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Journalism Researcher (Picture Researcher), Digital Current Affairs

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

Job Introduction

If you want to be part of the BBC’s drive to increase engagement with younger audiences (under-35s), this could be the job for you.

The digital current affairs department is looking for a talented, creative researcher for its picture desk. The desk sits at the heart of the BBC News website’s daily visual output, but it also originates and commissions high-impact photography features across a range of issues and topics. It has also been instrumental in experimenting with new ways of telling stories.

We want to increase the output of that innovative visual storytelling, and need a researcher who is brimming with original ideas and has a passion for thought-provoking content that gives young people a voice. You will be able to demonstrate the importance of visual content to a younger audience and be able to tap into their lives and conversations to find the things that really matter to them.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

Role Responsibility

  • Suggest, develop and research appropriate ideas
  • Present your ideas at editorial meetings, ensuring that you are confident they can work in a visual format
  • Liaise with the picture editors and photographers
  • Liaise with contributors where required
  • Provide in-depth background/subject research, ensuring accuracy and critically evaluating the relevance and trustworthiness of interviewees and information 
  • Monitor performance on social media channels and use content production tools such as Photoshop
  • Work independently as well as part of a team
  • Fact-check, and ensure BBC Editorial Guidelines are adhered to
  •  Source and clear material for publishing.

Are you the right candidate?

  • An understanding of social media’s role in surfacing and sharing stories, as well as experience of monitoring social media channels
  • Excellent visual awareness and the ability to grasp opportunities to tell visual stories on different platforms 
  • Experience of editorial-led research and a good grasp of current affairs and topical news stories
  • A proven ability to locate relevant sources of information, contributors or other assets using initiative, perseverance and persuasion
  • Thorough knowledge of Photoshop, or another similar picture editing software

Package Description

Band B

Contract: 12 month FTC/Attachment

 Base: London

Intended interview dates: w/c 10th December, 2018

 Job share and part-time applications are welcome for this role.  Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application. 

Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract.  You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and not have been on an attachment in the last 12 months. You will also need permission from your line manager.  You can find out more on our attachments page. 

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

About the BBC

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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. 

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