Researcher, News Partnership - BBC Education

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

Job Introduction

Do you want to be part of a small, dynamic team that’s aiming to make a difference to the lives of young people and inspire them to challenge and change the world around them? The News Partnerships team will be looking for creative ways to engage 12-16 year olds with news and news issues and empower them to feel like their voice matters.

The team will deliver campaigns on issues like fake news, echo chambers and how things are shared and consumed online. We will also explain how young people can take charge of their futures by increasing their understanding of how different organisations approach story telling and truth.

Working with BBC Young Reporter the News Partnership also aims to give young people the tools to tell their own stories and provide a gateway to skills, training and future opportunities at the BBC. We’ll help grow involvement in Young Reporter through schools and be part of the annual Young Reporter competition and Festival.

If you’re passionate about young people, are full of creative ideas and want to connect with and inspire those who feel disengaged, unheard or misunderstood then we’d love to hear from you

Role Responsibility

We’re looking for a Researcher to join this exciting project. You’ll need to be creative, proactive and have a genuine passion for engaging with young people who feel like news, and the BBC, might not be for them. A thorough understanding of the platforms that are most popular with 12-16s is essential as well as the ability to come up with a constant stream of ideas. A thorough understanding of social media (particularly Instagram, YouTube and Tik Tok) and an ability to make and edit content for those platforms would be hugely beneficial, as would strong writing skills and a good editorial mind. Experience of news is not essential but a desire to make sense of complex subjects in fun, understandable and engaging ways is.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll be full of ideas with a strong knowledge of the latest trends, issues and platforms in young people’s lives. A good manner in dealing with schools and other teams is needed and the capacity to get your head around the rules and systems for contacting young people and schools. The ability to make and edit content for digital platforms would be a big bonus, as would the potential to self-shoot, but they are not essential. You’ll have a passion for young people, be keen to learn and have a proactive, can do attitude.

Please note: this role requires a relevant DBS check to be undertaken by the BBC at the appropriate level, at the point of offer of a contract of employment.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: 1 x FTC/Attachment - to start Jan – 30th Sept 2022
Location: MediaCityUK, Salford & remote working (hybrid)

Please be aware: Interviews will take place on 15/16/17 December 2021

Please note that the application process will only ask you to upload a CV. Please therefore ensure that your CV highlights as far as possible the above skills and experience

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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