Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Myanmar Times

Are you stuck in a rut at work? 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.

MCM is expanding into exciting new directions in 2016. We are seeking qualified, experienced Myanmar nationals and expatriates to fill openings in our Yangon headquarters. All positions require basic computer skills and a good command of written and spoken English.

We are always looking to bring on talented, motivated journalists, editors, designers, photographers, and translators to join our News Team. If you are interested in working with The Myanmar Times, please send your CV and cover letter to: jobs@mmtimes.com.
Specific newsroom job openings will also be posted below, as available, with application details and submission instructions.

For freelance opportunities or to submit a story pitch, please contact the News Editor at newsroom@mmtimes.com.

Current Job Openings (Yangon Headquarters):

1. Reporters 
2. Proofreader
3. National Sales Manager 


1. 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 jobs@mmtimes.com with the subject line: Reporter job vacancy.

 

2. Proofreader

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

As the newspaper's "first reader", the proofreader checks finalised versions of all pages of the English edition – the News, Business, World, Pulse and Sport sections; the Friday Weekend insert; and periodic special supplement inserts – and marks corrections to ensure the text matches house style. As the last line of defence against errors of language or fact before printing, the proofreader is alert to confusing, misleading or incorrect content, and to ways a sentence, photo or layout could be better presented. The proofreader discusses changes with the editors/design team as required and serves as a sounding board for ideas during the production process. The proofreader also maintains, teaches and develops the paper's style guide and related reference materials.

The position is five days a week, Sunday to Thursday, and is based in Yangon. Hours are roughly 2pm to 10:30pm. While the schedule may leave free time to edit stories for other sections, to write one's own stories or to take on other newsroom projects, the primary focus is proofreading: This is not a suitable entry point for someone seeking a journalist position.

The role:

  • •  Initially working alongside the outgoing proofreader, develop familiarity with the newspaper's style (spelling and grammar preferences, editorial conventions, factual details, visual consistencies) until it becomes second nature.
  • •  Mostly on printed proofs, with some work on-screen, read and mark for correction all English-language pages so the finished publication adheres to house style.
  • •  Return marked pages to editors in a timely fashion, clearly communicating changes, concerns or suggestions, and balancing the needs of multiple sections to avoid holding up production deadlines.
  • •  Assist with inputting corrections in InDesign when necessary.
  • •  Serve as a general point of reference for queries of spelling and grammar, style, and previously published stories or photos.
  • •  Maintain and develop the newspaper's existing style guide and reference materials to improve the paper's consistency and save time for yourself and others.

Required skills:

  • •  Professional proofreading experience for a newspaper or other printed publication, requiring detailed knowledge of - and love for - the grammar, spelling, conventions and pitfalls of the English language.
  • •  Deep interest in and knowledge of Myanmar.
  • •  Initiative to master and expand a complex style guide for a bilingual, multicultural newsroom.
  • •  Unceasing attention to detail and patience when addressing repeated problems.
  • •  Ability to work to tight deadlines with a quick turnaround, without sacrificing accuracy.
  • •  Willingness, as a team player, to ensure the paper appears as reporters and editors wish it to, without compromise.
  • •  Sensitivity to culture and its representation in media.
  • •  Commitment to defending the values of a free press in a challenging publishing environment.

Beneficial, non-required skills:

  • •  Willingness to pitch story ideas and contribute to planning meetings.
  • •  Previous familiarity with Adobe InDesign.
  • •  Sub-editing or other newsroom experience.
  • •  Knowledge of Myanmar language.

Those interested should submit a CV and a letter of interest to jobs@mmtimes.com with the subject "Proofreader Application".


3. 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 hr@mmtimes.com 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.