Radiolab seeking Chinese-speaking researcher

Thomas Mullaney's picture

Dear Colleagues,

I'm sharing this on behalf of a reporter/producer at Radiolab - this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Please contact Simon Adler directly. 


Tom Mullaney
Stanford University


Hey folks,

My name’s Simon Adler and I’m a reporter/producer with WNYC’s Radiolab. We’re a public radio documentary program produced in New York and heard by several million listeners per episode.

I write, because I’m currently reporting a story documenting the history and impacts of Chinese information technologies. As part of this story, I hope to travel to China to profile a Chinese typing/Input competition [TSM ed. note: i.e., competitions wherein contestants use a QWERTY keyboard and an Input system 输入法 to compete for highest speed/accuracy when transcribing a text]. 

As such, I’m looking for a researcher/assistant/fixer/interpreter, who would be willing to help me make this happen. In broad strokes the tasks required would include: 

  • Finding us a typing/Input competition to attend
  • Make contact with those involved with the competition (organizers, sponsors, contestants, etc…)
  • Be present for interpretation during the competition and any interviews surrounding it

It goes without saying that this would be a paid contract position. My time line for traveling is somewhat flexible - and dependent upon my ability to acquire a short term journalism visa - but I’d love to attend a competition sometime yet this year or by February of 2020. The specific location in China is wide open at this point. 

If this project sounds appealing to you - or you know of someone who might be interested - please get in touch so that we can discuss further.

Either way, thank you for your time and I hope all is well!

Simon D. Adler
Producer // Radiolab