Women are currently under-represented in BBC Sport and this positive action initiative (as defined under the Equality Act 2010) is one part of our commitment to address that.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with strong and demonstrable interest in sports journalism (through a qualification and/or experience) to join BBC Sport for twelve months and work in a trainee capacity across our multi-platform output. This opportunity is not a guarantee of a job and is aimed at those who are at the early stages of their career.
We are passionate about recruiting and developing the best journalists to work for BBC Sport and we have brilliant teams working on some of the best sporting events in the world. We have created this traineeship as we want to continue to provide award winning content and services and can only keep doing that if we remain at the forefront of sports programming – and part of achieving that is to have fresh and diverse voices in our teams.
As part of this role you will be expected to:
- Find and research news stories and programme items
- Write voice pieces, bulletins and programme items, exercising editorial judgement, maintaining professional standards and sticking to BBC editorial policies
- Interview and report in the studio or on location.
- Prepare online and interactive stories
- Produce live and recorded items for TV, radio and online
- Suggest news story and programme ideas on a regular basis
- Operate technical equipment where required, to the required standard
- At all times to carry out duties in line with health and safety guidelines.
- At all times to carry out duties in line with BBC values and editorial guidelines
The Ideal Candidate
- Recently qualified journalist (within last 12 months) eg. NCTJ or BJTC qualified or someone with demonstrable experience and interest in journalism eg. through student magazines, community or hospital radio, blogging, work experience at a local newspaper
- A passion for and good knowledge of a wide range of sports
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to tell a story in a clear and engaging way
- Ability to exercise good judgement when selecting and writing or recording reports, remaining mindful of BBC editorial policy and legal issues
- Ability (or willingness to learn) to use broadcast technology
- Understanding of different audiences and coming up with creative and interesting ways to engage them
- Strong research skills – including using the internet
- Understanding of social media and being able to effectively and positively utilise it in your work
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Please make sure you include the following points in your application:
1. Please produce a preview piece on a future women’s sport event that takes place over the next few months. This can be written, filmed or an audio piece.
- Audio and video should be no more than two minutes long
- Written previews should be no more than 500 words long
2. Why should we give you a place on this scheme? What would you bring to the BBC and BBC Sport?
3. Please tell us about your experience related to journalism (for example blogging, writing for newspapers). If you don’t have any specific journalistic experience is there anything else that might demonstrate your drive and potential?
4. The BBC makes programmes for every part of the UK population and for a wide range of Sports. How do you think we could connect with an under-served audience? With this audience in mind please suggest an idea for a sports news story and explain how it would work on radio, TV and online?