Senior Data Journalist

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

Job Introduction

BBC England’s Central News Services provides a range of multi-platform central services for teams right across England.  As well as providing audio content for local radio stations the team support our local digital services and ensures the best stories from England are shared widely across the BBC.  The team is also home to BBC England’s Data Journalism team delivering a wide range of data led stories as well as supporting the delivery of data stories locally.  It works in partnership with data teams across the BBC. We are  looking for a creative senior data journalist to boost our data journalism output.

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 teams across the BBC to bring those stories to publication
  • To explore and summarize data using relational database software
  • To visualize and to find patterns in spatial data using GIS software
  • To use statistical tools to identify significant data trends
  • To lead editorially on data projects as required and oversee the work of other data team colleagues
  • To use skills and experience to advise on best approaches to data-led storytelling for BBC England

Are you the right candidate?

You will be a self-starter, brimming with original ideas on how to best apply data-driven journalism. 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 behind headline figures and then confidently and succinctly explain the fuller picture to our audiences as well as other colleagues from across BBC England.  You will be able to develop relationships with teams across BBC England to guide and support local data journalism.  You will be excited about developing the way that data is interpreted and presented online as well as on TV, radio and social media.

You will need to be able to work to tight and demanding deadlines.

Required experience

  • A good understanding of statistics and statistical analysis
  • Strong writing skills and ability to find compelling case studies
  • A strong grasp of how to source, clean and query data
  • Demonstrable experience of visualising data
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel/Google sheets
  • Competency with R

Desirable experience

  • Knowledge of GIS software for creating maps
  • Experience negotiating with public officials for data and open records and should have experience of gathering information via Freedom of Information requests
  • Web scraping

Package Description

Band: D

Contract: Permanent - Full Time

Location: Birmingham - The Mailbox

You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract, a casual contract or freelance contract and you have worked continuously for 6 months.

Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract.  You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and will also need permission from your line manager.  You can find out more on our attachments page.

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.​

Please note that the application process will require you to upload a CV and complete the online questionnaire(s). There is no requirement to attach a covering letter or complete the additional careers hub fields (Personal Statement/Skills/Portfolio sections).

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