Digital Journalism Trainee, India

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

Job Introduction

BBC World Service is one of the world's leading news broadcasters. We are currently available in 42 languages, including English. The World Service reaches more than 60 million people in India weekly through its websites, TV, radio, mobile and social media. Our Indian Languages hub in Delhi is our biggest bureau in Asia, with services creating content in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Punjabi as well as digital teams and a range of TV programmes.

About the India Trainee Scheme

You will join the BBC as a Digital Journalism Trainee, assisting one of the Indian Languages teams (Gujarati/Hindi/Marathi/Punjabi/Tamil/Telugu) in producing content in text and digital formats.

You do not need any journalism experience before you start but you must be able to demonstrate your interest (for example, a qualification in journalism or a related subject).

You will be trained on digital journalism, including how to write stories for websites and produce digital elements.

Should you complete your traineeship successfully, you will be skilled to apply for journalism roles within the BBC and in other media organisations.

There is no guarantee of a job at the end of the scheme.

It will take place remotely, based on the Work from Home model. However, if the Covid-19 situation and local government restrictions permit, you will spend the first two weeks working with the BBC teams in the Delhi bureau.

Role Responsibility

As a Trainee, we would expect you to perform tasks including:

  • Generate ideas and stories; contribute to the creative treatment of an item or programme; provide clear treatments and proposals ensuring consistency of content, quality and style.
  • Carry out in-depth background/subject research for all media, ensuring complete accuracy and critically evaluating the relevance and suitability of the information.
  • To work closely with the team before, during and after the output production.
  • Build and maintain contact lists and databases; research and compile source data into briefs for journalists or presenters.
  • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.
  • Under supervision from producers or team editors, to publish, moderate and cross-promote content that has already been broadcast or published on BBC social media accounts.
  • To help producers assemble Internet pages to include text production, editing, selecting photos and videos.
  • To help producers source, record and edit material for digital output.
  • To select, translate, edit and publish contributions to BBC output, and contribute suggestions for the treatment of stories in line with BBC guidelines, and under supervision.
  • To assist in online production, interactive programmes, recordings, transmissions and where required limited operational duties, under supervision.
  • Undergo comprehensive editorial, technical and other role-related training.
  • Following training, to be responsible for the simple operation of a variety of equipment.
  • At all times to carry out duties in accordance with the BBC health and safety policy.

The Ideal Candidate

We would like to hear from you if you are a recent media graduate/post-graduate from marginalised and ethnic groups and are keen to tell stories about them, which are underrepresented in Indian and international media. Your ideas can help us reach new audiences who may feel that news content is not meant for them.

You have demonstrable interest to train in BBC journalism and must be excellent in at least one of these languages (both spoken and written): Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Tamil or Telugu. Knowledge of written and spoken English will be an advantage.

You are a creative storyteller who is curious about the world around you with keen interest in the digital media market and are able to offer unique story ideas for at least one marginalised section of Indian society.

You are a recent graduate/post-graduate in journalism/mass communication/media studies or related subjects with either no experience or up to two years. Having relevant experience in media research in TV, radio, print or online, including the ability to identify key ideas, debates and issues within a field would be an advantage.

This is a role which supports the production of stories about people from marginalised and ethnic groups which are underrepresented in Indian and international media. 

Package Description

Contract type: 3 Months Fixed Term Contract
Location: Work from Home with first 2 weeks in Delhi if the Covid-19 situation permits.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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