Q2 Work Experience Opportunities in London within News & Journalism

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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. 

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 Arabic (2 week placement - over 18)

The BBC Arabic Roula Ayoubi Work Experience programme offers placements working with our Radio or Interactivity teams, in our busy multi-platform Newsroom. You’ll need excellent written and spoken Arabic to be considered for this placement..

BBC Hausa Service (over 18)

The BBC Hausa Service broadcasts a daily mix of news and current affairs programmes through radio, TV and digital (online and mobile) platforms to very large and audiences in West Africa and beyond. It has a weekly radio audience of 23 million and 1.5 million Facebook followers. Its contents are originated from London and Abuja, Nigeria.

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 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 Live Political Programmes (over 18)

A work experience placement at Live Political Programmes will include watching the Daily Politics, Sunday Politics, Andrew Marr Show and Westminster Hour broadcast live. The student will go out with a reporter on a story, watch the filming and editing. You may get a chance to help research stories, fix guests and write interview briefs for the Daily Politics programme.

Newsnight (over 18)

Newsnight is BBC Two's late-night news and current affairs programme, noted for its in-depth analysis, investigative filmmaking and often robust cross-examination of senior politicians.

A placement on Newsnight will offer an insight into the day to day running of the programme.  It is likely to involve basic research work, assisting the office team and possibly accompanying filming teams on location. There will also be an opportunity to shadow the day desk, see how that night's broadcast comes together and watch the programme go out live (taxis will be provided for return home).

Product Management - Business Analysis (0ver 18)

The News Product team helps BBC News build websites and apps that people want to use. We work with a range of technology and editorial teams to understand our audience and create brilliant ways for hundreds of millions of people round the world to get free, impartial news on their phone or computer

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 2018

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