Senior Digital Journalist (Asia Deputy Editor), Singapore

Job Introduction

The BBC News website’s Asia edition comprises an Asia News front page specially curated for audiences in the region. It includes pages for Asia, China, India and Australia. Content produced by the website’s Asian teams is used across all other editions of the BBC News website and on the BBC homepages.

Role Responsibility

The successful candidate for this new position will work closely with the Asia editor and a team of digital journalists on the website and its associated services, primarily in text and video. You will also work with our social media editor, publishing content on social platforms and with BBC World News television and newsgathering teams based in the Singapore bureau.

You will help set the news agenda for the day and oversee the content produced by the online teams in Australia, Singapore India and elsewhere. You will work closely with newsgathering bureaus and correspondents as well as with world service languages in the region to commission news and feature content around news events. You will also be expected to take charge of forward planning and the scheduling of content.

You will also be expected to manage the Asia front page and the Asia, China, India and Australia indexes when required, as well as other special reports and feature indexes. As a sub-editor, you will be responsible for ensuring all output is of the highest possible standard.

You will be expected to come up with new and creative ways of telling stories and think of the best ways to integrate social media, video, images and graphics in order to have a powerful visual impact on all platforms. You will have a creative approach to framing and sourcing stories and an understanding of how mobile devices are transforming digital storytelling

You will have original ideas about how to broaden the website’s agenda and the ability to tease out interesting and even unexpected nuances to the stories of the day. You will be expected to have a wide-ranging knowledge of Asian and international affairs and the Asian audience. You will help commission features from across the region. Finally, you will have impeccable editorial judgement, a full understanding of the aims and priorities of the BBC News website, the ability to inspire and manage other journalists, assign tasks and making the best use of available material.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of working in a multi-platform news environment and directing other journalists.
  • Extensive knowledge of news and current affairs in the Asian region and internationally
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant areas of the law; Knowledge of Health and Safety policies and practice in an output area.
  • Substantial experience of directing other journalists
  • Understanding of the importance of video online, social media, mobile journalism and an imaginative approach to storytelling.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent 
Location: Singapore

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.

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