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Mandarin Cross-Platform Journalist/Presenter

Everyone has a story that influenced their choice to join the world’s most diverse and inclusive public broadcaster. Over the years, SBS has grown into one of the most unique and linguistically diverse multicultural broadcasters in the world today. Delivering SBS Charter-focused and community relevant, news, current affairs, information, entertainment and music, our services are available on radio, online, via digital television and social media, as well as offering a variety of podcasts. Servicing 60+ languages, SBS Radio and audio services are dedicated to the nearly five million Australians who speak a language other than English at home. 

To further deliver on our purpose and Charter, we are proudly announcing we will be launching SBS-produced television news bulletins in Mandarin. These 30-minute bulletins will be delivered Monday-Friday and will focus on Australian news, particularly reflecting the perspectives of Mandarin-speaking communities in Australia. The services will also include national and international coverage of events and issues of particular interest and relevance to these communities. We are planning to launch before the end of the year. 

We’re now looking for bilingual cross-journalist/presenters who would be interested in working on this Mandarin TV News Bulletin.

About the role 

All roles in the new program will be full time permanent. The cross-platform journalist/presenter will be based in Sydney for operational reasons so candidates currently based in other states will have to be willing to relocate.  

The cross-platform journalist/presenter is a senior role that will report to the Executive Producer of the new program and will be responsible for reporting and presenting news and feature content for SBS Mandarin TV News and for other SBS platforms. The journalist/presenter will work autonomously on high-quality research for news and feature material. Some of the tasks include, but not limited to: generating, developing and fostering content ideas; presenting live or pre-recorded Mandarin language content: co-ordinating, supervising and collaborating with Craft Editors and Camera Operators; ordering and assembling video material.  

The Mandarin TV News Bulletin will run Monday to Friday and will be part of our News and Current Affairs department. This new team will work hand in hand with our existing Mandarin team working in the Audio Language and Content division currently focused on radio, online and social input only. The journalist/presenter will be responsible to own and deliver stories of the highest editorial standards and share presenting duties. 

Applicants should be ready to do shift work when required. 

About you 

We are looking for people who come equipped with: 

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Mandarin is essential, including clear broadcast delivery. Candidates will be required to undergo a language assessment to demonstrate their proficiency in the Mandarin language. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Mandarin speaking community in Australia. 

  • Extensive journalism experience  

  • Demonstrated experience in production, reporting and presentation of television news. Experience in producing multi-platform content is desirable.  

  • Demonstrated computer skills including familiarity with broadcast editing and production software. 

  • Proven ability to work under pressure, meeting strict deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders internally and externally.  

To be considered, you must have ongoing working rights in Australia. SBS is not in a position to be able to provide sponsorship for this role. 

You’re interested. Great, what’s next? 

Please submit: 

  • A Resume in English 
  • A Cover Letter in English covering the following: why you are interested in this this role at SBS and a brief overview of the skills and experience you bring in relation to the role. 

  • Example of written news articles in Mandarin

  • A showreel/video of your presenting/reporting experience 

You can either embed link/s to these files in your CV or your resume. You will have the opportunity to upload a document as part of the application questions. If you have any technical difficulties uploading your files, please email us at careers@sbs.com.au.

Please let us know if you require any adjustment as part of your application. As we are still working through the details of the program, there are still a number of unanswered questions so please keep that in mind as you go through this process.  

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