Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Speak for the Chinese government!
Oooh, the temptation to be a "language polisher" at Xinhua, China's official government news agency. The salary isn't bad - about USD 2,140 a month plus a free flight home every year.
If you were in it for the long haul, I don't see why this wouldn't be a great opportunity. You could take the time to learn the language really well, the stories that come your way would give you an incredibly broad introduction to China itself and being on the inside of the government mouthpiece would give you a terrific sense of how the Chinese government ticks.
The guy at Beijing Newspeak did this for 2 years - his recommendation is here under the heading Wanted; sub-editor with strong constitution. More of his experiences are here. He now writes for the Washington Times.
I don't see myself going for it though, mainly because I don't want to be a sub-editor and I'm holding out for a media visa for the Olympic period. But it would be an real education...