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BBC World Service - Future Voices Work Experience Scheme

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Job Introduction

We’re running a work experience scheme based in the BBC’s World Service Languages and BBC News.  

The World Service is one of the world’s leading news broadcasters – in Languages we currently broadcast in twenty-nine languages, including English.  The World Service Group, all the international parts of the BBC, has a weekly audience of over 308 million people around the world.  

The BBC reports from more locations than any other international broadcaster, and increasingly we’re training up bilingual reporters, who can bring us the story in English and another language.   We’re trusted and respected by our audiences, and we’re a multi-media broadcaster, on radio, TV and online.  

World Service Languages has recently launched TV bulletins in eleven languages, in addition to its long-established Persian channel and 24 hour BBC Arabic.  We’re a dynamic, ambitious, challenging news organisation bringing the world’s stories to BBC News, at New Broadcasting House in the heart of London.

Role Responsibility

We’ll give you the chance to experience life at BBC World Service and BBC News, including what it is like working in two languages - English and one other of the World Service languages listed below.  You don’t necessarily need journalism skills before you start your work experience; we’ll give you ten days training in radio, TV and online journalism.  You’ll spend the rest of your time in the relevant language service within World Service, and in other News and Current Affairs programmes across BBC News.  You’ll meet a whole range of people here, from bilingual reporters, producers, editors, presenters, camera operators to online and social media journalists.  You’ll come out with a good idea of the wide-ranging journalism that goes on at the BBC World Service and across the rest of BBC News. 

To participate in the scheme you must be fully bilingual in speaking, reading and writing in both English and one of the following languages:

Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Kinyarwanda, Kyrgyz, Farsi, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Nepali, Pashto, Russian, Sinhala, Somali, Swahili, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese

Are you the right candidate?

You’ll be bilingual in English and one other of the languages listed above.  You’ll be able to speak, read and write fluently in each language.  You’ll be obsessed with international news, and keep up with what’s going on around the world, and you’ll know about the output of the BBC World Service.  You’ll be a great communicator, curious and questioning, and good at getting your message across.  

We’re not asking successful candidates to have lots of qualifications to participate in the scheme, in fact there are no minimum entry requirements, but you must be able to show that you’re passionate about news, and about pursuing a career in the media industry.

You must be over 18, and, to make the most out of your work experience, you should be available to attend every day Monday-Friday for the dates stated.  The scheme takes place at New Broadcasting House in London.  We want you to have a great experience with us, so from day one you’ll get to experience working life on our programmes, and how our journalists contribute and develop ideas, and  how they work in two languages.  This scheme is open to people from all backgrounds and from every corner of the UK and we welcome applications from BAME candidates. 


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