The BBC’s Moscow Bureau is one of seven hub bureaux around the world and as such is among the busiest and most challenging of broadcast environments. The Bureau incorporates the following BBC services: Newsgathering, Russian Service, Monitoring. Working together, these services provide BBC programmes, including business and online services, with broadcast news and current affairs material of the highest possible editorial, production and technical standards gathered in the most efficient manner on a range of subjects.
News from Russia and the Former Soviet Union occupies an important place in the global news agenda and the BBC seeks to remain a competitive, respected and reliable source of information from across the region.
The Russian Service is one of the largest language services in the BBC World Service. It has a 24/7 multiplatform website and a large amount of video, interactive and audio content including two radio programmes. Its staff is mostly located in London and Moscow, and a large part of the output is from the Moscow bureau.
The service’s output aims to make international news relevant to a Russian audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on Russian and FSU developments. It aims to report in a lively and engaging fashion, and interactivity, promotion of content on social media and social newsgathering form a large part of its activities across all platforms.
We are looking for an experienced, versatile journalist with a proven track record of breaking big stories who can comfortably work across multiple subject areas and formats (longreads, investigations). You will commission, edit and produce special reports and investigations, ensuring that they meet the BBC’s editorial standards and are legally compliant.
You will have experience with a range of different investigative approaches, including data journalism, FOI and undercover reporting, as well as a wide range of contacts. You will have knowledge and experience of working with a number of reporting and production tools and formats suitable for special reports, and a proven track record of producing such long-form and special content.
You will be expected to perform English translations of stories where appropriate, for other BBC outlets as required. You'll work closely with other teams in BBC World Service Languages and across the wider BBC, collaborating with centres of investigative excellence across BBC News and with other BBC outlets producing broader investigations.
The Ideal Candidate
- A high standard of editorial judgement, writing ability and production skills based on substantial broadcast journalism experience.
- First-class Russian language skills and a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
- Self-reliance and an ability to follow through and deliver.
- Proven experience of originating and implementing bold and original ideas and exercising sound judgement.
- A strong awareness of health and safety / high risk issues, especially those relating to investigative journalism.
- Excellent knowledge and understanding of Russian political, social, cultural and historical context as well as the changing needs of the audience. A particular area of specialisation in one of the topics currently relevant for the Russian audience.
- Practical experience in data journalism, OSINT skills.
- Access to a wide range of contacts.
Based in Moscow, Russia
Local terms and conditions apply
Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Russia.
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