Editorial Department, New Naratif

Position: English Language Content Editor (ELCE)

Working Hours: full-time, 40hrs per week

Salary Offered: US$1,100/month to US$1,450/month depending on experience and qualifications.

Location: Online/Digital within any one of the eleven Southeast Asian countries

Reporting to: Editorial Manager (EM); in the absence of EM, the position reports to the Managing Director

Peers: Editors (within departments); Researchers, Community team members, Design team members (across departments)

Forms part of: Editorial team

Qualifications: As a Southeast Asian candidate (preferred), the ELCE must have native-level English ability (spoken and written) and, preferably, fluency in one or more Southeast Asian languages. The ELCE must have at least 2-3 years experience with English-language journalism and editorial work, and in particular fact checking. Familiarity with social- and democracy-related issues in the SEA region, and critical theory and research methodology would be a plus point. A degree in journalism, literature, liberal arts, or humanities would be preferred.

Travel Required: None

Type of Contract: Annual Contracts issued from April 1st to March 31 (renewable annually, based on performance and funding available) 

New Naratif is a movement for democracy in Southeast Asia. We publish information, build communities, and empower people to create positive change. Learn more about us newnaratif.com

While we publish news, New Naratif operates more like a hybrid of a creative storytelling studio, community organiser and mobiliser, and a think tank, rather than a pure media operation.

The Editorial Department at New Naratif is responsible for all the front-facing media and journalistic content of the organisation. However, maintaining quality of content is not its sole focus. Rather, the department must work together with Research, Civic Participation, and Community Departments to ensure that all outputs align to serve the main goal: engaging, educating, and empowering Southeast Asians.

As English Language Content Editor, you’ll work with the rest of the editorial team to ensure quality and consistency of all English language content across various media (see our Style Guide).You will be responsible for journalistic integrity and proper language use in our articles, research outputs, comics, podcast, and video content alike. We will also be doing plenty of transmediation work, and you will be expected to ensure the consistency of messaging across these different formats. Since much of our content will be sourced from various grassroot movements and communities via a collaboration with the research and civic participation teams, you will be expected to maintain a close communication with them.

In addition, much of New Naratif’s outputs are structured around themes: every six months (eventually every quarter), we pick a new issue, theme, topic, or event and focus our efforts on educating and empowering people to create change around that issue or event. 

Examples include Southeast Asian regional issues such as women’s rights, gender and LGBTQIA+ rights, labour migration and labour rights, forced migration, inclusion and civic participation, youths and political rights, transparency and accountability of electoral procedures, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, land grabbing and land rights, all of which New Naratif has published on in the recent past.   

Our team gets together and figures out what to focus on, what information people need to know to create change, who the people on the ground are that we can engage, and what events/classes help bring our community together to build capacity for change. The whole process takes six months.

This position would suit someone with experience in editing journalistic and pieces across different media formats. You should have a considerable grasp of the English language and its usage in impacts in journalistic contexts. You should have a strong awareness of structural oppression, social justice, and sensitivity to language use in relation to marginalised groups across Southeast Asia.

What you’ll be doing

As the ELCE, your main focus is to ensure accessibility, journalistic integrity, sensitivity of language use, and consistency of messaging across various forms of media from New Naratif. Responsibilities include:

  1. Participate in New Naratif’s meetings as required, including both editorial and research meetings;
  2. Collaboratively evaluate editorial and research output pitches as part of the Editorial Committee; including reviewing, finding, and commissioning pieces for New Naratif, subject to the Editorial Manager’s approval;
  3. Under the supervision of the Editorial Manager, contribute to the development of an overall editorial strategy and and implement the areas appropriate your specialty;
  4. Collaborate with the New Naratif team to produce, edit, and publish materials that contribute to New Naratif’s thematic campaigns, Sekolah Democracy, Democracy Classrooms, and other events and campaigns as required; 
  5. Edit and refine commissioned pieces, journalistic or research-based, including features, opinions, summaries, explainers, reports, and other content to a high standard that reflects New Naratif’s goals and purposes;
  6. Oversee the production of all New Naratif articles and research outputs, including editing, translation, communication with authors/contributors/editors (drafts, revisions, bios, headshots and filing invoices), collaboration with other editors and departments, uploading articles, tagging of articles, maintaining a database of contributors, final proofreading, updating the Trello board, and other tasks as necessary;
  7. Work with other editors to remix, recycle, repurpose, and transmediate existing content into other forms of media, e.g. expanding on points from NN’s comic explainers, relating them to NN’s events, and connecting them into a coherent piece; highlighting the key points in a podcast for the audio to be used in a video; etc;
  8. Work with other editors to ensure accessibility of multimedia content, including, but not limited to, providing alternative text for images and comics;
  9. Create supplementary material to accompany the published articles, such as behind-the-scenes posts and interviews with contributors;
  10. Work with the Community department to manage and develop relationships with independent media organisations and workers;
  11. Work with the Community department to market and promote all types of published articles as well as manage and develop relationships with researchers and contributors;
  12. Comment and provide feedback on all New Naratif output related to your area of expertise; and
  13. Contribute to the implementation of New Naratif strategy as part of your country/region team.

