Jan 9

Job: News Reporter/Research Assistant – Yomiuri Shimbun (Los Angeles, CA)

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Job Title: News Reporter/Research Assistant
Posted by: Yomiuri Shimbun
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the newspaper:

Founded in 1874, The Yomiuri Shimbun is the Japan’s largest and most influential national daily newspaper in Japan. We have 28 international bureaus, three of which are in the United States: Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles.

Job Description

The Los Angeles Bureau of the Yomiuri Shimbun seeks a reporter/research assistant to help cover major events—including the 2020 presidential campaign and political news in the western and Midwestern states—as well as breaking news stories throughout the year. This job primarily involves assisting the Japanese Bureau Chief by following and monitoring news stories, arranging and conducting interviews, transcribing interviews, and covering important news events as they break.

The work can be fast-paced and there are regular deadlines. The position may include opportunities to travel to cover major news events.  The country of Mexico is also covered by the Los Angeles Bureau. 

As the newspaper is written in Japanese, there are no byline opportunities. 

Job Duties:

  • Newsgathering and research, identify newsworthy events
  • Conduct interviews/develop and maintain news sources
  • Cover press conferences and other events
  • Travel is sometimes required, including weekend work
  • Some administrative duties


  • Keen interest in political and social issues
  • Some familiarity with Japan
  • Journalism experience (at a college publication or elsewhere) is preferred
  • Spanish language proficiency is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent internet and research skills
  • Ability to rapidly transcribe documents
  • Attention to accuracy, detail oriented, ability to multitask effectively
  • Driver’s license and ability to drive freeways
  • Must already live in Greater Los Angeles region


  • Salary:  $37,700 plus overtime
  • Benefits: 401(k), medical and dental insurance, work-related gas mileage and cell phone reimbursement

How and to Whom to Apply:

Email cover letter and resume to 2020job@yomiurila.com

Attn: Jacob Margolies. Applicants should indicate proficiency level for all languages (e.g. native, working knowledge or conversational) in resumes.  (No phone calls please). 

Please apply by January 17th

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