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Q2 Work Experience Opportunities in London within News and Journalism

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

Job Introduction

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 practical experience on your CV, you’ve come to the right place.

The BBC is responsible for the production of news across all Networks including World Service. 

Role Responsibility

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. 

Are you the right 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.

Background/Experience

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:

Business and Economics (over 18)

This is an opportunity to gain experience with the Business and Economics Unit which provides specialist coverage for all News and Current Affairs programmes. We are looking for candidates with particular interest in this area of journalism who will have the chance to work with our TV, radio and online teams both domestic and international facing.

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.

Daily News Programmes - Radio 4 and World Service (over 18)

Where you could work with various programme teams, from Newshour, Newsday and World Have Your Say 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. 

Focus on Africa (over 18)

Experience working on the BBC's flagship radio news and current affairs show for Africa - Focus on Africa. You'll also gain some experience planning and organising the monthly BBC Africa Debate Programme and the award winning Global Beats; in addition to generating content for our @bbcafrica social media platforms.

TV Current Affairs, London (over 18)

Current Affairs TV is part of the News Directorate.  We produce long-form programmes for all the channels, and work very closely with our Current Affairs counterparts in the digital and radio world of journalism. Our two main strands are “Panorama” and “This World”, but we also produce one-off specials and series for BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3: from light-hearted subjects, to in-depth analysis.

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.

Package Description

  • Work Experience duration 3-10 days (dependent on the placement)
  • Locations - Various BBC buildings across London
  • Opportunities available throughout April, May and June 2017

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