Digital Camera Journalist, Newsgathering Operations
The Newsgathering department is at the heart of the BBC News operation. It provides coverage of UK and World News to the BBCs TV, Radio and Digital services. With a team of approximately 800 journalists across the world, BBC Newsgathering brings specialist, impartial and trusted News reporting to audiences and users all over the globe.
BBC Newsgathering Operations works within Newsgathering providing technical and operational staff to facilitate that coverage.
As a Digital Camera Journalist you will work as a camera crew providing high-quality field filming and editing skills to create editorially unique and high impact multi-platform content.
You will also feed material back to base and where necessary to carry out straightforward journalistic and production duties. You will be responsible for getting to locations with appropriate equipment, often on your own and driving is a significant and regular part of the duties.
The Ideal Candidate
This position will require you to have relevant camera training or experience as journalist, or as a technician practising a range of location craft skills (e.g. camera work, lighting, editing, location facilities) in a broadcast journalism environment. You will need to demonstrate experience of gathering material for either live transmission or recording, thereby providing a representative visual and audio account of events. You will have the ability to demonstrate a strong interest in and proven commitment to News, along with having the ability to acquire the full range of technical skills to operate technical equipment on location and at base.
You will also need to have an understanding of how the audience engages with video on different platforms, to draw in viewers on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. Part of the job will involve building videos around the published templates and posting them on BBC and social platforms.
You will be able to demonstrate editorial awareness and judgement, combined with a thorough understanding of the editorial aims and policies of BBC News. This role will also need you to have good research skills, good communication skills with the potential to originate and develop programme stories and have the ability to take responsibility for any brief that might be assigned by a programme, newsroom or newsgathering editor.
You must be willing to travel in UK and abroad, often at short notice. You must be willing to undertake Hostile Environment training and as a result be prepared to be asked to work in areas of hardship or public unrest or war zones. You must be willing to work with all the outlets that Newsgathering Operations provides camera crews for e.g. Network News, World Service TV, Political Newsgathering, Newsnight etc.
A showreel (3 minutes maximum) of your work must also be supplied with your application. This needs to be submitted in your application as an online link, for example via YouTube or Vimeo.
You must have a full clean UK (or equivalent) driving licence. You must be prepared to have London as your base, working out of either our central or west London offices.
The interview process will involve a practical test of your filming and editing skills. This will involve the use of the standard issue equipment used by all our camera crews. That is the Sony PMW500 camera and FCP X editing software. This equipment will be provided for your use at the test.
Interviews are expected to take part in the week commencing 11th December 2017.
Roles based in London
Continuing contract -two vacancies available
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