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Journalist, BBC Persian Talent Pool - Freelance PAYE

Job Introduction

BBC News Persian delivers news, current affairs,  documentaries and culture programmes on TV, radio and digital platforms for a weekly audience of over 18 million people. It broadcasts 24/7 from London and its international offices to the Persian (Farsi) speaking world.

BBC News Persian aims to provide access to information, ideas and stories to and from Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.   Through its emphasis on specialist knowledge, international newsgathering, its breadth of programmes and documentaries, BBC News Persian seeks to deliver a broad range of news packages, covering current affairs, arts, science, sports, politics, and business. At the heart of our journalistic efforts are breaking news stories, high quality analysis and accurate, balanced reporting delivered in a fast paced environment and against tight deadlines.

Role Responsibility

We're currently looking for passionate, talented and flexible multimedia Persian (Farsi) speaking journalists to join our pool of paid freelance journalists in London.

The Ideal Candidate

You'll have sharp production and writing skills, both in Persian (Farsi) and English. You will also have some journalism experience. You'll know how to prioritise and use your initiative and meet deadlines - often under pressure. You will need exceptional attention to detail and accuracy. You will need a good knowledge of our editorial agenda and be able to respond to a fast-moving news environment. Candidates should enjoy working to tight deadlines and bring plenty of story, contributor and production ideas to the role. You will be expected to work across our platforms and have an understanding of the different production methods as well as audience needs. You will be comfortable with technology and social media, able to pick up new skills and turn ideas into engaging coverage. Our journalism needs to reflect and understand the audiences we serve. We are therefore actively seeking a very diverse candidate pool.

You will have experience of:

  • Pitching ideas for TV, radio, digital, social media or interactive content
  • Developing new content
  • Finding ways of encouraging existing and potential audiences to engage with our content
  • Operating broadcast equipment and editing software
  • Writing clear and concise material
  • Working in a journalistic environment 

What to expect?
If you are selected to become a part of the Pool, you will be on our list of freelancers who may be asked to work on producing content the period of time we might need you for could range from one days work to up to 12 weeks. Work is not guaranteed and will not be continuous. All candidates will need to demonstrate their valid right to work in the UK.

All candidates need to be prepared to work night shifts if required.

Please note that these opportunities do not relate to specific posts: successful candidates will be considered for shifts / contracts as and when openings become available during the coming months.

Package Description

All opportunities offered, as a result of appointment to this talent pool, will be on a Freelance PAYE basis.

Appointment to the Talent Pool will not entitle candidates to a permanent contract in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work. However, it may lead to consideration for broader freelance opportunities across BBC News.

Any freelance work offered will be carried out at our New Broadcasting House office in Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA.

If you already have a current staff contract with the BBC (continuing or fixed term), you won't be eligible to apply.

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

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 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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

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