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Senior Camera Journalist

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

Job Introduction

The News and Current Affairs department at BBC Scotland is looking for someone with the skills to be the Senior Camera Journalist based in our Dundee office. Although this will be your base, you should expect to travel widely across Scotland and the UK and you may be asked to work abroad on occasions.

Dundee is home to a highly motivated team of journalists and you’ll have highly-developed people skills. Working in this environment with multi-skilled colleagues will require the confidence to make decisions both at base and in the field and the ability to positively manage relationships when there’s pressure on to deliver content.

*Please note that the job description attached is the general Senior Journalist job description. Please refer to the advert for details on the role*

Role Responsibility

You’ll routinely shoot, edit and use our live vehicles and broadcast equipment to bring the news to all of our audiences across Scotland and the UK.

Your camera skills will be highly developed. You’ll have the edit skills to deliver content from the field and the office and you’ll be confident in meeting tight deadlines. BBC Scotland uses Avid Media Composer edit systems and you’ll be able to demonstrate that you can deliver even when time is against you. It will be an advantage to be a skilled user of Avid edit software.

The department has a range of live broadcast facilities including backpacks using mobile-bonded technology and our fleet of VSAT vehicles and connected edit vans. We anticipate that you’ll be very confident and experienced in a live broadcasting environment with a track record to prove this.

We’re looking for someone with a willingness to embrace established, new and emerging technology to best serve our audiences on TV, radio and digital platforms.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will be confident, full of ideas, able to regularly contribute imaginative ideas for story treatments and will be able to work collaboratively with our programme teams, reporters, correspondents and producers.  If you secure this role you’ll be expected to have ideas for news stories that will appeal to all of our audiences but especially to the people we currently struggle to reach. There’s a huge challenge to established broadcasters to remain relevant in the digital age and you will understand that it’s essential that we serve young audiences and those people who don’t always think of the BBC first when consuming news content.

You will be passionate about news and storytelling. You’ll want  to take people to places they don’t know, tell them things that are important to their lives and you’ll understand how Scotland’s political and cultural environment is unique and special. We want someone who understands that this is a job that allows you to make a difference and to hold the powers-that-be to account.

Working within a news team on the road demands that you’ll be someone who can deal with pressure, you’ll have great inter-personal skills and you’ll be a strong communicator. Flexibility is essential to success in the role and you’ll understand that news is unpredictable and that we have to react when things happen.

A full UK driving licence is essential and you’ll be regularly driving a range of vehicles.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Continuing 
Location: Dundee, Scotland

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC

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.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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