Journalism Researcher x 2, News Podcasts

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Job Introduction

We’re recruiting two Journalism Researcher roles for the BBC’s dynamic News Pod team. We’re looking for researchers with loads of potential, who are passionate about working on podcasts.

The team currently produce News Pods like Newscast (published daily, including a TV version every Thursday), and Americast (published once a week). You may be asked to work on our other pods including ‘If You Don’t Know’ and a new news pod in conjunction with Radio 4. News Pods is part of a new department called Long Form Audio. News Pod journalism researcher roles are suitable for anyone keen to progress in BBC News, who wants to be at the heart of an exciting and developing team, working with some of the biggest and best presenters in BBC News.  

News Pods is part of the Long Form Audio department. LFA produces a range of output for Radio 4, World Service Radio, 5 Live and BBC Sounds – including strands like Ouch, People Fixing the World, Witness History, From Our Own Correspondent, File on 4, Profile, More or Less, The Inquiry and The Climate Question.  LFA also makes a large number of ad hoc series, including the podcasts  I’m Not a Monster, Bad Cops and The Lazarus Heist. Our editorial focus is on adding value to the news agenda through investigations, analysis, context-setting, production flair, human-focussed narratives and story-telling techniques.  We produce complementary video, online and social media output to reach a wider audience.

Role Responsibility

You will work closely with team to identify, discover and develop new podcast/digital talent from across the UK and contribute to the development of creative treatments and proposals by carrying out in-depth background/subject research, ensuring complete accuracy and critically evaluating the relevance and suitability of information in order to compile source data into briefs for journalists or presenters.

You will support the production team before, during and after the podcast production including writing/editing scripts, editing and recording audio and production of other material required.

Part of your role will be identifying, developing, and creating podcasts with a range of new potential short form content ideas. Working with other teams within the BBC, you will originate and develop innovative new ideas.

You will identify and secure suitable guests and contributors - delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining high editorial standards and ensure that all relevant copyrights and contracts have been cleared and ensure that content meets legal and editorial guidelines.

Are you the right candidate?

Our ideal candidate will have previous experience working in daily journalism and be passionate about the relevance and importance of podcasting and its role as a major way of publishing content to our audiences.  Experienced in podcast making, you will be skilled in long-form audio production / podcasts, including recording and editing audio.

We are looking for someone with evidence of strong people skills and the ability to adapt communication style to suit a range of relationships with experience using those communication methods to find and connect with difficult-to-reach contributors and conduct pre-interviews with them, occasionally having to think sensitively when dealing with vulnerable and/or reluctant contributors.

You will have experience of researching complex subjects with the ability to evaluate information and the writing skills to translate into clear briefs.

You should be able to demonstrate your creative skills, generating ideas for compelling content that will achieve impact for journalism beyond original audio output, including digital platforms.

You will be able to work well independently or as part of a team and have excellent organisation skills, and knowledge of delivering multiple pieces of simultaneous content on time and to brief within a busy schedule.

Additionally, we are looking for someone that can demonstrate their commitment to diversity in all its forms both on and off-air. 

Package Description

Band: B

Contract: 2 X 6 Month FTC/Attachments

Base: London

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.  To apply for an attachment, you need to have sought approval from your line manager. 

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 that the application process will require you to upload a CV and complete the online questionnaire(s). There is no requirement to attach a covering letter or complete the additional careers hub fields (Personal Statement/Skills/Portfolio sections).

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