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Freelance Journalist Pool - BBC Monitoring

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

BBC Monitoring offers open source monitoring of TV, radio, web and print media around the world. It is an important part of the BBC's newsgathering operation and provides content for BBC output. Our round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, internet and news agencies is provided to the BBC and a range of customers - commercial clients, including media organisations, foreign governments, NGOs and universities, and the UK and US governments.

Click here for further information on the service BBC Monitoring provides:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/monitoring

Role Responsibility

This position will require you to produce timely tip-offs, media reviews, basic news updates and background information based on the monitoring of vernacular sources from the target area. You will research and contribute story ideas and new angles on emerging narratives and long running stories. This role will expect you to work collaboratively with colleagues in BBC Monitoring in Delhi, on regular output and bespoke products, coupled with ensuring all output produced adhere to the highest journalistic standards.

The Ideal Candidate

You will need experience as a journalist, with demonstrable news judgement.  Crucial to the role is an excellent level of spoken and written English and good knowledge of one of the following languages – Bengali, Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese, Chinese, Malay, Filipino or Korean.

You will also have an interest in International news and media developments from the target region. You will have strong news judgment and the ability to spot a story and communicate effectively. You’ll also be able to present complex information and ideas clearly and concisely, along with experience of carrying out tasks where attention to detail was particularly important. This position will require you to have a genuine willingness and enthusiasm to embrace new ways of working and the ability to understand and clarify the needs of BBC monitoring users.

Package Description

These are freelance opportunities.

Base:  Depending on the language capability, the position needs to be based in one of the following countries:

  • Bengali (Bangladesh)
  • Bahasa (Indonesia)
  • Burmese (Southeast Asian countries)
  • Chinese (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore)
  • Filipino (Philippines, Singapore, Thailand)
  • Malay (Malaysia, Singapore)
  • Korean (South Korea, Southeast Asian countries)

Appointment to the pool will not entitle candidates to staff contracts in the BBC, these will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.

If you already have a current staff contract with the BBC (continuing or fixed term), you won’t be eligible to apply.

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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