Journalist, Investigations & Longreads (BBC Russian)

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Job Introduction

BBC Russian Service is one of the largest language services in the BBC World Service.  It has a 24/7 multiplatform website and a large amount of video, interactive and audio content including two radio programmes.  Its staff is mostly located in London and Moscow, and a large part of the output is from the Moscow bureau.

The service’s output aims to make international news relevant to a Russian audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on Russian and FSU developments. It aims to report in a lively and engaging fashion, and interactivity, promotion of content on social media and social newsgathering form a large part of its activities across all platforms.

We have an opportunity for three experienced, versatile journalists with a proven track record of breaking big stories who can comfortably work across all multiple subject areas and formats (longreads and investigations).  These vacancies will be based in our Moscow bureau.

Role Responsibility

Your role is to produce special reports and investigations, ensuring that they meet the BBC’s editorial standards and are legally compliant.  You will pitch story ideas with a clear dramatic conflict, ensuring the content meets the highest standards of language and audio-visual expressiveness, composition and drama of multimedia journalism.  You will be expected to perform English translations of stories, where appropriate.  You will utilise your skills in investigative approaches, including data journalism and FOI as well as using a wide range of contacts. 

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable background in an investigative journalistic role, with a track record of delivering high impact special reports and investigations.  You will be fluent in Russian (both written and spoken) and have a good command of English language.  You will be able to demonstrate your knowledge of different investigative approaches, including FOI requests.  Excellent knowledge of Russian political, social, cultural and historical issues is important.  You will have practical experience in data journalism, especially in Open Source Intelligence skills.  Access to a wide range of relevant contacts is key.  You will have a good working knowledge of production and reporting techniques suitable to long form content on TV, digital video, online and other platforms.  Experience of live broadcasting, interviewing and reporting and preparing packages is a distinct advantage.

Package Description

Location: Moscow

Contract: continuing x 3

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment is conditional upon you having the right to work in Russia

About the Company

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