Senior Journalist – Political Reporter – BBC (Isle of Man)

Job Purpose

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract (Nine Months Maternity Leave cover). Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Douglas, Isle of Man

BBC Isle of Man is looking for a Senior Journalist – Politics Reporter to deliver comprehensive coverage of Manx politics for the BBC News website, BBC North West Tonight and the BBC’s social media platforms.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Reporting to Isle of Man News Editor Catherine Nicoll, you will be responsible for providing and co-ordinating political coverage on the Isle of Man, from Tynwald to the Parish Commissioners. We pride ourselves on finding strong original stories, celebrating where we live and holding those in authority to account. You will deliver content for the BBC News website, North West Tonight and our social media platforms. As part of our small team on the island, you may be asked to work on general news content when needed. You will work on a mixture of on-the-day news and planned content.

The successful candidate must have the right to live and work on the Isle of Man.

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience

We are looking for someone who is passionate about Manx politics with a demonstrable track record covering the Isle of Man’s democratic institutions. You will have already gained substantial experience in news journalism and be able to demonstrate excellent journalistic judgement while explaining often complex political stories in a creative and engaging manner. We expect political reporters to break stories as a result of developing and maintaining their contacts.
This role will be based in Douglas and may involve some evening and weekend working, depending on the news agenda.
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.

Job Impact

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. 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.
We offer:
•    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

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