Business News Editor

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Business News Editor 

Location: Washington, D.C. 

Type: Full-Time 

Job Summary 

Reporting to the Executive Producer, News & Programming, the business editor will review copy for accuracy, clarity, balance, and fairness. 

Accuracy is essential. This requires reviewing stories for information that should be there but is not. A report that omits material facts can make it unbalanced, if not inaccurate. So, a business editor must have deep knowledge of global financial markets, monetary policy, macroeconomics, and trade. 

The business editor must be able to translate technical jargon like quantitative easing into plain English. We report business news for a general news audience. Because a significant percentage of CGTN’s audience speaks English as a second language, the business editor must also scrub U.S. and UK slang, idioms, clichés, and puns, because they do not translate well across cultures. 

Experience in writing for television, podcasts and digital/mobile platforms is preferable. Expertise in data visualization (i.e., charts and tables) is desirable. 


The business editor will help conceive, write and/or refine business and economics stories on multiple-platforms—i.e., cable television, web and mobile.  

A successful candidate must be a collaborator and exercise good editorial judgment under tight, rolling deadlines. If he or she is uncertain about a story’s accuracy, we expect a business editor to hold a story from broadcast or publication until its accuracy is certain. 

Please be familiar China’s socialist market economy. Expertise is not necessary, familiarity will suffice. An ideal candidate also will be acquainted with Western economic models from the Age of Exploration to the present, including mercantilism, Marxism, Keynesian macroeconomics, and the “Chicago School’ (Milton Friedman, Eugene Fama, et al.). 

Because imploding structured-debt markets helped trigger the 2008-2009 financial crisis, an understanding of derivatives is desirable – specifically, asset-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and credit default swaps (CDS). 


  • Review scripts for accuracy, fairness, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Content must be properly sourced. 
  • Make copy more engaging, conversational, and easy to understand. Anchor and correspondent scripts should free of slang, idioms, and industry-specific jargon. 
  • Check program content for accuracy, including graphics, charts, and lower thirds/straps. Revise or re-write scripts when necessary. 
  • Collaborate with Editorial Team members, and with other teams. 

 Basic Qualifications 

  •   Native English speaker. 
  •   7+ years of experience in business news preferred. 
  • Advanced skills in editing English for accuracy, balance, clarity, and appropriate style. 
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced and demanding 24-hour news environment. 
  • Must be flexible—editing general news as well as business, finance, and economic stories. The business editor will write/re-write scripts when necessary. 
  •   Must work one weekend a month, and extended shifts when circumstances require—i.e., late breaking news stories. 

 Educational Requirements 

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field, i.e., business, finance, economics. EEOC