Radio Free Asia

Head of News, Asia, BenarNews (Asia-Based)

Location TH-Bangkok
ID 2024-1038
Journalism (Journalist, Editor)
Position Type
Service Department


BenarNews is a digital media platform at Radio Free Asia that provides clear and accurate news on security, politics and human rights on the local and regional level in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Pacific island nations. We are seeking a seasoned newsroom leader to manage and support BenarNews’ coverage leaders in Asia and oversee production and editorial planning during Asia daytime. The successful candidate will have experience leading multicultural newsrooms, a proven record of journalistic excellence, and first-rate people skills. This is a full-time position based in Jakarta or Bangkok that reports to the BenarNews Managing Editor in Washington. 


  • Manage and support BenarNews’ coverage leaders in Asia
  • Oversee daily production and editorial planning during Asia daytime, implementing the policy, procedures and editorial standards of Radio Free Asia and BenarNews
  • Provide editorial feedback on developing stories and assist in prioritizing coverage based on BenarNews’ mission and editorial strategy during Asia daytime
  • Promote an audience-first mindset, ensuring BenarNews’ journalism is responsive to the information needs of our audience
  • Recruit and manage the Asia-based English-language editor 
  • Edit and publish news stories during Asia daytime; support video production as needed
  • Effectively hand daily production over to Washington staff
  • Ensure excellent and ethical journalism across all platforms and languages, and seamless collaboration among editorial, visuals, video and audience engagement 
  • Optimize workflow and tools among BenarNews’ journalists in Asia 
  • Assist with the launch of BenarNews’ first bureau in Southeast Asia
  • Facilitate collaborative work among BenarNews’ countries, and with other units of Radio Free Asia 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned          


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in the field of Journalism or related field.  Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of 15 years experience in international journalism, including reporting, editing and newsroom management; digital journalism preferable
  • Knowledge of current political, economic and social conditions in the Asian region, particularly in countries that are covered by BenarNews
  • Hands-on experience working in Asia as a media professional, possess strong networks in the region 
  • Demonstrate exceptional editorial judgment and adherence to the highest standards of journalistic ethics
  • First-rate writer, can produce sparkling SEO-ready headlines; outstanding editing capability; rigorous research skills
  • Prior experience recruiting, hiring, and mentoring talents
  • Strong experience in setting and adjusting plans to make the most efficient, practical, and impact­-driven use on resources 
  • Strong familiarity working with various types of multimedia formats, and effective ways to utilize visual contents 
  • Prior experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and for whom English is not a first language
  • Excellent communication skills and collaborative mindset, with the ability to work across teams and departments to achieve shared goals, excellent conflict resolution ability 
  • Knowledge of a BenarNews language is a plus
  • A strong passion and commitment for RFA/BenarNews mission.


Application Instruction: Please include a cover letter along with your application. 






RFA is consistently working to retain and attract top talent to contribute to the delivery of our mission. We are proud to offer competitive salaries that are commensurate with experience and prioritize equity across the organization. Additionally, we provide excellent key benefits, including but not limited to comprehensive Medical plans, Dental, and Vision insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life and AD&D insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan, for all of our U.S full time staff. Please note that the availability and terms of all fringe benefits are subject to change at RFA’s discretion. 


For international staff, we offer country-specific benefits that are equally attractive. Please reach out to us at for more information

Physical Demands:


Employees must meet the physical demands and work environment characteristics to perform the job's essential functions. Reasonable accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, talk and hear. Employees must occasionally lift up to twenty (5) pounds. Work Environment: Typical indoor office environment.



This description outlines the general nature and level of work expected. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.


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