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Journalism Researcher, Jihadist Media Team - BBC Monitoring

Job Introduction

At BBC Monitoring, we track, translate, summarise and analyse local media sources to make sense of what is happening on the ground around the world. Our international perspective means we keep across broadcast, press and social media sources in multiple languages, especially where reliable news and information are in short supply. Our extensive operation enables us to provide insightful and reliable coverage of political, economic, security and media news. Our round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, digital media and news agencies is also provided to a wide range of users, including commercial clients.

Role Responsibility

NOTE: Applicants should be aware that the nature of the work involves regular exposure to graphic and at times distressing/disturbing material.

We are recruiting a Journalism Researcher for the Jihadist Media Team who will select, research, create, edit and publish profiles on personalities, organisations and source information from the target area for BBCM’s reference content. Much of the research work and output will be covering jihadist groups as well as Islamist organisations. The media sources are mostly in Arabic.

You'll be proactive and meticulous in making sure that the reference content is comprehensive and current, reprioritising as necessary, and planning for upcoming events in the creation and maintenance of data.

You'll produce timely tip-offs, media reviews, news reports and background information based on the monitoring of vernacular sources from the target area.  You'll also play a role in the planning and strategic development of research as appropriate.  You'll contribute story ideas and new angles on emerging narratives and long-running stories, including from a data perspective.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Fluent in Arabic with excellent writing skills in English, including demonstrable experience of working with editorial copy in English
  • Knowledge of and interest in current affairs in the Middle East and the wider Islamic world
  • Experience of research or journalistic work and databases
  • Experience of working independently, with high self-organisation skills, and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to juggle different tasks and competing priorities

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Continuing
Location: London

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.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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

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

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