Work Experience - The Russell Joslin Award Placement

Job Introduction

The Russell Joslin Award Placement

This is an annual Work Experience placement at BBC West Midlands, in memory of Russell Joslin, a much-loved broadcaster and journalist in the region. It's an opportunity to gain a valuable insight into local and regional broadcasting, working with experienced journalists to learn how we find and cover stories from communities across the West Midlands. The placement will be available in BBC WM (Birmingham), BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Radio Stoke or Radio Shropshire. It will include a number of days at our TV newsroom in Birmingham.  Please indicate on your application which is your preferred radio station.

 Our aim is to provide a stepping-stone towards a broadcasting industry career for a deserving candidate who shares Russell’s passion for stories and commitment to local journalism.

Main Responsibilities

 The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn the skills of radio broadcasting, and work alongside some of Russell’s former colleagues.

Working with a personal mentor throughout the placement, the successful candidate will spend most of the placement at their BBC Local Radio station which will be WM, Coventry & Warwickshire, Shropshire, Hereford & Worcester or Stoke – with a few days in the newsroom of Midlands Today and Inside Out in Birmingham.

Are you the right candidate?

This opportunity is open to applicants 18 years and over. Journalistic experience or academic qualifications, whilst useful, are not essential, and we are particularly keen on candidates who can demonstrate passion and flair.

*Age Criteria: Please note that due to Health & Safety considerations, you will need to be aged 18 or over to apply for this placement.


You will be required to upload your CV into your BBC Careers Hub profile and will be asked in the application questionnaire to tell us something about your ideas and experience.

The BBC is an equal opportunity employer; however particular consideration will be given to applicants who may be expected to benefit most significantly from the opportunities provided by the placements, and who may not previously have had access to similar opportunities.

We would therefore welcome interest from applicants who are from socially and/ or culturally diverse backgrounds.


Before you can apply for a Work Experience you will need to have registered and set up a profile on our BBC Careers Hub.

You can do so by visiting


and registering via a social media account or with your email address.

Applications for The Russell Joslin Award will open on Tuesday 8 August 2017 and will close on Tuesday 19 September 2017 midnight. Placement can be taken anytime from November 2017 – March 2018.


Package Description

Date of Placement: November 2017 – March 2018

Location: Birmingham, Worcester, Coventry, Stoke or Shrewsbury

Length: 10 days which can be taken as two full weeks, or spread across FOUR weeks - over 18