Reporting Journalists across the Country - News at Nine O'Clock

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Job Introduction

The BBC is launching a new 9pm news programme early next year, and we are hiring a team of journalists around the country to help us bring stories and issues from the whole of Scotland to our audience. We are looking for people who are hungry to get stories, who have a track record in original journalism, a passion for their area of the country and the desire to bring their stories to a national audience. 

The new programme (subject to Ofcom approval) will be a nightly hour-long show (with shorter bulletins at the weekend) bringing Scottish, UK and international news together with the needs of a Scottish audience at the heart of everything we do. We aim to cover the whole world but also cover Scotland better, and these roles will be crucial in doing so. We’re creating additional roles in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. The roles will involve uncovering good stories from your area, finding great contributors with stories of their own, and illustrating national stories.

All of our new roles are as a result of new investment in news in Scotland, which is designed to enhance all of our journalism. The roles will have a focus on the new programme, but will work with existing Newsgathering colleagues on all of our output. 

Role Responsibility

Your role will centre on making sure the best stories from your area appear on the programme, and the people who live there see themselves reflected back in the broadest sense via the programme. We aim to create a programme which shows Scotland in all of its diversity, and all communities in Scotland should feel that the show is for and about them.

You’ll make sure we know about the best stories in your area, you’ll have a hunger for original journalism; you’ll be able to source excellent guest contributors. You’ll be creative in your storytelling – able to report stories using a variety of storytelling techniques – and be equally happy researching and booking guests as reporting their stories yourself. The programme aims to be digital first – you’ll understand how to tell stories for a digital audience and your newsgathering will start with a digital audience front of mind.

You’ll have a deep understanding of the news agenda, and a desire to broaden that agenda for a new audience – you’ll be as comfortable covering a big breaking news story as you would interviewing a local celebrity.  You’ll understand the national agenda and find creative ways of illustrating national news stories, but your real passion will be finding fresh, original stories in your area. You’ll be expected to work alone or with a producer or camera crew, and you’ll need to become confident using all of the technology required to film and edit material for digital and TV. You will be expected to broadcast live and make packaged material. You’ll also be expected to understand and work within the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines. The programme requires its journalists to be able to work until 10 PM. You’ll be expected to focus on the new programme, but will work at times on all of our output. 

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll have a passion for stories, and instinct for original journalism and a real drive to get stories from your area to a national audience. You’ll understand the programme’s target audience, and have a real sense of the sort of stories which will appeal to this audience. You’ll have a good understanding of Scottish news and be able to operate on a breaking news story, a lighter feature or a longer planned film. You’ll be as happy behind the camera as in front of it, but the ability to broadcast live with confidence and authority is vital. You’ll have the energy, creativity and drive to contribute to a nightly, hour-long programme, often involving long days and unsociable hours.

You will be part of a team based in Glasgow as well as around the country, and good communication skills are vital.

You will be based in one of 5 cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee or Inverness.  You will travel and be across your whole patch including urban areas and more remote areas and so you must be able to drive.

The application process. 

Please note this is a two-stage application process. 

Stage 1: Please click 'Apply for this Job' to complete and submit an initial online questionnaire via the Careers Hub.  

Stage 2: If shortlisted, you will be invited to take part in a short video interview.   

You must complete both parts of the application process in order to guarantee consideration. 

Package Description

Proposed CPF Grade C

Base: Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness

Contract: Continuing.  If you are an internal member of staff, we would consider an attachment request. 

Interviews are expected to take place in September 

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC.  We are happy to consider flexible working requests for this vacancy.  Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.  

We anticipate that for the successful candidates, start dates for this role will be staggered through to the end of the year.​

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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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background

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