Senior journalist (sub) – BBC (Bristol)

Job Reference: 17009

Band: D

Salary: Up to £45,000 depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience. The expected salary range for this role reflects internal benchmarking and external market insights.

Contract type: Permanent role – delete as appropriate)

Location: Office Base is Bristol.

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 negotiable salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 25 days annual leave with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Freelancers are eligible to apply for an internal role if they are on a Worker Contract and they have worked continuously for 6 months. If they have worked for less than 6 months continuously or have a break of 3 weeks or more between engagements, they must seek Divisional HR approval to apply for an internal role prior to submitting an application.

If they are unsure which contract they are on, they can speak to their booker or the HR BP, however if it helps – both a PAYE freelance or Modus Gross contract is considered a Worker contract and covered by the Worker terms found here.

Job Introduction

BBC Local is the family of services we offer across local communities in England, including radio, online, social media and TV. With famous brands and new platforms, we provide a rich mix of content and programming from news to entertainment.

At BBC West, we are looking for talented people to be at the heart of our relationship with our local audiences. These roles will be the voice of our local services – passionate broadcasters and brilliant storytellers that inspire and engage our communities. Every day, you’ll make BBC Local famous for its outstanding programming and its deep connection with the people we serve.

We are looking for a senior journalist (sub-editor) who will be responsible for ensuring our content is of the highest editorial standards and attracts a returning audience.

Main Responsibilities

The senior journalist will ensure the quality of stories is of the highest standard. Among your main responsibilities you will be checking and complying work of others. You will ensure grammar, spelling are perfect and the stories you sub meet style requirements. You may be curating online content for a local index and you may be responsible across multiple indexes.  You will be responsible for the editorial standards of the index, ensuring they adhere to BBC guidelines at all times and the content is impartial. You will be expected to lead and support team members as required and ensure best practice is always followed.

Are you the right candidate?
  • Audiences are at the heart of everything we do in BBC Local and you will use your understanding, data, feedback and reports to demonstrate your ability to adapt ways of working to ensure a high-quality offering.
  • You need to have sound editorial judgement and be assertive in making decisions on matters of editorial sensitivity under pressure.
  • You will have experience in working efficiently and accurately to  rolling deadlines and respond to breaking news.  The ability to deliver high quality copy that demonstrates the BBC’s values of impartiality and fairness is compulsory.
  • We expect our SJ sub editors to have extensive digital journalist experience.
  • You will have demonstrable experience of embracing technology, adopting up new skills and adapting to the changing demands of a digital working environment. In addition, you will have managed or mentored others in this area too.
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 here.

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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