BBC Radio Leeds is a big city station covering one of the countries strongest news patches. We’re always busy as our news team delivers original and creative journalism on a daily basis. We thrive on live reporting for our own programmes and bring many big breaking stories to other BBC stations and networks. Our news bulletins are full of local content and delivered with authority and style. We work at the heart of many diverse communities and are never afraid to hold to account or champion those within them. We pride ourselves on our exclusive stories and are now expanding our award-winning team to include a political reporter based in Bradford.
The ideal candidate will need to be a self-starter and confident with social media skills, as well as having excellent contacts. You’ll have a thorough understanding of the complexity and variety of Bradford’s five parliamentary constituencies and the district of Bradford which includes Keighley and have the capacity to develop and explain them as we head towards the debate surrounding regional devolution and the European elections.
We need someone who can represent the station, hold those in authority to account and make complex arguments simple to understand. You’ll need to demonstrate that you can find original stories and that you can illustrate them with excellent case studies. In addition you will be the BBC’s ‘go to’ person for an insight into the political life of those living in Bradford.
In this role, you will be translating complex material into reports which engage with our audiences. You will be working for both bulletins and programmes (e.g. Local Radio breakfast, mid-morning and Drivetime shows) and providing material for the Regional TV news and weekly political programmes on BBC1. Social media is also important so providing videos and other online content will also be essential.
There is a strong emphasis on originality and on breaking new ground, especially when telling the stories of the people most directly affected by decisions made by councillors, regional representatives and MPs. You will be expected to build strong relationships with key political stakeholders with the aim of becoming the first point of contact for local MPs to ensure that the wider BBC is truly reflecting the democratic life of the country.
Reporting to the senior local radio management team, you’ll be working with a range of people and will be expected to produce content quickly and flexibly. You’ll also need to be able to work independently.
Are you the right candidate?
You will have an understanding of working across all output platforms (Online, TV and Radio) and a well-developed understanding of digital and social media and the potential of mobile platforms. You will be able to demonstrate your creativity and original journalism and understanding of editorial guidelines in particular around politics coverage. You will have a proven track record in news judgment. You will have an awareness of our audiences and how to engage with all communities.
You must have strong editorial judgment and due to the highly sensitive nature of politics, this job requires heightened awareness of the need for impartiality.
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