Global Mandarin Photo Editor


Global Mandarin is a new digital media platform by Radio Free Asia that aims to inform and engage with young Mandarin-speaking audiences around the world. As it begins delivering independent information that presents various perspectives on subjects important to its audiences, Global Mandarin is currently seeking an experienced and passionate Photo Editor to curate photo stories for the website. This position will be based in either Washington, DC; Hong Kong; or Taipei.


  • Working with the Wainao team to shape, pitch, and develop photo story ideas.
  • Identifying and soliciting freelance photographers and visual journalists to join Global Mandarin’s contributor network.
  • Commissioning stories from freelance photographers.
  • Curating and repurposing Wainao’s original photography and research and clearing rights for photographs from freelance photographers, wire services, agencies, and all other sources of pictures.
  • Taking on photo story assignments independently – from shaping, pitching, and developing ideas, to photographing and writing text components – until completion.
  • Working with editors and writers, assigning shootings to complement article and special report production.
  • Pitching visually innovative and original approaches to features coverage, focusing on the online experience and demonstrating an understanding of the different platforms and audiences.
  • Working with the editorial team to plan annual reporting schedules and fitting photo stories into Wainao’s editorial calendar.
  • Working with the Director to develop a strong photo story component that drives Wainao’s visual and innovative storytelling.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related field.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in editorial photo production, conceptualization, and assigning.
  • Excellent news judgment and ethics, particularly passionate for visual and photo journalism.
  • Demonstrated ability in photo storytelling.
  • Strong computer and digital skills. Familiarity with web tools and photo editing programs, including content management systems, Photoshop, PhotoMechanic, video editing tools, FTP.
  • Proven deep research skills and knowledge of photo copyright and usage issues.
  • An expansive understanding of mobile-first experience and design. Basic coding skills are a plus.
  • Ability to build freelancer networks and train entry-level reporters.
  • Comfortable working with a remote team that is in different time zones. Able to attend meetings and work with team members remotely.
  • Fluency in Mandarin and proficiency in English.


RFA is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity. RFA encourages all qualified individuals to apply. If hired, the candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the US as an employee of RFA. RFA reserves the right to reconsider or withdraw any offer of employment to any candidate whose authorization to work in the US as an employee of RFA, or extension of such authorization, would require RFA to file or support a petition or related documentation.

How to Apply:

Submit a web portfolio of your strongest work along with a cover letter and résumé via email to, referencing “Global Mandarin Photo Editor” in the subject line.

Salary Range: GS 10/11 Equivalent

Posting Date: 3/11/2021


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