BBC Scotland Journalism Trainee Scheme

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

Job Introduction

This is a unique opportunity to learn journalism skills at BBC Scotland and help top BBC journalists tell the biggest story in Scotland’s history for over three hundred years.

In the year running up to the Scottish Referendum we are offering world-class training provided and supported by the BBC College of Journalism and senior BBC News staff, as well as the chance to learn on the job.

You will be working mostly as a Researcher on a raft of programmes and media across the coming year designed to keep audiences up to date with every step on the road to the Independence Referendum.

You need to be passionate about Scotland, its current affairs, its politics and have an in-depth knowledge and interest in how the country is run in the fields of education, law, local and central government.

You will have an inquiring mind and an ability to communicate clearly and distinctly.

This is your chance to join one of the greatest broadcasting organisations in the world.

Role Responsibility

We are offering one year’s paid work as a trainee in Online, Radio and TV based at Pacific Quay in Glasgow – you can expect to be working not only in the Referendum Unit but also in any of BBC Scotland’s newsrooms over the course of the year.

We have bureaux in Stornoway, Orkney, Shetland, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dumfries, Selkirk, The Scottish Parliament and in Edinburgh.

We are also keen hear from Gaelic speakers and hope to develop programmes both in Gaelic and English.

In addition, we are planning to base one trainee in Shetland.

You will be mentored by a senior BBC journalist.

There is no guarantee of a job at the end of the training but we will do our best to help you find one.

We are looking for up to 15 trainees – do you have what it takes to join us in September 2013?

Are you the right candidate?

You are a good communicator – with the potential to become even better. Maybe you have already demonstrated this through student journalism, community or hospital radio, blogging or work experience at a local newspaper.

You will need to be able to demonstrate a passion for Scotland and its political systems and current affairs and know where and how to find out more information.

Perhaps you may have already produced some research papers, been involved in University debates and politics?

You will need to be able to write to a deadline - quickly but accurately, you will already have ideas about how to grab the attention of the audiences on Radio, TV and Online and have a host of programme and story ideas about the Referendum debate and a handle on how best to tell them.

You will want to work with top UK and Scottish journalists and have a thirst for knowledge.

The BBC needs people who reflect the diversity of the UK so we can create fantastic programmes and services for our many audiences.

We are more concerned with your talent, potential and passion to achieve great things rather than your academic background.

Package Description

Salaries are £19,473 per annum

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