We’re hiring a features editor

Myanmar is experiencing its most profound crisis in a generation and independent media is essential for the survival of democracy in the country. So that Frontier can continue playing its part, we are seeking a features editor to help manage our newsroom.

The successful candidate will work with a team of award-winning journalists, the majority based in Yangon with some elsewhere around the country. With other senior editors, she or he will oversee the production of accurate, in-depth reports on a fast-developing situation in Myanmar.

Duties will include commissioning, editing and fact-checking stories, managing reporters and photographers, liaising with freelancers, contributing to Frontier’s membership programme, publishing stories on the Frontier website and promoting content on social media. There will also be opportunities to do original reporting and write editorials and commentaries.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced journalist or editor with excellent written English who knows how to craft magazine-type features. They will also have worked in Myanmar or elsewhere in Southeast Asia and possess a deep knowledge of Myanmar’s politics, culture and business environment.

Given the uncertainty over access to Myanmar, it will be possible to work remotely from another country. However, the candidate should be prepared to commit to a demanding, full-time schedule within standard Myanmar work hours.

If you’d like to apply, please email a cover letter, CV and work samples to Editor-in-Chief Thomas Kean (tdkean@frontiermyanmar.net), Managing Editor Ben Dunant (bendunant@frontiermyanmar.net) and General Manager Nang Maisy Kyaw (nang@frontiermyanmar.net) by May 5.

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning the story agenda with the editor-in-chief and managing editor
  • Commissioning stories from staff reporters and freelancers
  • Editing stories and providing feedback to reporters
  • Reporting stories and writing commentaries where time allows
  • Posting content on the Frontier website and social media accounts
  • Contributing to Frontier membership products, including newsletters

Requirements:

  • Four years’ experience in journalism, including editing
  • Prior experience in managing a team and meeting deadlines
  • Strong written English essential
  • Deep knowledge of Myanmar politics and society preferred
  • Ability to work sensitively in a multi-cultural newsroom

About Frontier:

Since its founding in 2015, Frontier Myanmar has earned a reputation for quality, impartial journalism in a difficult working environment. Despite the existential challenges posed by the February 1 military coup, it continues to deliver in-depth reports from all corners of Myanmar, making space for overlooked voices and issues and reporting the uncensored truth.

Frontier’s staff is overwhelmingly national and it is an important training ground for young Myanmar journalists. Its reporting has been recognised every year since 2017 by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the region’s most prestigious media awards.

In January 2020, Frontier launched a membership programme aimed at building a community of people who care about independent journalism in Myanmar. The programme supports the financial sustainability of Frontier and ensures it can remain an independent voice in Myanmar’s media landscape.