Journalist, BBC South Today
Competitive salary offered
12 month attachment/fixed term fill-time contract.
BBC South Today is looking for a talented, creative and ambitious broadcast journalist to join the team on the most watched news programme in central southern England. We provide coverage from Dorchester in the west to Worthing in the east, from Reading in the north and to the Isle of Wight in the south. The programme also has an opt based in Oxford. Each weekday we transmit to more than 1.5 million BBC1 viewers. South Today aims to bring audiences original local journalism that has impact and relevance. We hold local decision makers to account, tell the important stories and celebrate the people and the places in our area. The team also assists with other BBC South programmes such as Inside Out and The Sunday Politics. But the landscape of TV news is changing as people consume news in different ways and our digital offering is becoming increasingly important. South Today is also developing increasing use of lives out on location.
The successful candidate will help to plan and deliver our daily television output, and needs to be able to work alone compiling bulletin material. There may be the opportunity for those with the relevant skills to occasionally work on the reporting rota as well. Ideally you will be an experienced journalist, with a relevant journalism qualification (or equivalent training), with an understanding of the best ways to maximise social media opportunities. Camera and editing skills would be a bonus but training can be given.
Are you the right candidate?
You will need a broad range of knowledge on subjects ranging from politics and business to entertainment and sports news. You must have strong editorial judgment, a good understanding of the big issues in the south, be able to take sensitive decisions quickly and decisively and a good command of the BBC's policies in all relevant areas. A knowledge of English Regions’ commitment to Digital First policy and how multi-platform news-gathering is becoming vital as South Today goes forward would be useful.
Additional Application Information
In addition to the online application, please provide one hard news story idea (maximum 500 words) which you have researched. This should include potential interviewees, production treatments and how the story chimes with our audience profile and uploaded to https://www.dropbox.com/request/VCpLlVBd6wteMPDeekjr before the role closes - please note if you do not provide this your application will not be considered. If you are invited to interview you should be prepared to expand on this piece of work.
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