Football News Reporter (Senior Journalist Reporter) – London (BBC Sport)

Are you passionate and knowledgeable about football news?

Can you help BBC Sport tell some of the biggest football news stories of the day to an audience of millions?


The ideal candidate would be an experienced, driven journalist with a track record of chasing and breaking the latest football news including transfer deals, club news, player interviews, and writing about ongoing themes & talking points related to the Premier League and beyond.

You would be working primarily to the BBC Sport website and app, including its social media platforms, working closely with the Football News Assistant Editor and wider sports journalism team to drive daily football news content across the 20 Premier League teams and related issues, and stories.

The candidate will need good contacts in the game and be able to get under the skin of Premier League clubs to improve BBC Sport’s football news coverage and content in an extremely competitive media landscape.

You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of core BBC editorial standards and values of impartial journalism, trust, accuracy and creativity. You would have an awareness and experience of compliance and responsible well-sourced journalism on difficult stories, fully observing BBC editorial guidelines.

You will know the strengths of the BBC Sport website and the needs of its audience – and how this role can help contribute to the department’s stretching targets for digital growth.

The ideal candidate would be able to demonstrate leadership and ownership of Premier League clubs’ day-to-day news agenda, delivering a consistent volume of news and becoming the ‘expert voice’ on their clubs. They would be able to show a range and breadth of writing in news, live and insightful feature formats.

You would also work with teams across the rest of BBC Sport to deliver football content to other platforms and programmes.

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 (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 *This is NOT an entry-level role, so please pay attention to the job specification


Main Responsibilities

•    Taking a leadership role on the club(s) you cover across the BBC Sport department – on the editorial agenda, being an expert voice and building relationships.
•    Working collaboratively with a team of BBC Sport football news journalists focused on producing football news stories, largely for the BBC Sport website, app and social media platforms.
•    Alert editors to breaking news. Breaking quick, accurate, news stories under pressure and to a high editorial standard, demonstrating robust, well-sourced journalism, and fully observing the BBC editorial guidelines. Check and advise against coverage when necessary.
•    Communicating with Digital News Editors to make sure BBC Sport is on top of the football news agenda every day and driving ideas for our news coverage on the day and beyond
•    You will also be expected to have existing contacts within the sport and develop more contacts over time to deliver football news content
•    Maintain regular and clear communication with planners and editors, supplying items for the sports news diary, coming up with a stream of realistic coverage ideas and working jointly with editors on helping plan coverage
•    Provide regular advice on football news developments, guidance on agency or newspaper stories and any off-record briefings from clubs or authorities
•    Regularly attending press conferences, media events, interview opportunities and some live games to gather material for output, produce digital content and build relationships
•    Contributing to the daily football live texts with regular updates and writing daily Habit/Club Page content on stories and teams you are covering
•    Writing on the whistle match reports, live text entries, post-match follow-up articles, and in-depth, insightful feature articles
•    Gathering material and producing video and audio content for social media, website and linear platforms
•    Working collaboratively with BBC colleagues in radio, TV, gathering and regional teams to source and produce football news stories
•    Suggesting creative content ideas to News Editors for on the day commissions reacting to the day’s news agenda or big talking points to inform and entertain our audience.
•    Being receptive to feedback and good at building positive working relationships with peers
•    This is not a shift-based role. This role is on a variable shift pattern which means it responds to unpredictable output or editorial needs – driven by stories and breaking news. This role will involve regular evening and weekend work.


Are you the right candidate?

•    You should be able to write quickly, accurately and succinctly for a digital audience, including a good understanding of how to optimise storytelling for mobile phones.
•    Sound editorial judgement and the ability to make quick decisions under pressure
•    A passion and excitement for the relentless football news agenda, transfer news, debate and discussion, audience talking points and holding clubs to account
•    Engaged with social media, with an understanding of what football fans are talking about, what they want to read, and how you might produce social media video content for BBC Sport
•    Interested with the current news and sport news agenda and have proven editorial judgement and experience with editorial compliance
•    Mindset is vital: we want resilience, knowledge, enthusiasm, ideas and creativity coupled with good communication and organisational skills.
•    Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people, especially external contacts, representing the BBC professionally at all times
•    Demonstrate a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understand how individual differences can benefit the workplace and output.


About the BBC

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

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.

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