What you won’t be doing

  • You will not be expected to produce your own content on a regular basis. Your focus will be on working with existing content, collaborating with contributors, and developing pitches into published pieces.
  • You will not be creating or formulating strategy. Instead, the Editorial Manager will set the strategy and you will help execute it.
  • You will not be working alone. This is a collaborative role with the rest of the editorial team.

What we’re looking for

Strong candidates will have the following capabilities:

Journalistic editorial skills. You’re passionate about making complex issues accessible to a wider audience. Whether in the format of feature articles, opinion pieces, or research outputs, you will refine them to ensure integrity, sensitivity, and proper language use so they would be accessible to as many people as possible. You are sensitive to structural issues and how the use of language and framing can help perpetuate or deconstruct harm and bigotry. You will need to demonstrate these skills and awareness in your day-to-day job.

Tell us about your editorial experiences in relation to journalism, research, and other relevant topics.

Teamwork. New Naratif has no office. We all work remotely. We’re all passionate, and deeply principled. We aspire to a high level of moral values. We’re here to model best practices as a transparent, ethical, progressive organisation. We’ll demand all this from you and hold you accountable. 

Tell us about your experience collaborating online.

Empathy for the marginalised and voiceless of Southeast Asia. New Naratif is first and foremost a platform for the people of Southeast Asia to imagine and then create a better Southeast Asia. You need to love and understand this region and its history, in all its complexity and diversity. You need to be willing to learn, explore, and grow alongside this region. It means you need to look beyond the borders and boundaries which are currently imposed on us. We want your experience of living in a Southeast Asian country, your connectivity to the communities, knowing everyday local experiences, concerns and challenges which reflect in your work and outputs you supervise. 

What does Southeast Asia mean to you?

Application Process

If you’re ready to take on the challenge of building capacity for change in Southeast Asia, please send an email to jobs AT newnaratif.com with your CV, cover letter answering the questions above, and at least two examples of your written work. Please provide the names and contact information for two character referees.

Shortlisted candidates will have 2-3 interview rounds. We anticipate the process will last around a month. Following your appointment, you would undergo a three-month trial period.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, we encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible, as the process may close once we feel a sufficient number of applications are received or a suitable candidate has been found.

More Information

The role is a mid-level or senior position, depending on experience and qualifications, meaning that you will be given clearly defined tasks and responsibilities and a degree of autonomy. You will report to the Editorial Manager as head of your department.

  • You have to be responsible, communicate and collaborate well online and be willing to work from home or your own choice of location as long as you are digitally connected with your team and provide the necessary remote supervision and ensure the work schedule is smooth and uninterrupted. 
  • We collaborate chiefly using WordPress, Google Workspace, Wire, and Trello.

Benefits include 

  • 28 days of personal leave per year
  • 12 days of public holiday leave per year (which can be taken on any public or religious holiday of your choice), and 
  • 1 session of company-paid mental health therapy per month. 

New Naratif contracts are governed by UK law, on a consultancy basis, and typically are for one year at a time, renewable at the end of every financial year (31 March). 

New Naratif is a not-for-profit, private company, limited by guarantee, registered in the United Kingdom and Malaysia, and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur. 

We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all employees regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, or disability. 

We have a strong preference for Southeast Asians who have personal experience of and understand being marginalised and oppressed.

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