Journalism Researcher, Learning & Identity

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

Job Introduction

BBC Newsgathering is at the heart of BBC News providing news reports, pictures and audio material to all BBC News programmes and services both in the UK and internationally. It provides content for television, radio, online and interactive services which is of the highest possible editorial and technical standard which in turn provides the best value for money for BBC audiences.

Our Across the UK plan will transform BBC News by moving us to a story-led, audience-centric model, increasing the impact of our journalism.  We’ll cover the stories that matter most; ensuring that the BBC is connecting and representing communities, and changing the tone of our news services.  We will continue to be leaders in Live coverage online, and build a modern BBC News experience that is important, relevant and useful for everyone, every time they use it.


Role Responsibility

This is a great role and will give you a real insight into the story team and how we work with a lot of opportunity to develop your skillset at the same time.

As a researcher in the story team, you will play an important role; responsible for providing detailed research on news stories, turning research into concise, accurate and well-written briefs and generate quality ideas and stories suitable for our audience.

You will find good, diverse contributors on a wide range of news and current affairs stories as well as fact-check and research the accuracy of stories before translating into good content on other multimedia platforms.

Good communication skills are vital in order to discuss research and briefing material with the team.


Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will have previous newsroom research experience in TV, Radio or a relevant field with a hunger for finding and researching good news stories, the ability to build up a contacts book bursting with fresh contributors and the tenacity to follow up leads and assist in the creation of original, creative content.

You should have the ability to continually generate fresh ideas and the production flair to help turn those ideas into engaging content.

You will be able to write detailed but succinct briefs and fact-check stories. Attention to detail and a good understanding of the BBC’s values and editorial guidelines is vital.

Package Description

Band: B

Contract: Continuing 

Base: Leeds

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. 

Please note: The application process will require you to upload a CV and complete the online questionnaire.  Additionally, you will be asked to submit your response to two questions over our video interviewing software.  There is no requirement to attach a covering letter or complete the additional careers hub fields (Personal Statement/Skills/Portfolio sections).

The BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across our sites.  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

About the BBC

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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

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