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Sub Editor, Asia

Sub Editor, Asia

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China-Hong Kong

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As the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) helps leaders to prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. The EIU is the global standard in providing quality, actionable intelligence to the public and private sector, assessing issues that affect the marketplace for over two hundred countries. 


We are recruiting a sub editor to undertake the sub editing and presentation of the Asia region's portfolio of print and electronic products within the EIU's Country Publishing division. This will also involve the sub editing and publishing directly to the website of the Asia region's daily events-driven articles.


In the role, you will be expected to:

  • Carry out on-screen sub editing (grammar, punctuation, spelling)
  • Comply with house style
  • Improve text by identifying inconsistencies and errors, in both language and content, and resolve ambiguous passages in conjunction with the analyst
  • Check internal consistency of statistical data
  • Handle text, tables and charts within a custom-built template; final formatting and page layout of both print and electronic products within the template
  • Take responsibility for sending both print and electronic products for final publication through the template
  • Be responsible for the sub editing and publishing directly to the website of daily events-driven pieces
  • Assist other regional sub editors when uneven workflows arise
  • Attend team meetings (remotely).

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:

  • A degree or equivalent (ideally in English, Political Science, Politics, Economics, International Relations or a related subject)
  • 1-2 years relevant work experience in a sub editing role
  • International commercial exposure within a publishing environment
  • Knowledge of custom-built templates, including formatting and page layout
  • An interest in, or basic understanding of, macroeconomic analysis, politics and international affairs
  • Intermediate Word; Excel an advantage
  • A good command of the English language.


You will be able to demonstrate:


  • An ability to work to tight deadlines
  • An ability to assess the level of sub editing needed for each report and to detect internal inconsistencies
  • Attention to detail
  • A high level of numeracy
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Self-motivation
  • High quality of output under pressure
  • Willingness to help others.