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Extend - BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme

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Job Introduction

Are you creative, passionate and committed to telling stories to a diverse audience? Do you want to train and work as a journalist in one of the world’s largest broadcasting organisations? If the answer is yes to all of these, then apply to join the Journalism Trainee Scheme – the BBC’s flagship journalism entry and training scheme.

Once a year we choose exceptional people who want to be the BBC’s broadcast journalists of the future. We look for journalists with some experience who want to broaden their broadcasting skills. But creative career-switchers who have evidence of their journalism potential are also welcome. We especially want to meet applicants who can bring their different life experiences into the BBC’s newsrooms.

If your application is successful we will train you in online, TV and radio news to a high standard, and give you valuable experience in the BBC’s newsrooms around the UK. We’ll pay you a salary and you will be mentored by a senior BBC journalist

If you haven't already done so, take a look at for further information about this year's Journalism Trainee Scheme. Please ensure that you read all the guidance on completing the application form for this scheme

Role Responsibility

During your training you will learn find, research, write, share and broadcast news to a high standard and within agreed deadlines. You will write text pieces, voice pieces and bulletins for radio news; prepare and present bulletins for local TV, prepare online and interactive stories.

You will learn digital skills which will enable you to share your stories across all the BBC’s news platforms, and connect with our audiences across social media.

In addition to interviewing and reporting in both recorded and live situations, you will produce live and recorded items for TV and radio, suggest news stories and programme ideas on a regular basis and operate technical equipment for all media to the required standard. In addition you’ll develop and maintain contacts and respond professionally to enquiries from the public as well as preparing and reporting the news.

At all times you will exercise editorial judgment, maintain professional standards and stick closely to the BBC’s editorial policies

There is some variation in the above, depending on the particular placements you are selected for.

Are you the right candidate?

You have a passion for news and current affairs and/or sport.You regularly read the BBC's local and national news and sports websites, watch TV news and keep abreast of news on the radio. You know how important it is to use social media to both improve your journalism and connect with your audience.

You can already demonstrate strong evidence of your own journalism and creativity and have lots of ideas to make original output. You write quickly, accurately and compellingly under pressure and are aware that strong stories and clear and concise writing are essential elements of TV and radio programmes, and of internet journalism.

You have the potential to report the news fairly, accurately and without bias and be able to bring this to air by perseverance and working well with a wide range of colleagues and contacts.

You relish the challenge of using your own experience to help us reflect the diversity of the UK and serve our audience better. Our journalists need to reflect and understand the audiences we serve - for example, the different geographical regions of the UK, the experience of black and Asian people, socially disadvantaged people and those with disabilities.

You are resilient and have the flexibility to work unsocial hours (including nights and weekends). You are a team player who works well with a wide range of colleagues and members of the public. You are also a self-starter and willing to work on your own initiative when necessary.

Successful applicants need to be able to demonstrate creativity, resilience in a high-pressure environment, and a thorough understanding of the role of the BBC’s journalism.

For Disabled Candidates who are experiencing technical difficulties accessing the application document or requiring reasonable adjustments during the assessment process, please contact the Recruitment Team for further assistance.

About the BBC

The BBC Academy is committed to promoting Equality and Diversity among our Trainees and developing a positive culture where everyone can develop to their full potential across BBC divisions. We provide a working and learning environment where every individual’s contribution to the long-term success of the BBC Academy’s Trainee Schemes is valued and where we are safe from discrimination. We welcome and encourage applications from people from all different backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as staff from these specific groups are currently under represented within the BBC.


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