Southeast Asia Correspondent/Editor
Fully Remote
Description

Working at Christianity Today is a career as well as a calling. It’s an opportunity to collaborate with a passionate and dynamic team that stewards an extraordinary legacy while building something exciting and new.


Christianity Today was founded by Billy Graham in 1956. Over the course of 65 years, it has platformed the best of Christian thought and reported on the events and trends shaping the future of Christianity and its ministry to the world. Today, it is rapidly expanding its global storytelling, pressing into new media, and deepening its journalism and thought leadership.


Position Summary:

Christianity Today is hiring a full-time correspondent/editor to produce informative news and opinion articles focused on evangelical/Protestant Christians in Buddhist contexts in Asia, as well as on Buddhist-Christian engagement more broadly.


This is a new beat for CT, modeled on our current respected coverage of Christianity in Muslim contexts, and will be a good fit for a creative and entrepreneurial journalist. You will be joining the expanding CT Asia team, which is making several editorial hires this year and has been translating articles into Korea, Chinese, Indonesian, and other languages since 2020.


The primary purpose of these articles will be to cover the issues and perspectives of Asian Christian leaders and scholars in service of Asian readers, while also increasing the religious literacy of Western readers regarding both Christianity in Buddhist contexts and Buddhism itself. (CT’s readership is 2/3 US, 1/3 non-US.) An equal share of articles will be devoted to Buddhist-Christian and intra-Christian news, opinion, and analysis in nations with significant Buddhist populations—all with a faithful, news-driven perspective that has both historical and theological rigor. At times, the region will extend beyond Southeast Asia to also include Japan and Korea.


We’re looking for an experienced journalist who passionately believes that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a transforming and vital force and that God’s primary way of working in the world is through the church. We want someone who reads widely and loves what magazine-style journalism can do. Someone likely to cite both Scripture and Reuters in the same pitch meeting. Someone who deeply loves words and the Word.


This position is part of CT’s efforts to build a “central nervous system for the global body of Christ,” offering constructive guidance and accurate reporting on the church and culture from East to West and vice versa. It will involve working on both long articles and shorter pieces, for print and online. Depending on skill and interest, the job can be primarily a staff writer position or an editor position with a freelance budget. Either way, it’s a great position for someone who loves highlighting voices from the overlooked, thoughtful middle amid today’s polemic extremes, and who appreciates the power of using current events to provoke thought and to inject expert wisdom into social media feeds and Google searches.

Requirements

  

Qualifications:

• At least three to five years of experience working as a reporter or editor (ideally in a setting that required speed, accuracy, and depth) preferred. 

• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the Bible, the church, and the global evangelical movement.

• Excellent proofreading and editorial skills.

• Formal education in journalism or theology preferred. Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning (whether formally or informally) preferred.

• An appreciation for the history, mission, and values of Christianity Today.

• Fluency in a regional second language is preferred but not required.

• Residency in East or Southeast Asia is preferred.


Functions and Responsibilities:

• Develop a broad network of sources and/or freelance reporters in relevant locations. While all countries with Buddhist populations are of interest, the initial focus is where CT currently has a readership base, such as Korea, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and/or Japan, as well as key Buddhist diaspora communities.

• File several publication-ready articles each week, whether self-written or assigned to freelancers and then edited.

• Participate in relevant staff meetings.

• Attend relevant conferences and meetings with sources and writers.


Success Factors/Job Competencies:

• Meeting output goals; filing articles that are formative, informative, and free from errors.

• Increasing CT’s current readership base in Southeast and East Asia.

• Increasing the engagement of CT’s global readership with articles involving Southeast/East Asia and Buddhist-Christian relations.


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Physical Demands: while performing duties of the job, incumbent is occasionally required to stand; sit; walk; use hands to handle, finger, or use controls; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

• Work Environment: Usual office environment conditions.


Performance Standards:

• Annual performance evaluation

• Attainment of annual goals established by CT editorial leadership.


Location:

• Work from home. The ideal candidate will be based in Southeast/East Asia or be able to travel there regularly. 


 

Application:

  • To apply, please attach your cover letter, resume, and 2-3 work samples.
  • Eager candidates should also include 2-3 story ideas for CT articles they’d love to pursue in this position, including a possible headline and a paragraph describing the likely angle. (Please note that we’re only using these for hiring purposes, but we may have similar ideas already in our editorial pipeline!)