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Journalist (Data), BBC Look North

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Job Introduction

BBC Look North and BBC Yorkshire are looking for a creative data journalist to join the newsroom. The successful candidate will join the BBC Yorkshire Impact Team, which makes original and exclusive news stories for online, television and radio, with much of our content being used by BBC network outlets. The data you uncover, filter and verify must be robust and accurate enough to be used by any BBC outlet - from BBC Radio Leeds, to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, or the flagship 6 o'clocknews programme on BBC1.

Role Responsibility

You will generate ideas for data-driven stories and for how they might be developed and visualized,exploringthose ideas using statistical tools and present them to wider stakeholders from a non-statistical background.

You will report on and analyse data in a way that contributes to telling compelling stories on an array of news platforms and willcollaborate with reporters, editors, designers and developers to bring those stories to publication.

You will use statistical tools to identify significant data trends anddevelop a thorough understanding of the BBC Yorkshire aims and the part this job plays in meeting them.

Are you the right candidate?

Our ideal candidate will have substantial journalism experience and be a self-starter, brimming with original ideas on how to best apply data-driven journalism. An ability to accurately analyse figures, statistics and data sources is essential.

The successful candidate will have a flair for plucking stories from the numbers, and explaining the data clearly for use by television, radio and online. You will be eager to finds ways to complement news stories, when appropriate, or to identify original stories that can be carried by all outlets. You will be able to delve beneath headline figures and then confidently and succinctly explain the fuller picture to our audiences as well as other colleagues from the Yorkshire region.

You will be excited about developing the way that data is interpreted and presented online via desktop, tablet and mobile as well as on TV. You should be able to present your analysed data in a compelling and clear manner to senior colleagues and programme makers. The successful candidate will be able to use charts, graphs and graphics to help explain them in a compelling way that will get others sharing them. We are concerned with data visualisation not just numbers.

You will be able to work closely and productively with journalists from across BBC Look North and BBC online, as well as with web developers and technical designers, to achieve the very best data journalism, and to deliver it in an engaging and creative way across all platforms, including social media.

You will need to be able to demonstrate your ability workingto tight and demanding deadlines. An experience of turning data into television, radio or online is an advantage.

You will be focused on creating content that will engage our regional audience, providing them with useful, and where possible, personalised information.

You will ideally be able to write copy for online, by analysing figures and spotting a story.

The successful candidate will be based in Leeds and work closely with the BBC Yorkshire Impact Team, working on original and exclusive stories that lead programmes, which other media then follow.

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: 12 Month FTC/Attachment

Location: Leeds

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.

Were 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.

  • Excellent career progression the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.?

About the BBC

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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 thats 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. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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