The Walt Disney Company General Editor, ESPN China partnership with Tencent in Bristol, Connecticut

The General Editor is an experienced content creator who will edit, produce and oversee both written and video content for ESPN’s digital presence in China in conjunction with a third-party company, Tencent.

The editor will closely work with Tencent to bring ESPN’s content, including text and video, into the China region and published to Tencent’s QQ Sports portals and live streaming broadcasts. The General Editor will edit original content in Mandarin and review quality control for the translation of published English-language content into Mandarin. The candidate will also at times translate into Chinese more complex, high-profile stories from ESPN.com to ensure the highest level of quality.

Content creation will also be a major part of the role. The General Editor will be expected to write feature stories, news articles and columns – in both Mandarin and English – which will run in both China and on ESPN.com’s global editions.

On-camera reporting will also be required as the General Editor will be expected to provide On-Court Reports from NBA basketball games throughout the season, including pregame, halftime and postgame reports and interviews with NBA players.

The role also will occasionally require production work in the field, coordinating the creation and delivery of live reports into Tencent’s streaming broadcasts.

The role also ensures all content meets established ESPN journalistic standards and brand guidelines.

This position is a hands-on position, working with content (text, video, audio and social media) and candidates will be expected to display outstanding news judgment, skilled storytelling ability, thorough knowledge of digital practices (including SEO, social platforms and content sharing), and a strong knowledge of journalistic principals and methods. The General Editor will work closely with ESPN’s studio production team in Bristol, CT, to produce original video content, primarily centered on NBA basketball and global soccer.

The General Editor will work with Tencent’s editorial teams to plan and coordinate content, and will also then work to coordinate the delivery of the content to Tencent and oversee the publication into QQ Sports.

Candidates for the role should be skilled in producing content that resonates on multiple digital platforms, including the Web, app and mobile phone.

This position requires regular, daily communication with teams – both within ESPN and Tencent -- across multiple continents and time zones. Strong organizational and managerial skills, and overall editorial vision, are all a must.

Responsibilities : The General Editor is responsible for:

  • The year-round publication and development of written, photo, audio and video content (both translated and originally produced) for ESPN in China.

  • Working with both Tencent’s editorial team and ESPN’s editors to plan the right daily mix of content that will resonate with users in the China market.

  • Coordinating coverage of breaking news to ensure timeliness and accuracy, understanding reporting protocol and news judgment.

  • Producing written and video content that will be published on Tencent.

  • Delivering on-camera reports live from NBA games and other events.

  • Lending insights and partnering with ESPN’s other editions around the globe.

  • The editor will help track and record all stories delivered and published on Tencent’s platforms and ensure nightly contractual compliancy

The General Editor is expected to have exceptional writing, reporting and editing skills. The position will edit and manage content, ensuring it meets established tone, theme, style and consistency requirements. Additionally, the role will enhance existing material and contribute to building an audience, work to coordinate comprehensive coverage and breaking news with immediacy and accuracy.

The General Editor will be a technically savvy consumer of digital media who has some knowledge of the China market. The editor will have an extensive knowledge of sports such as basketball, soccer, boxing, golf, tennis, auto racing and all major American professional sports.

The ability to manage relationships and work with multiple teams is a must.

Basic Qualifications :

  • Fluency in both Mandarin and English. Ability to edit in both languages and communicate with teams in multiple languages.

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in journalism

  • Fluency in web authoring tools, SEO and software: CMS, Photoshop, basic HTML, FTP clients, basic video editing, photo editing, Mac and PC operating systems.

  • Fluency in electronic newsgathering techniques, including quickly navigating the Internet.

  • On-camera experience and/or experience as a field producer.

  • Digital journalism experience and strong news judgment; understands assigned sports from a journalistic point of view, and for the China audience. Understands and protects the ESPN brand in the region.

  • Excellent organizational skills, plus news reporting, writing and editing skills.

  • Experience managing budgets and working to monetize content through work with business partners, including advertising and marketing.

  • Unparalleled knowledge of the China market.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Typically five-plus years of editorial experience.

  • Experience working in a digital news operation and editorial team.

  • Experience in a digital business and work with advertising sales and marketing.

Required Education :

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or a related field, or its equivalent.

Preferred Education :

  • Master’s degree in Journalism or a related field, or its equivalent.

Job ID: 583261BR

Location: Bristol,Connecticut

Job Posting Company: Media Networks