Senior Journalist Team Manager, News Podcasts

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Job Introduction

We’re recruiting a Senior Journalist Team Manager to work in the dynamic BBC News Pods team. We’re looking for a creative team leader who shows bags of initiative and passionately cares about making the best output. The team currently produce News Pods including Newscast (published daily, including a TV version every Thursday), and Americast (published once a week). You may be asked to lead on our other pods including ‘If You Don’t Know’ and a new news pod in conjunction with Radio 4. We’re exploring future multi-media opportunities for all our brands.

News Pods is part of the Long Form Audio department. LFA produces a range of output for Radio 4, World Service Radio, 5 Live and BBC Sounds – including strands like Ouch, People Fixing the World, Witness History, From Our Own Correspondent, File on 4, Profile, More or Less, The Inquiry and The Climate Question.  LFA also makes a large number of ad hoc series, including the podcasts  I’m Not a Monster, Bad Cops and The Lazarus Heist. Our editorial focus is on adding value to the news agenda through investigations, analysis, context-setting, production flair, human-focussed narratives and story-telling techniques.  We produce complementary video, online and social media output to reach a wider audience.

Role Responsibility

The Senior Journalist Team Manager is responsible for driving the content and running the programme day to day including output editing a podcast and associated content.

You’ll contribute story ideas and help shape big impact journalism, ensuring staff think creatively about what we do and create story treatments that give podcast a strong identity that builds a relationship with listeners.

You will play a key role in managing the team inc. on-air talent and will create an environment that brings out the best in everyone, fostering good relationships and providing quality feedback, assisting with staff development and appraisals and setting objectives.

The Senior Journalist Team Manager will also work collaboratively with other parts of the BBC locally and elsewhere to give our original stories the best possible exposure on the appropriate platforms.  

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have extensive podcast experience with strong editorial judgement and the ability to create ear-catching pods with first class organisational skills. You’ll play a significant role in the running the team and should be able to demonstrate your experience leading a team in a breaking news environment working with fast turnarounds and tight deadlines.  You will harness a culture of fairness, collaboration and inclusivity and have the ability to give constructive feedback to get the most from your team. 

We’re looking for a journalist with an excellent track record in generating, producing and commissioning high-impact original journalism that creates widespread impact. You’ll need to demonstrate the confidence and drive to make significant editorial decisions, oversee programme budgets and work to increase diversity with the aim of reaching underserved audiences.

You should be able to demonstrate your experience of output editing live radio and TV programmes or podcasts and producing social media output.

You’ll work to a Senior News Editor or Assistant Editor and will be expected to act as their deputy when required.

For further information please contact Jonathan Aspinwall, Senior News Editor, Long Form Audio. 

Package Description

Band: D

Contract: 6 Month FTC/Attachment until June 2022

Base: London

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.  To apply for an attachment, you need to have sought approval from your line manager. 

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. 

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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