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Senior Journalist, Digital News Live 9565

London, GB
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Media and Publishing
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: x2 12 month attachment / x3 6 month attachment
Location: London

Job Application Requirements:
• CV
• Questionnaire with opportunity to detail your experience

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.

We're happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
  • Excellent career progression - the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities - our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Job Introduction

The Live team within Digital Output & Development is responsible for delivering one of our key strategic goals for digital: being the best in the world at live news coverage. It writes and edits live pages, manages live streams, produces video for live pages, and coordinates with other BBC teams to ensure specialists and correspondents on the ground are filing for Live. The team experiments with covering different types of stories to increase the range of live output on the site and aims to develop new live treatments to serve our audiences better.

Main Responsibilities

When big news breaks, people around the world come to rolling live pages on the BBC news website and app in their millions. And our goal is simple: bring audiences to the heart of an unfolding story. We are looking for sharp, creative and motivated editors who want to join our new and ambitious team at the heart of the BBC newsroom.

A Senior Journalist on the Live team will be expected to take charge of live, on-the-day coverage of major news stories and planned events in text and video. The role involves managing a team of live writers and producers working on a fast-paced story - assigning, editing and publishing posts, commissioning reporting from correspondents, changing headlines and images, and paying close attention to the flow, tone and editorial accuracy of the page. You should be a confident but diligent editor comfortable with making constant decisions and able to manage what can be extremely busy coverage.

Senior journalists on Live will be involved in forward planning and must be able to represent the team in editorial meetings. They will also be called upon to assist the digital news desk on certain shifts, including news editing.

Note: This role involves shift-working including nights and weekends

Are you the right person?

  • Excellent editorial judgement with significant experience handling breaking news on digital platforms in English and a proven track record of making the right decisions under intense pressure
  • The ability to sift news material with speed and accuracy and devise and enact an editorial plan in collaboration with others
  • Experience of managing and directing a team of reporters on daily, fast-paced live digital news coverage
  • Knowledge of and a keen interest in using audience data, search data and social media to improve storytelling, reach new audiences and broaden coverage
  • Direct experience and understanding of the formats, tools, and techniques to plan and produce live digital coverage in both text and video

A track record of covering the UK and/or international news agenda and delivering insightful, high-quality journalism to audiences

About the BBC

We don't focus simply on what we do - we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you've read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC - whether that's to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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