Social media journalist (Senior Journalist), BBC Future Planet and Future You

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Job Introduction

Future Planet is the new site surfacing solutions-focused stories about sustainability, climate change and the environment from around the world. Future You is the new site focused on health and wellness and aimed at a female audience under 40. Both websites will fall under the “parent” website BBC Future ( Like BBC Future, they publish digital feature stories (not news); most stories are text, but there is also some video.

We have an exciting opportunity for a journalist with substantial social media experience, a passion for storytelling, basic skills in video shooting and editing, and an interest in health, wellness, the environment and sustainability to help us launch two new feature sites: Future Planet and Future You.

Role Responsibility

  • Develop and implement a social media strategy to support the launch and longevity of Future Planet and Future You.
  • Create a distinctive voice for Future Planet and Future You on social media.
  • Create high-quality, multimedia assets and posts that tell Future You and Future Planet stories in ways that speak to our target audiences on social (whether turning a statistic from a story into a shareable graph, a statement into a meme or a text story into an Instagram story).
  • Re-cut digital videos on Future Planet and Future You for social media platforms that meet the highest editorial standards.
  • Find stories that are the best fit for a social media environment, and execute telling those stories through reporting, writing and/or shooting and editing video and images, to use on social platforms.
  • Actively generate ideas and seek out new stories for the websites themselves, in particular through using ‘social listening’, with potential opportunity to report and shoot or write them yourself.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience as a journalist, ideally in generating and executing stories for a media publisher.
  • Experience in social media, ideally in creating successful social media content for digital media companies specifically.
  • Experience in launching new social media channels or growing online audiences is preferred, but not essential.
  • At least basic skills in filming and editing video, ideally in shooting and editing social videos, digital videos or explainers.
  • Interest in the subject areas covered by Future You and Future Planet.
  • Knowledge of social media best practices, digital trends, entertainment and the social media/emerging technologies landscape.
  • Sound editorial judgement based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive editorial guidelines.

Package Description

Contract type: 12 month Fixed Term Contract
Location: London, Broadcast Centre


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