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Digital Camera Journalist, BBC Russian Service

Job Introduction

BBC Russian Service is one of the largest of the BBC’s language services. With a growing audience, it broadcasts on TV and via the internet and has an active social media presence. The Service is currently launching a number of new, exciting projects across broadcasting platforms.

The service’s output aims to make international news relevant to a Russian audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on Russian and FSU developments. It aims to report in a lively and engaging fashion, and interactivity forms a large part of its content across all platforms.

Role Responsibility

As a Digital Camera Journalist you will primarily provide high-quality field picturegathering and editing to contribute to or 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 expect you to have relevant training or experience as journalist in print or Broadcasting or as a technician practising a range of location craft skills (e.g. camera work, lighting, editing, location facilities) in a broadcast environment to be able to gather material for either live transmission or recording, 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, Newsnight, World Service and Political Newsgathering.


Package Description

Role based in London

Continuing contract

Grade 7



About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from under-represented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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