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Data Reporter, Hong Kong

Posted: 15 Dec 2020 Closes: 14 Feb 2021
Hong Kong Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005908

The FT’s visual and data journalism team is looking for an experienced data reporter. The successful applicant will collaborate with Hong Kong-based news editors and  correspondents across Asia as well as data and visual journalists in London and New York, concentrating on data-driven reporting for the Asia-Pacific region.

Role and responsibilities

  • Using data and analytical techniques to find and tell stories - covering both news stories and deeper analyses

  • Collaborating with other FT visual and data journalists on bigger visual journalism projects

  • Working with HK editors to build an awareness of data journalism and its potential to boost engagement with FT readers in the Asia region

Essential attributes

  • Confidence, developed through practical experience, of core data journalism techniques: data sourcing, cleaning and analysis, preferably using R or a similar environment and version control systems such as Git.

  • Numeracy and the ability to think statistically are vital

  • The ability to work independently, though aware of when/how to collaborate with others in a multi-disciplinary team

  • Strong communication skills, particularly the ability to explain your quantitative analysis work simply to non-specialist audiences

  • Demonstrable knowledge of data sources in the Asia-Pacific region

  • Ability to work well with a team that is distributed across timezones

  • Weekend shifts are required as part of the team rota


You will likely have a strong portfolio of work in data journalism or quantitative academic social science, ideally focused on business, economics or politics in Asia. You’ll also have a demonstrable interest in global economics, business and politics, with a particular focus on Asia. While this is not a graphics production role, experience of using data visualisation effectively in reporting would be a distinct advantage.

Relevant language skills (eg Mandarin) would also be a distinct advantage.

A proven ability to learn continuously and independently in order to keep your skills at the forefront of current practice is vital in this role.

All staff are welcome to apply for Editorial vacancies as part of a flexible working arrangement. If you believe this role can be managed part-time or as a job share then please provide details as part of your application. All proposals will be seriously considered. While approval will be conditional on the demands of the role and team, the FT is committed to being responsive to the needs of its staff and the different ways they may want to work.


Applications should be made via Workday by 5 January 2021.

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