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Camera Journalist - Aberdeen

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Job Introduction

Do you have a vision for how to help develop the look and impact of BBC News’ visual output?

Are you passionate about working in a team creating distinctive visual journalism that makes as much impact on your smartphone as it does on your TV?

Are you willing to work into the evenings to make distinctive contributions to the new nightly news programme, The Nine?

The programme will take a fresh look at how news stories are covered across Scotland, and we are looking for a creative, skilled and ambitious camera journalist to become part of our enlarged team based in Aberdeen to help shape and sustain this vision.

You’ll help deliver compelling, distinctive visual content on the stories from the country’s diverse communities, including for many people who’ve not engaged with the BBC’s output before.  Critical to this will be a hunger to shed light on under-reported stories in your local area, as we strive to appeal to an ever-broader audience.

Working closely with our newly recruited reporter, you’ll aim to create agenda-setting digital content as well as impactful broadcast journalism.  Being a key part of making this happen will be challenging, but promises to be very rewarding too.

You’ll also cover breaking stories in the North East for the new programme as the show’s on air.

Role Responsibility

You will shoot, edit or plan content, sometimes on-the-day when stories break but more regularly on a forward planning basis.

You’ll be a proficient newsgatherer, with an understanding of the key principles involved and knowledge of the technical advances in this field.

You’ll need to become proficient in our technical broadcast systems – so you can use our electronic running orders, film and edit pictures and create graphics.

You’ll work well under pressure and know how to cope when news breaks, and you’ll be able to become confident in a live news environment. You’ll become well versed in the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines, and understand BBC News’ need for impartiality.

Are you the right candidate?

First and foremost, you’ll be a skilled and creative operator of broadcast or other camera equipment.  You’ll bring energy, ideas, and flair for television to the role. An eye for good television and digital news and an instinct for distinctive visual storytelling are vital.

You’ll ideally have a track record in original journalism, or be able to demonstrate the desire to find original stories, a creative and fresh approach, and a great attitude. Your ability to work well in a small, co-dependent team and also with the wider newsroom you’re based in is vital.

You’ll have a track record of making great films for broadcast and digital platforms. You’ll be confident using a camera and be able to edit. Through these skills, you’ll provide a representative visual and audio account of events. You’ll have a proven enthusiasm for news, solid news judgement and a track record for how to cover stories for visual media.

You’ll need to be energetic and robust to deal with the demands of a daily news programme and be able to show us your ability to work well under pressure and know how to cope when news breaks. You’ll understand the need to develop new and distinctive ways of telling stories that represent the whole of Scotland. You should have a good knowledge of and interest in Scotland’s politics and constitutional position.

You’ll be prepared to work flexibly and according to the demands of a daily news programme which broadcasts in the evening.   You’ll also work regular weekends as part of a wider rota.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from people who might bring a different perspective and widen the agenda of BBC news. A full driving licence is essential.

Package Description

Grade: CPF grade C

Base: Aberdeen

Contract: Continuing. If you are an internal member of staff, we will consider a request for attachment.

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC as it can create a range of employment opportunities to suit both changing operational needs and the needs of individuals.  We will, therefore, consider flexible working requests for this vacancy.   Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.  

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Any offer of employment will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK


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