Jobs for the bloggies and social media types

One of the things we told participants at Maverick’s  PR and New Media Workshop on Tuesday this week was that we had a feeling that there would be many developments in new media in Indonesia and overseas this year. It looks like this prediction is coming to pass.

One of Unspun‘s friends recently sent him an email where Yahoo is looking for a country editor for Indonesia. I’ve attached the email at the bottom of this posting for anyone interested in the position.

In the meantime, the venerable New York Times, has taken a huge step into cyberspace with the appointment of its first “social media editor”. Here’s a clip of the story that appeared in The Jakarta Globe today:


As each day passes, it becomes ever more evident that social media – yes blogs, Twitter, plurk, Facebook…- has to be taken seriously, or at least cannot be ignored.

The question to Indonesian companies is: what are you doing about it, assuming that you have any idea at all what social media is all about?

(here’s the email from Yahoo looking for a country editor)


Yahoo! Southeast Asia is looking for a driven and passionate leader for the role of Country Editor for Indonesia.

This position requires strong leadership and editorial skills to help build Yahoo’s presence in Indonesia.

The successful candidate will be based in Jakarta and will report to the Managing Editor for Southeast Asia.


– Oversee our editorial strategy for the Indonesian market, ensuring that we deliver fast, accurate and relevant local-language stories for a growing audience;

– Lead, nurture and manage a team of producers in Jakarta;

– Work with product managers to improve on the layout of the Front and News pages;

– Engage and grow our relationship with local content partners;

– Engage and work with freelancers, stringers and bloggers.


– Fluent in Bahasa Indonesia with good command of English

– Must have at least five (5) years of relevant or related experience in online and/or traditional media;

– Proven leadership and mentoring skills;

– Experience working in a real-time environment;

– Demonstrated ability to work in a new technology environment;

– Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or media.


– Must be a self-starter;

– Excellent local knowledge and a nose for news;

– Understanding how audiences interact with online communities;

– Keen interest in global and regional current affairs and pop culture from a local perspective;

– Able to interact with diverse groups of technical and non-technical people;

– Must be able to communicate effectively within and outside immediate group.

Please send your CV to:

Alan Soon
Managing Editor
Yahoo! Southeast Asia

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