Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within News & Journalism. If you’re interested in Radio & Television news, broadcast production, newsgathering techniques and getting some great insights to add to your CV, you’ve come to the right place.
The BBC is responsible for the production of news across all Networks including World Service.
Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of News & Journalism across programming, reporting and editing. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.
During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in.
The Ideal Candidate
What we’re looking for
We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In News & Journalism we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.
We work at a fast pace. So you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.
We take our jobs seriously, and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about News & Journalism and are prepared to work hard, ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.
You don’t need a media qualification to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Radio and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.
Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of. Remember to use the portfolio section to upload any examples of your work.
We have placements available in the following areas:
BBC Africa (over 18)
Experience working with BBC's Africa Digital Team. You’ll gain experience basic video editing, using social media in journalism and remotely working with a visual journalism team. Below is example of some of the content we’ve produced
Daily News Programmes - Radio 4 and World Service (over 18)
Where you could work with various programme teams, from Newshour, Newsday and OS on the BBC World Service, to World at One and PM on Radio 4. You’ll be expected to contribute ideas, help find interviewees and brief presenters. A great opportunity to experience working on live radio news programmes. Evidence of interest in international news and knowledge of at least one foreign language a definite advantage.
BBC Live Political Programmes (March, May & June only - over 18)
The successful candidates will watch the programme go out live from the gallery, attend editorial and commissioning meetings; come up with ideas fix interviews and write briefs. You can go out with a reporter and following the editing process to getting a film on air. You can meet and spend time with other Political output in BBC Millbank.
BBC Radio Specials, Millbank (over 18)
BBC Radio Specials is offering a placement focused on long-form radio documentary and feature making. Based in the BBC’s Political Programmes Department in Millbank, we produce programmes for Radio 4 and BBC World Service on a wide variety of subjects. Someone placed with us may be involved in researching stories, thinking through the editorial scope of documentaries, attending interviews, editing audio and preparing programmes for broadcast. They may also be able to work on the Radio 4 series Four Thought and FutureProofing.
BBC Monitoring (New Broadcasting House, London - over 18)
BBC Monitoring (BBCM) monitors open source media from over 150 countries in more than 70 languages. It is an important part of the BBC's newsgathering operation, with journalists based in the UK and in international bureaux, and provides content for a range of BBC platforms on political, economic, security and media news through round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, digital media and news agencies. It is also provided to commercial and other clients.
A work experience placement of up to 2 weeks is offered at NBH in London. You will gain experience in researching stories on the News Desk or helping organise events and speakers with the admin and logistics team, or assisting the Business Development team. Knowledge of languages other than English is required, particularly Arabic, Russian, Persian, Pashto, Dari, Hindi, Urdu. Knowledge of the media landscape in some of the countries where these languages are spoken would be useful, as would an understanding of social media platforms.
BBC Vietnamese Service (over 18)
The successful candidate will gain experience working on the multimedia news and current affairs service for Vietnam, creating contents for bbcvietnamese.com and social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Google+, and Viber. You'll also gain some experience planning and producing the weekly Vietnamese Roundtable Debate from a BBC studio in London as well as interviewing UK-based young people for our online magazine.
How to apply
Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.
What happens to my application after I submit it?
We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.
Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.
Work Experience duration 3-10 days (dependent on the placement)
Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
Opportunities available throughout March, April, May & June 2019