Kick Off Sports Reporters - Derby

Job Introduction

Kick Off Trainee Sport Reporters 2013

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

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?

If you have the passion for sport, we have the opportunity to help you report it with the BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter scheme 2013.

If you would like to share your thoughts, experiences and sports knowledge with our local audiences, then the BBC Trainee Kick Off Sports Reporter scheme is for you.

The project is aimed at giving talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds an opportunity to develop their sports reporting skills within the BBC.

Past trainees have taken full advantage of the scheme, with many stretching themselves beyond the initial objectives of the placement and helping to create content for other areas of their BBC Local Radio station and regional TV’s output. Some continue a relationship with their local BBC site, and others have subsequently been employed by us.

You will need a proven interest in general sport. You may already be involved in sport in your community, have the drive to succeed in your chosen sport, and possess the creativity to turn your ideas into great content for radio and online.

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 alongside their local radio and online sports team.

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

If you’ve got some spare time this summer and want to add ‘BBC Kick Off Sports Reporter 2013’ to your list of achievements, then further information is available via the link below.

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.

Due to Health & Safety considerations you will need to be aged 18 or over on July 1st 2013 to apply for this placement.

For more information on the BBC Kick off scheme please click Here

There are Sports Reporter placements across the BBC in England, Wales and Scotland

Main Responsibilities

Applicants who are successfully shortlisted will be invited to their chosen location to attend an informal interview with two members of the station’s staff. One of these is likely to be the Senior Broadcast Journalist. These will take place from the 24th – 28th June 2013.

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

We will choose one BBC Kick Off Sports Reporter per BBC location, with the exception of Birmingham where we will assign the successful candidate to our online sports team. The successful BBC Kick Off Sports Reporters trainees will be asked to attend a training event in Bristol (details below) in July.

The 8 week placement at the BBC site will run from 15th July – 5th September 2013, where each BBC Kick Off Sports Reporter will work for 2 days per week. The days chosen can be flexible, to suit each placement.

There will be an awards ceremony for BBC Kick Off Sports Reporters at the end of their placements at the BBC in Salford, the home of BBC Sport and Radio 5 Live, on Friday 6th September 2013.

Training Event

If you are successful, you will be required to attend a two-day training event at the BBC’s Colleage of Journalism in Bristol on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July 2013. 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. Accommodation and meals are provided.

CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) Check

This role requires that you may have to work or have contact with children or vulnerable adults. Should you be successful, we will conduct a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check, which will need to be satisfied before you start your placement.


The Ideal Candidate

Application Tips

There are five application questions on the online form, and they are there to help you give us the information we need. These are the five 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. Your answers 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!

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!