Mandarin Copy Writer Needed

Lippincott is a global creative consultancy. We are searching for a Chinese copywriter to help us produce content for an insurance sales brochure (we will provide a messaging guide). Ideally, the copywriter is a native Taiwanese with local market experience (can write in Taiwanese-style Chinese) and knowledge of the insurance industry.

We are looking for someone familiar with writing marketing/advertising collateral and who can provide examples of this work.

At this stage, we would like to receive relevant writing samples and an hourly billing rate.

Contact: Jessica Lee

New Year’s Eve at the Presidential Office

92President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President Chen Chien-jen addressed the TFCC and the domestic media’s presidential office press club to mark the end of 2016 and to discuss their goals for 2017.

The TFCC was represented by 36 Correspondent members and 17 associates members in one of our biggest events of the year. The Steering Committee presented President Tsai with cookbooks and VP Chen with a sundial as souvenirs for the occasion.

Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders / Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) is recruiting a Director for its Asian Bureau

Who are Reporters Without Borders (RSF)?
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an international non-profit organization defending the freedom to be informed and to inform others throughout the world. Today, 30 years after its creation, Reporters Without Borders has the experience and on-the-ground support to defend freedom of information on a global scale. Reporters Without Borders accomplishes its work thanks to its wide network of correspondents in 130 countries, its 13 offices (Paris, London, Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Helsinki, Rome, Madrid, Stockholm, Vienna, Rio de Janeiro, Tunis, and Washington D.C.) and its consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. As a leading defender of the freedom of information, Reporters Without Borders alternates public interventions and effective behind the scenes action.

Asian Bureau Chief
Target start date: 1st Quarter 2017
Location: Taipei (to be confirmed)
Type: Full time, but could initially be Part time depending on candidate credentials and experience
Organization: Reporters Without Borders/Reporters sans frontières (RSF)

Principal tasks and responsibilities will include:
● Implementing RSF’s advocacy and other activities in the region (mostly China & Japan). As Bureau evolves, scope of territorial activity in region may broaden under Paris supervision.
● Monitoring freedom of information and violations in region.
● Representing RSF in media interviews, conferences and meetings with officials
● Identifying needs and coordinating direct support and training to journalists and netizens
● Identifying potential local partners
● Providing input to advocacy strategy, project submissions and fundraising activities directed from Paris

The Asian Bureau chief will report to RSF’s secretary general and its delegates based in Paris.

Three to five years of relevant professional experience…
The ideal candidate will have direct experience or be familiar with:
● Journalism and media outlets
● Freedom of information or human rights issues in the region
● Project management in “challenging” situations (and countries)
● Research and development of local networks to aid in achievement of organization mandate
● Solid communication (oral, written, presentation) and social skills are essential.
● Candidates should also know how to work effectively remotely (i.e. be autonomous), though they will receive support and direction from Paris office.

Language skills
Fluency in English, Mandarin and French required.

How to apply
For immediate consideration, please forward your CV and cover letter to indicating “Asian director” in subject line.

Protections for Journalists

The TFCC has received a complaint that a member of the foreign press in Taiwan was dragged by her arm from a corporate press briefing earlier this month after being told the event was strictly for local media.

The steering committee is investigating the incident. It is understood that the parties involved are also in communication.

In the meantime, we remind all parties holding press events or dealing with media in any capacity: The use of physical force or violence against reporters, local or foreign, going about their jobs is unacceptable and will be treated seriously. The Taiwan FCC invokes for our members all rights and protections provided to the press under Taiwan’s constitution.

台灣外籍記者聯誼會近日得知在11月上旬的一個企業記者會中,一名駐台記者被公關人員告知部分活動只限於本地媒體入場, 之後遭肢體拉扯方式被拖離場地.

台灣外籍記者聯誼會正對此事件做進一步了解, 該媒體也和對方在溝通中.

本會在此提醒與媒體互動的各大單位: 我們強烈譴責對新聞工作者使用肢體暴力或類似粗燥行爲。 本會將嚴肅對待此事,並強調台灣憲法授予媒體記者的採訪自由及工作權.

Business Next’s Meet

Meet is looking for an English reporter to work with us.

Meet is the English-language news website run by Taiwan-based Business Next media. Business Next has been an influential media outlet in Taiwan since its inception in 1999. Our coverage focuses on finance, technology and the economy. Business Next developed Meet as a channel for startups. We believe firmly that startups are a key way to inspire the world.

We need a person who is fluent in both English and Chinese. What you get to do:
1. You need to write the English news based mainly on Chinese-language sources.
2. You sometimes need to do interviews and write related stories in English.
3. Articles range from 500 to more than 1,000 words per story.
4. You don’t have to come to office to work. Completed articles should be sent to our chief editor.
5. We require one to two articles per week.

What we pay:
Stories based on Chinese-language sources —
Short: 1,500 NTD (500 words average)
Long: 3,000 NTD (1,000 words average)
Interview —
Short (500 words above): 3,000 NTD
Long (1,000 words above): 6,000 NTD

If you meet our requirements, please contact Meet PR, Feliciana Hsu at 02-8773-9808#333 or email

The News Lens International

The News Lens International is looking for new regular contributors. We are looking for fresh, original pieces covering all aspects of society in Asia, and the experiences of people from the region abroad. This includes news, analysis, op-eds, features and reviews.

Applicants should:
– be from or based in Asia;
– have substantial English writing experience
– be available to contribute at least one piece of high-quality original writing each week. The role may suit established freelancers, bloggers, students and academics.

Interested? Please email Subject: TNLI Contributor. Please include: a one-page CV, writing sample links/copies, and at least four story pitches.

The News Lens International is also looking for a part-time copy editor.

Applicants should be:
– experienced in news and/or editing
– based in Taiwan (preferably Taipei)
– a native English speaker
– available afternoons

Interested? Please email Subject: TNLI Copy Editor. Please include: a one-page CV including work references.