Senior Broadcast Journalist (Data), BBC Look North

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

Job Introduction

BBC Look North and BBC Yorkshire are looking for a creative data journalist. The successful candidate will work with the regional Impact Team, developing original and exclusive stories that lead programmes, which other media then follow. The data journalist will take a senior role in the team, offering this specialist knowledge to all outlets at BBC Yorkshire.  

Role Responsibility

  • To generate ideas for data-driven stories and for how they might be developed and visualized.
  • To explore those ideas using statistical  tools – and present them to wider stakeholders from a non-statistical background.
  • To report on and analyse data in a way that contributes to telling compelling stories on an array of news platforms. 
  • To collaborate with reporters, editors, designers and developers to bring those stories to publication.
  • To use statistical tools to identify significant data trends.
  • To develop a thorough understanding of the BBC Yorkshire aims and the part this job plays in meeting them.
  • Experience of turning data into television, radio or online is essential.
  • A confident broadcasting style and ability to appear on air as required is essential.

Are you the right candidate?

You will be an experienced journalist and self-starter, brimming with original ideas on how to best apply data-driven journalism. An ability to accurately analyse and handle figures, statistics and data sources is essential.

The successful candidate will have a flair for plucking stories from the numbers, and explaining the data clearly for use by television, radio and online. You will be eager to finds ways to complement news stories, when appropriate, or to identify original stories that can be carried by all outlets. You will be able to delve beneath headline figures and then confidently and succinctly explain the fuller picture to our audiences as well as other colleagues from the Yorkshire region.

You will be excited about developing the way that data is interpreted and presented online via desktop, tablet and mobile as well as on TV. You should be able to present your analysed data in a compelling and clear manner to senior colleagues and programme makers. The successful candidate will be able to use charts, graphs and graphics to help explain them in a compelling way that will get others sharing them. We are concerned with data visualisation not just numbers.

You will be able to work closely and productively with journalists from across BBC Look North and BBC News online, and BBC Local Radio as well as with web developers and technical designers, to achieve the very best data journalism, and to deliver it in an engaging and creative way across all platforms, including social media.              

You will need to be able to work to tight and demanding deadlines.  An experience of turning data into television, radio or online is an advantage.

You will be focused on creating content that will engage our regional audience, providing them with useful, and where possible, personalised information and you will be able to write copy for online, by analysing figures and spotting a story.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  1. A good understanding of statistics and statistical analysis.
  2. A strong grasp of how to interrogate data sources for strong stories. 
  3. Demonstrable experience of working to tight deadlines.
  4. A good knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  5. A strong grasp of how to clean, parse and query data as well as database management.
  6. Demonstrable experience of visualising data and using visualisation tools such as SPSS, SAS, Tableau, Refine and Fusion Tables.
  7. Understanding of open data sources and information that can be acquired through Freedom of Information requests.
  8. Track-record of bringing long-term journalistic projects to fruition.

Good knowledge of the diverse communities who BBC Yorkshire serves.

Package Description

- Grade 8D

- Continuing contract

- Based, Leeds

- Job share and Part-time applications are welcome for this role. Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.


- You are eligible to apply for this role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract or a BBC Fixed Term contract (with 6 months continuous service).

- If you are on a casual or freelance contract you can apply subject to evidence that you have worked at the BBC continuously for 6 months. You should detail these dates in your application. 

- If you have worked for less than 6 months continuously, you must have Divisional HR approval to apply for an internal role. If you are unsure which contract you are on, please speak to your Line Manager or BBC HR on 0370 024 3477. 

  Any applications from ineligible candidates will not be considered.

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