Manager

The Myanmar Times is seeking a National Sales Manager to join our sales & advertising team. Successful applicants will be seasoned and well-connected professionals with a successful track record in sales, preferably in the media industry.

The role:

  • • Planning, executing and evaluating sales strategies in close collaboration with senior management and other departments.
  • • Establishing sales objectives by forecasting and developing nationwide annual sales quotas. Implementing effective sales strategies to achieve revenue targets.
  • • Improving sales team through mentoring, planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • • Ensuring efficiency in national sales operations by scheduling and assigning sales staff to their respective areas and monitoring results.
  • • Overseeing customer complaints and making serious efforts to address these problems effectively and build excellent relationships with clients. Working closely with relevant departments to ensure customers receive satisfactory responses to complaints.

Job requirements:

  • • Minimum 10 years experience in sales and marketing
  • • Professional experience in media sector is preferable
  • • Experience in a senior sales or marketing manager position or similar title for at least 5 years

Education:

  • • University graduate or equivalent
  • • Proficiency in English is essential

Attractive salary with commission benefits available

Applications, with 1-page cover letter, must be submitted to [email protected] before August 10, 2016.


About The Myanmar Times:

Launched as a weekly in 2000 by Myanmar Consolidated Media, Ltd, The Myanmar Times is Myanmar’s premier English-language newspaper. In March 2015, a Monday-Friday daily edition was launched. The company also publishes a Myanmar-language weekly newspaper and a weekly fashion and celebrity news magazine. MCM employs approximately 350 staff across its Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw bureaus, the majority of whom are Myanmar nationals.