Journalists and Journalism Researchers – Freelance Talent Pool – Politics Story Team, BBC News

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Job Introduction

The Politics Story Team brings together all the BBC’s political coverage, based in our exciting newsroom in Westminster. It includes our political newsgathering team working alongside the BBC’s political correspondents, political programmes including Politics Live and The Andrew Marr Show, politics online, the BBC Parliament channel and elections team. The Politics Story Team aims to deliver original political journalism, build audiences for our content, increase the impact of our stories across all platforms and programmes and improve the diversity of our content and teams. We are creating a talent pool of Journalists and Journalism Researchers on a freelance basis who we can contact to work with us, including at key moments in the political year. Successful candidates may be asked to work in one or more of the department’s teams.


Role Responsibility

We are looking for Journalists and Journalism Researchers who want to help us not only cover what is happening in Westminster, but how that affects the everyday lives of people and communities across the UK.  If that interests you then apply to join our talent freelance pool to work across the BBC’s Politics Story Team.  Please let us know in your application whether you think you are more suited to  join us as a Journalist or Researcher. You will work in one or more of the unit’s teams on a variety of assignments, depending on the department’s needs and your specific skills and experience, which we will discuss with you if successful. 

Journalist responsibilities 

There are a wide range of freelance Journalist roles within the Politics Story Team. Opportunities include: 

• Working within the newsroom as a Producer helping us cover on-the-day developments, breaking news, and longer term stories. This could include guest bidding, conducting interviews, writing copy, setting up filming, and helping political correspondents package for TV and radio bulletins. 

• Working on our politics programmes including Politics Live on BBC2, The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 and Westminster Hour on Radio 4.  Politics Live is broadcast from our studio in our Westminster newsroom. This could include writing interview briefs and briefing presenters, fixing guests for the show, and helping plan and produce content for future programmes. 

• Working within the online team to write stories for the BBC website and live pages. 

Journalism Researcher responsibilities 

There are also a wide range of freelance roles within the Politics Story Team for Journalism Researchers. Opportunities include: 

• Working in our Analysis and Research team to help to explain policy and political developments for colleagues across the Politics Story Team and BBC News. This could include researching Government announcements, writing briefs, and helping answer questions for presenters, correspondents, and BBC News programmes. 

- Working on BBC Parliament. This could include monitoring parliamentary debates and select committees, and captioning proceedings.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be interested in UK politics and how what happens in Westminster matters to people’s lives everywhere. You will have fresh ideas about how we should cover these issues, so that we are engaging people in political stories. You may have some experience in journalism already but, depending on your skills and experience, it may not be essential. You will be enthusiastic about working in a busy newsroom at the heart of BBC News. If these roles appeal to you, then we would love you to apply! 

Successful candidates will receive support and training to use the BBC systems and software we use in our newsrooms.  

Package Description

Band: Journalist - Band C / Journalism Researcher - Band B
Contract type:  Freelance Talent Pool
Location:  London

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.

If you already have a current continuing staff contract with the BBC, you won’t be eligible to apply, but if you currently work for the BBC on a fixed term contract or freelance basis, you are eligible to apply, as the pool will be used for future freelance opportunities.

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

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