Kick Off Trainee Sport Reporters 2015

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Job Reference: BBC/TP/7231/11448
Number of Positions: 26
Contract Type: Work Experience
Contract Details: Unpaid Work Experience
Salary: Unpaid Work Experience
Working Hours: Various
Closing Date: 05/05/2015
Job Category: Training, Trainees & Apprentices
BBC Region / Division: Work Experience
BBC Business Unit: BBC Kick Off Scheme
Location: Various

Job Introduction

Kick Off Trainee Sport Reporters 2015

Work Experience placement, 2 days a week for 8 weeks.

To view full list of locations available please click on list uploaded below.

Calling all sports enthusiasts.  Do you live and breathe sport? Do you dream of being the next Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan or Manish Bhasin? Ever thought that you could actually turn your hobby into a career?  Then the BBC’s Kick Off trainee sports reporter scheme 2015 is for you.

If you have a passion for sport, if you would like to share your thoughts, experiences and sports knowledge with our local audiences, we have the opportunity to help you report on it.  

We aim to give talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds, but with no previous experience or industry qualifications the chance to develop their sports reporting skills within the BBC.

As a BBC Kick Off trainee sports reporter you will receive training at the BBC College of Journalism, a mentor from the BBC and a 2 days a week minimum, 8 week placement working at a BBC site local to you alongside your local radio and online sports team.

You’ll have the opportunity to record and write your own stories and features, see how radio programmes and web pages are put together, as well as gaining great experience to put on your CV.

Past trainees have taken full advantage of the scheme.  Many stretched themselves beyond the initial objectives of the placement and helped to create content for other areas of their BBC Local Radio station and online output. Some continued a relationship with their local BBC site long after the end of the placements, while others have subsequently been employed by the BBC by locally and at BBC Sport in Salford.  They present local radio daytime shows, commentate on football on Five Live Sports Extra, or write for

If you’ve got some spare time this summer and want to add ‘BBC Kick Off Sports Reporter 2015’ to your list of achievements, then further information is available via the link below.

Who are we looking for?  You will need a proven interest in general sport. You might already be involved in sport in your community.  You will definitely have the drive to succeed in the world of sport, and possess the creativity to turn your ideas into great content for our radio and online audiences.

You do not need to have any prior journalism experience, or be at college/university to apply for this scheme. You just need passion for sport, and want to share it with everyone.

We are looking for a good spread of talented applicants of both sexes, so particularly welcome applications from women as well as an ethnically diverse range of people.

Owing to the BBC’s Health & Safety considerations you will need to be aged 18 or over on June 29th 2015 to apply for this placement.

For more information on the BBC Kick off scheme and details of locations please click Here


Main Responsibilities

What happens if I am shortlisted? 

Applicants who are successfully shortlisted will be invited to their chosen BBC local radio or online site to attend an informal interview with two members of the station’s staff. One of these is likely to be a Senior Broadcast Journalist. These will take place from the 20th May - 5th June 2015

We’ll want to find out a bit more about you, your expectations and how suited the placement will be to you. The chat should last no longer than 30 minutes.

We will choose one BBC Kick Off Sports Reporter per BBC local radio or online site. The successful BBC Kick Off Sports Reporters trainees will be required to attend a training event in Bristol (details below) in June.


If you are successful you will be required to attend a two-day training event at the BBC’s College of Journalism in Bristol on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June 2015.   Training is mandatory, so if you cannot attend both days of this training event you will not be eligible to apply for this placement

Reasonable expenses will be paid for this training course, which requires an overnight stay in Bristol. Accommodation and meals will be provided.

Placement information

The 8 week placement at your chosen BBC site will run from Monday 29th June to Friday 21st August, where each BBC Kick Off trainee sports reporter will work for 2 days per week. The days chosen can be flexible to suit each placement ‘s editorial requirements and the availability of the reporter.

There will be an awards ceremony for BBC Kick Off Sports Reporters at the end of their placements on Friday 28th August at the BBC in Salford, the home of BBC Sport and Radio 5 Live.

Are you the right candidate?

There are 11 application questions on the online form, and they are there to help you give us the information we need. The last 5 are the questions you need to concentrate on, as these count towards shortlisting if you are chosen to attend an informal interview.

Have a think about the answers before you write them. We aren’t trying to catch you out, we are looking for your passion, motivation and sports knowledge.

Finally, make sure you get someone to spell check your answers. These can be typed in Word first and copied in to the online form – the online form doesn’t have a spell check!

Don’t forget it is you we are interested in, we can only shortlist you on information you put on your application, so don’t sell yourself short!

At the BBC we aim to connect with all our audiences, including our underserved audiences, using different methods to inform the quality and direction of our programmes.  We also aim to advance equal opportunities to diversify and develop our workforce and would therefore welcome interest from applicants who are from female and/ or culturally diverse backgrounds.

Useful Links

BBC England Webpage - Find out about your local BBC Radio Station and BBC Local website.

BBC Sport Webpage – Well, just in case you didn’t already know!

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