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Q1 Work Experience Opportunities in London within News & Journalism

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Job Introduction

Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within News & Journalism. If you’re interested in Radio & Television news, broadcast production, newsgathering techniques and getting some great practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.

The BBC is responsible for the production of news across all Networks including World Service.

Role Responsibility

Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of News & Journalism across programming, reporting and editing. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.

During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in. 

The Ideal Candidate

What we’re looking for

We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In News & Journalism we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.

We work at a fast pace. So you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.

We take our jobs seriously, and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about News & Journalism and are prepared to work hard, ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.


You don’t need a media qualification to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Radio and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.

Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of. Remember to use the portfolio section to upload any examples of your work. 

We have placements available in the following areas:

BBC Arabic (2 week placement - over 18)

The BBC Arabic Roula Ayoubi Work Experience programme offers placements in our busy multi-platform Newsroom, working alongside one of our output teams.

BBC Hausa Service (over 18)

The BBC Hausa Service broadcasts a daily mix of news and current affairs programmes through radio, TV and digital (online and mobile) platforms to very large and audiences in West Africa and beyond. It has a weekly radio audience of 23 million and 1.5 million Facebook followers. Its contents are originated from London and Abuja, Nigeria.

Daily News Programmes - Radio 4 and World Service (over 18)

Where you could work with various programme teams, from Newshour, Newsday and World Have Your Say on the BBC World Service, to World at One and PM on Radio 4. You’ll be expected to contribute ideas, help find interviewees and brief presenters. A great opportunity to experience working on live radio news programmes. Evidence of interest in international news and knowledge and of at least one foreign language a definite advantage. 

BBC Radio Specials, Millbank (over 18)

BBC Radio Specials is offering a placement focused on long-form radio documentary and feature making. Based in the BBC’s Political Programmes Department in Millbank, we produce programmes for Radio 4 and BBC World Service on a wide variety of subjects. Someone placed with us may be involved in researching stories, thinking through the editorial scope of documentaries, attending interviews, editing audio and preparing programmes for broadcast. They may also be able to work on the Radio 4 series Four Thought and FutureProofing.

BBC Live Political Programmes (over 18)

A work experience placement at Live Political Programmes will include watching the Daily Politics, Sunday Politics, Andrew Marr Show and Westminster Hour broadcast live. The student will go out with a reporter on a story, watch the filming and editing. You may get a chance to help research stories, fix guests and write interview briefs for the Daily Politics programme.

TV Current Affairs, London (over 18)

Current Affairs TV is part of the News Directorate.  We produce long-form programmes for all the channels, and work very closely with our Current Affairs counterparts in the digital and radio world of journalism. Our two main strands are “Panorama” and “This World”, but we also produce one-off specials and series for BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3: from light-hearted subjects, to in-depth analysis.

BBC Monitoring (Caversham Park, Reading - over 18)

BBC Monitoring (BBCM) monitors 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 on political, economic, security and media news through round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, digital media and news agencies. It is also provided to commercial and other clients.

You will gain experience researching stories on the News Desk or helping organise events and speakers with the admin and logistics team. Knowledge of languages other than English is required, particularly Arabic, Russian, Persian, Pashto, Dari, Hindi, Urdu.  Knowledge of the media landscape in some of the countries where these languages are spoken would be useful, as would an understanding of social media platforms

Good Food Guide (over 18)

The successful candidate will love everything about the food world from cooking to going out and join the Good Food brand for work experience. We work in teams across the brand including print, digital, video and social. We work at a fast pace with daily, weekly and monthly deadlines, so you’ll need to be enthusiastic and up for chopping and changing what needs doing daily. During your time with us you may work in the office to research (content and pictures) and write small pieces of text, or help out in our test kitchen or visit a video or photography studio. There is also quite likely to be eating and drinking involved, from new products to recipe tests.

Product Management - Business Analysis (0ver 18)

The News Product team helps BBC News build websites and apps that people want to use. We work with a range of technology and editorial teams to understand our audience and create brilliant ways for hundreds of millions of people round the world to get free, impartial news on their phone or computer

Systems & Service Delivery Team (over 18)

Systems & Service Delivery engages with BBC News teams to set the technology strategy, investment and delivery of major project, system and workflow initiatives. We look to make things simpler to use, easier to roll out and affordable to provide across all News areas in the UK and overseas. The work covers aspects of technology from commissioning programs through to making them, publishing and broadcasting them across our online, mobile, TV and radio platforms.   

Projects & Change Team (Over 18)

The Projects and Change team in News Products and Systems deliver a wide range of projects across virtually the whole of the BBC’s global estate. As well as our work in the BBC’s London HQ, we currently have in flight projects in Lagos, Nairobi, Taunton, Tashkent, Reading and Sao Paulo to name but a few. Our projects involve building and testing new production facilities; website development and the introduction of new technologies and systems. You would work closely with one of our project managers, gaining first-hand experience of project delivery in a dynamic, fast moving media environment, helping to ensure that our projects are delivered to time, budget and quality.

Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.

What happens to my application after I submit it?

We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.

Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.

Package Description

  • Work Experience duration 3-10 days (dependent on the placement)
  • Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
  • Opportunities available throughout January, February and March 2018

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