Journalist, Shared Data Unit (Birmingham)

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

Job Introduction

As part of the BBC’s Local News Partnerships, the Shared Data Unit brings together experienced BBC data journalists alongside reporters seconded from the wider local news industry. 

The team is looking for a creative data journalist (computer-assisted reporter) to boost its data journalism output.

This role sits within a team of data specialists sited within the BBC producing content, tools and delivering training skills for the wider local news industry and BBC audiences.

You will work alongside the core team and attachees from industry partners to source engaging stories from public data sources, which can serve a BBC homepage audience and scale down regionally to satisfy the audience needs of local partners.

Role Responsibility

  • To generate original ideas for impactful data-driven investigations that will resonate with  regional audiences and the wider BBC
  • To report on and analyse data in a way that contributes to telling compelling stories on an array of news platforms. 

To explore and summarize data using relational database software.

  • To visualize and to find patterns in spatial data using GIS software.
  • To use statistical tools to identify significant data trends.
  • To monitor data releases from public authorities and other sources for potential stories, and be across developments in the field of data journalism

The Ideal Candidate

You will be a self-starter, brimming with story ideas, adept at handling datasets and statistics and have the expertise to delve beneath the headline figures to deliver the whole story to our audiences.  

You will be expected to have your own original ideas on how best to engage our audience with original data-driven journalism

You will be able to crunch the data yourself and be able to work with designers and developers to create content that will engage our audience.

You will have knowledge of, and experience, of retrieving data from open sources, as well as experience of using web scraping tools

Required experience

  • A good understanding of statistics and statistical analysis.
  • A strong grasp of how to clean, parse and query data as well as database management. 
  • Demonstrable experience of visualising data and using visualisation tools 
  • A very good knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Desirable experience

  • Knowledge of languages such as SQL and / or R
  • A knowledge of basic scripting and HTML, as it might pertain to data visualization or data analysis
  • Experience negotiating with public officials for data and open records and should have experience of gathering information via Freedom of Information requests.
  • Web scraping tools

Package Description

Band: C

12 month attachment/fixed term full-time contract

Location: The Mailbox, Birmingham

You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract, a casual contract or freelance contract and you have worked continuously for 6 months.

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.

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. 

  • 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 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, sexuality, social 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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