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Senior Journalist (Bot Development Producer) - BBC News Labs

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

Job Introduction

This is a chance for you to help shape innovation at the heart of BBC News.

News Labs is a partnership between News and Design & Engineering to drive innovation in news.  We are a small team experimenting with new approaches to news and prototyping new tools.  Our projects range from exploring the potential of smart speakers and Augmented Reality to speech to text technology and tools helping journalists to work in multiple languages. 

Please visit our blog to see some of the projects we have been working on:

Role Responsibility

You will take the lead in our work devising and trialling conversational user interfaces and bots – both on and off BBC platforms.  As part of a fast-paced and multi-skilled team, you will be expected to provide both top quality editorial content and code for our prototypes, as well as insight into user needs.  You'll lead innovation in conversational interfaces and bots, developing an editorial and technical strategy for BBC News and co-ordinating a number of discreet on and off site editorial trials with bots aimed at encouraging participation with key under-served audience groups.  This role will also require regular consultation and feedback with the social media editor of BBC News.

Are you the right candidate?

You'll need strong writing skills, with a portfolio of professionally published content in bots.  Substantial experience in agile software development in a variety of programming languages (eg: JavaScript, Rails and Python) and of successfully building APIs is essential.  You'll need demonstrable success in building bots for media or consumer brands with audiences greater than 100,000 users.  We're looking for candidates with a proven record of inspiring executives, journalists and technical teams to adopt new technology and new ways of working.  You'll also need demonstrable expertise in growing new audiences using automated content marketing and subscription tools (eg: Marketo, Hubspot or Infusionsoft).

Package Description

Current Grade: 89             Proposed Band: D

Contract: 12 month attachment / fixed term contract

Base:  London

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

Employees must seek the approval of their manager before applying for an attachment.

Interviews will be held on 27 and 28 February

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. 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.


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