Media Monitors (BBC Monitoring News Talent Pool) - Freelance
BBC Monitoring (BBCM) provides news and information based on our monitoring of open source media from over 150 countries in more than 70 languages. It is an important part of the BBC's newsgathering operation, with journalists based in the UK and in international bureaux, and provides content for a range of BBC platforms.
Our extensive operation enables us to provide insightful and reliable coverage of political, economic, security and media news.
Our round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, internet and news agencies is also provided to commercial clients and the UK and US governments.
We are recruiting freelance Media Monitors who will contribute to the mission of BBC Monitoring to observe, understand and explain global open source for the UK. You'll work collaboratively to monitor media from a specified region or on a specified topic and contribute to the production and delivery of a consistent and reliable service of news, information and insight on that region or topic from the world's media. You'll maintain, develop and disseminate expert knowledge ensuring that output meets BBC Monitoring's purpose, stakeholder requirements and BBC editorial standards
Are you the right candidate?
You'll need a thorough knowledge of one of the following languages - Bengali, Tamil, Sinhala, Nepali, Marathi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Bhutanese, Dhivehi and Hindi - as well as the ability to translate professionally and in written English to a high standard. You'll need to demonstrate a high level of interest in, and understanding of, news and current affairs of South Asia with a specialisation in politics of the region in which the known language is spoken. You'll need an in-depth knowledge of traditional and social media in the target region, and an awareness of media developments globally with an ability to write, translate and edit copy accurately and quickly.
All opportunities offered, as a result of appointment to this talent pool, will be on a Freelance 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 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 India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan or Nepal.
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