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Digital Journalist, BBC Monitoring

Job Introduction

BBC Monitoring (BBCM) provides news and information based on our monitoring of open source media from over 150 countries in more than 70 languages. It is an important part of the BBC's newsgathering operation, with journalists based in the UK and in international bureaux, and provides content for a range of BBC platforms.

Our extensive operation enables us to provide insightful and reliable coverage of political, economic, security and media news. Our round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, digital media and news agencies is also provided to commercial and other clients.

Role Responsibility

You'll produce engaging content in English in a range of different formats, based on insights gained through monitoring the online media outlets of jihadist groups in Arabic. You'll come up with new and creative ways of telling stories and think of the best ways to integrate video, images, graphics and data into BBCM's products in order to have a powerful visual impact. You'll feed into the news agenda for the day, identifying new ways to deliver content relevant to all BBCM's users and contribute to the development of new products/services, generating ideas for how stories can be best told to serve BBCM's users.

Applicants should be aware that the nature of the work involves exposure to graphic and at times distressing/disturbing material.

The Ideal Candidate

You'll need a high level of both Arabic and English languages, with knowledge of religious terminology, concepts and nuances an advantage. A journalistic background is essential, with proven editorial judgement, flair, excellent writing skills in English and experience in taking editorial decisions quickly and independently. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of evaluating jihadist media, understanding its evolution and how the media is currently used by jihadists. You will also be confident speaking in public, showing enthusiasm for news and current affairs and a thorough knowledge of the Middle East and wider Islamic world.

Package Description

Current Grade: 7D

Salary:  £29,235 - £49,010 per annum inclusive of allowances

Closing Date:  21/12/2017

Contract:  Continuing

Base:  This role is initially based in Caversham (United Kingdom), and the office will move to central London in late May 2018.

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 underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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