Elise Hu, NPR staff reporter/host and former Korea and Japan bureau chief (@elisewho)
Journalists who have reported abroad offered tips for how to find international work — and how to survive once you’re there.
The Top Five
- Looking for jobs overseas? Be open to different opportunities: fellowships, short-term projects, and jobs in local news outlets in your destination country. Consider a variety of feature stories, writing for airline magazines, travel publications, etc. Be creative!
- If you’re just dipping a toe in the water of overseas reporting, go someplace where you know the language.
- When reporting in other countries, be willing to lay down your assumptions about how you’ll be treated as a woman and where you’ll live. Learn the local norms and language. Be wise about which battles you choose to fight.
- If you can’t find a journalism job, consider a hybrid gig, and work part-time with a nonprofit.
Start working for under-covered countries. Jobs are hard to get in places like Europe, where there are more amenities and more interest from journalists. Get a first job under your belt, then go to your country of choice.