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Journalism Volunteer Projects in China

  • Placement location: Shanghai and Chengdu
  • Placement Types:Print
  • Requirements:Volunteers should be 18 or over and have fluent written and spoken English
  • Role: To take part in a range of activities alongside local journalists at an English-language magazine
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 8 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

If you are looking for an exciting, energetic backdrop to your Journalism placement then there's no better destination than China. Living and working in rapidly-developing cities will surely inspire you to root out some interesting stories!

On our Print Journalism placements you will gain an insight into the workings of the media in a new cultural and political setting whilst also building up an impressive portfolio of work. Our voluntary Journalism internships in China will give you some fantastic work experience which will greatly enhance your job prospects in this competitive industry.

Print Journalism Placements in China with Projects Abroad

Journalism volunteer in China interviews a local lady

On a Journalism placement in the modern cities of Shanghai and Chengdu, you will work alongside local journalists on an English-language magazine. Volunteers should have fluent written and spoken English. Depending on your areas of interest, you will have the opportunity to undertake a range of journalistic activities including researching, interviewing, reporting, writing reviews, feature writing and proof-reading.

You can work for a business, entertainment, current affairs, lifestyle or news publication where you will be able to see the many facets of life in Shanghai or Chengdu and experience all that the city has to offer. Wherever you work, you are sure to become popular with other volunteers once you receive your press pass, and can attend event launches and grand openings!

Your workload will be very varied; you may be asked to give an outsider's view on Shanghai culture one day and then find yourself interviewing an important public figure the next. Always be prepared to work independently but never be afraid to ask questions; your colleagues will be busy people but experience has told us that they are always willing to help a budding new journalist! We recommend that you write as much as possible during your placement as you never know how many of your articles will be published.

Volunteers have constant support whilst on their placement from an English-speaking supervisor. And of course, the Projects Abroad staff are always on-hand to provide you with necessary support.

On the placement your input will be greatly encouraged and appreciated. Your colleagues may also be keen to take advantage of you as a native English speaker, so be prepared to give some informal English lessons!


"The responsibility I was given at my journalism placement was completely unexpected. The opportunities I had in Shanghai have helped my career immensely".

Richard Fisher
Journalism volunteer in China

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