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Senior Digital Journalist, BBC News, Japan

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

Job Introduction

The BBC has been committed to journalistic excellence for more than 75 years. BBC News aims to provide access to the information and ideas everyone needs to make sense of an increasingly complex world. Through its emphasis on specialist knowledge, international newsgathering and its breadth of programmes, we seek to deliver a complete news package, covering arts, science, sports, politics, business and world affairs. With its team of 2,000 highly trained journalists and over 40 news bureaux, we strive to bring impartial and trusted news reporting to audiences all over the globe.  BBC World Japan Limited has been broadcasting BBC World News since 1994, providing the BBC’s quality news product with Japanese subtitles to audiences in Japan.

Role Responsibility

Based in Tokyo, you will work on the BBC News Japanese language website and its associated services, primarily in text and video. You will work with the BBC News Online team based in Tokyo and collaborate with your counterparts in Singapore and London when necessary. You will be expected to select, translate, and edit BBC news pieces, conveying the quality and scope of BBC journalism in Japanese.

The Ideal Candidate

Substantial journalistic experience in a digital news environment within Japan is essential, together with fluent Japanese and excellent English language skills (with the ability to translate from English to Japanese). You will have a detailed knowledge of social media, industry trends and emerging technologies. You will have a broad knowledge of international affairs – in particular, the Asia-Pacific region.

We care about our people and take our responsibilities towards them very seriously. As well as fair terms and conditions, we also offer good benefits and impressive opportunities to learn and develop inside the BBC.  This role is offered on Japanese terms and conditions.  Your appointment will be subject to you having the right to work in Japan or obtaining the right to work there.

Package Description

Local terms and conditions

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Contract: 12 month fixed term contract with the potential to extend


About the Company

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 

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