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Work Experience Opportunities in London within News & Journalism

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Job Introduction

  • Work Experience duration 3-20 days (dependent on the placement)
  • Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
  • Opportunities available throughout July, August & September

 

Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within News & Journalism. If you’re interested in Radio & Television news, broadcast production, newsgathering techniques and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.

The BBC is responsible for the production of news across all Networks including World Service. 

Role Responsibility

Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of News & Journalism across programming, reporting and editing. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.

During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in. 

The Ideal Candidate

What we’re looking for

We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In News & Journalism we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.

We work at a fast pace. So you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.

We take our jobs seriously, and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about News & Journalism and are prepared to work hard, ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.

Background/Experience

You don’t need a media qualification  to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Radio and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.

Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of. Remember to use the portfolio section to upload any examples of your work. 

We have placements available in the following areas:

BBC Afghan (over 18)

You will be gaining experience on a research project with the BBC Afghan Service, which is one of the BBC 27 language services. It broadcasts across Afghanistan and the region for 19 hours a day. It’s News and current affairs offering is in two languages – Pashto and Dari. You do not need to be able to speak Dari or Pashtu but should have strong research skills.

BBC Africa English (over 18)

Working with a team of journalists in London and Africa, you will spend time working on the BBC’s flagship radio news and current affairs show for Africa – Focus on Africa. You’ll also gain some experience planning and organising the monthly BBC Africa Debate programme; in addition to generating content for our @bbcafrica social media platforms

BBC Afrique (over 18)

Under the guidance of BBC Afrique producers, the candidate will mainly shadow our Radio and TV Programmes. This work experience placement will give the candidate a rare opportunity to learn how to cover stories on a multimedia platform. Candidates will attend our editorial meetings and have a better insight on BBC journalism based on independence, accuracy and impartiality. The candidate should be fluent in French.

 BBC Arabic (August and September only - over 18)

BBC Arabic is the largest and oldest of the non-English languages in the BBC World Service, with an established reputation for impartial, independent journalism. We are a multi-platform, 24-hour service available on TV, radio and via mobile devices.
The BBC Arabic Roula Ayoubi Work Experience placement will be in our editorial output areas, where you will have the chance to get involved in making news and current affairs programmes, and experience life in a very busy multi-platform international Newsroom.

BBC East Asia Hub (over 18)

The candidate will work with the East Asia Hub team, researching and contributing original story ideas. They will also, at the direction of the Africa Planning BJ, handle some of the administration around big bids, help maintain the Hub’s diary and increase our list of experts and pundits for all platforms and languages. The candidate should be fluent in Chinese, Vietnamese or Indonesian.

BBC Great Lakes (over 18)

Working with a team of journalists in London and Africa, you will spend time working on the BBC’s flagship radio news and current affairs show for Africa. The candidate should be fluent in Kirundi and Kinyarwanda

BBC Hausa (over 18)

Under the guidance of BBC Hausa producers, the candidate will mainly shadow our Radio and TV Programmes. This work experience placement will give the candidate a rare opportunity to learn how to cover stories on a multimedia platform. Candidates will attend our editorial meetings and have a better insight on BBC journalism based on independence, accuracy and impartiality. The candidate should be fluent in Hausa.

BBC Somali (over 18)

Under the guidance of BBC Somali producers, the candidate will mainly shadow our Radio, Digital and TV Programmes. This work experience placement will give the candidate a rare opportunity to learn how to cover stories on a multimedia platform. Candidates will attend our editorial meetings and have a better insight on BBC journalism based on independence, accuracy and impartiality. The candidate should be fluent in Somali.

Business and Economics (over 18)

These are two week placements with the Business and Economics centre which produces the daily business news. There will be a chance to work in online, radio and TV

News & Current Affairs London (Over 18)

You will work with experienced production teams, gaining an insight into how programmes are developed, produced and finally transmitted. 

The Forum (Over 18)

A weekly ideas discussion show on the BBC World Service presented by BBC Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall. You'll get the opportunity to use your research and writing skills and learn about the role social media plays in this programme.

How to apply

Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.

What happens to my application after I submit it?

We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.

Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.

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