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Journalism Trainee Scheme 2017

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

Job Introduction

Are you creative, passionate and committed to telling stories to a diverse audience? Do you want to train and work as a journalist with one of the world’s largest broadcasting organisations? If the answer is yes to all of these, then apply to join the Journalism Trainee Scheme – the BBC’s flagship journalism entry and training scheme.

Once a year we choose exceptional people who want to be the BBC’s broadcast journalists of the future. We look for journalists with some experience who want to broaden their broadcasting skills. We also welcome people who want to change career and can show journalistic potential. We especially want to meet applicants who can bring their different life experiences into the BBC’s newsrooms.

If your application is successful we will train you in online, TV and radio news to a high standard and give you valuable experience in the BBC’s newsrooms around the UK. We’ll pay you a salary and you will be mentored by a senior BBC journalist.

If you haven't already done so, take a look at  for further information about this year's Journalism Trainee Scheme. Please ensure that you read all the guidance on completing the application form for this scheme.

Role Responsibility

During your training you will research, write and broadcast news to a high standard to agreed deadlines. You will write text pieces, voice pieces and bulletins for radio news. You will prepare bulletins for television.

You will learn digital skills which will enable you to share your stories across all the BBC’s news platforms, and connect with our audiences across social media. 

In addition to interviewing and reporting in both recorded and live situations, you will produce live and recorded items for TV and radio, suggest news stories and programme ideas on a regular basis and operate technical equipment for all media to the required standard. In addition you’ll develop and maintain contacts and respond professionally to enquiries from the public as well as preparing and reporting the news.


At all times you will exercise editorial judgment, maintain professional standards and stick closely to the BBC’s editorial policies

There is some variation in the above, depending on the particular placements you are selected for.

The Ideal Candidate

You have a passion for news and current affairs and/or sport. You regularly read the BBC's local and national news and sports websites, watch the local and national TV news and keep abreast of news on the radio. You know how important it is to use social media to connect with your audience.

You can already demonstrate strong evidence of your own journalism and creativity and have lots of ideas to make original output. You write quickly, accurately and compellingly under pressure and are aware that strong stories and clear and concise writing are essential elements when it comes to working on TV, radio and online.

You have the potential to report the news fairly, accurately and without bias and be able to bring this to air by perseverance and working well with a wide range of colleagues and contacts.


You relish the challenge of using your own experience to help reflect the diversity of the UK and serve our audiences better. Our journalists need to reflect and understand the audiences we serve - for example, the different geographical regions of the UK, the experience of black and Asian people, socially disadvantaged people and those with disabilities.


You are resilient and have the flexibility to work unsocial hours (including nights and weekends). You are a team player who works well with a wide range of colleagues and members of the public. You are also a self-starter and willing to work on your own initiative when necessary.


Successful applicants need to be able to demonstrate creativity, resilience in a high-pressure environment, and a thorough understanding of the role of the BBC’s journalism.

Package Description

An 11-month fixed term contract paying £20,800 per annum plus a London allowance of £4,560 for those based in the capital.

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.


The BBC Academy is committed to promoting equality and diversity on our schemes and in developing a positive culture where everyone can develop to their full potential across the BBC. To ensure the long-term success of the BBC Academy’s Journalism Trainee Scheme we provide a working and learning environment where each individual’s contribution is valued and where we are safe from discrimination.

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