Senior Online Journalist (Sub) – BBC Yorkshire (Leeds)

Job Reference: 13072

Band: D

Salary: £37,845 – £44,913 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 – Full-time.

Location: Office Base is BBC Yorkshire in Leeds.

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.
Job Introduction

The BBC Yorkshire online team covers one of the largest and most diverse news patches in England.

We represent audiences in North, South and West Yorkshire – so that means cities such as Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford and York as well as coastal towns, rural villages and everything in between.

We have offices at BBC Yorkshire in Leeds as well as bases in Sheffield, York and Bradford and work closely with colleagues from television and local radio stations to tell people stories which reflect their lives or tell them things they didn’t know.

Main Responsibilities

As a Senior Journalist, you will help inspire, guide and challenge our team of Journalists who produce content for local, regional, national and international audiences.

You will have substantial experience in text-based journalism, and some experience as a sub-editor and/or news editor. We also want to hear about your social media experience too.

As a Senior Journalist you will play a key role in supporting the Senior News Editor in delivering a multi-platform newsroom.

In addition to that you will be delivering our main roles: news editing (deciding the stories we cover and how we do so, as well as allocating them between reporters); subbing (ensuring our stories are accurate, fair, balanced, concise and well-written); planning for the following day and beyond; and working effectively with colleagues in radio, television and social media.

Are you the right candidate?

Our ideal candidate will be a creative, experienced, delivery-driven journalist with a strong pedigree who is confident in daily news journalism (online, newspapers, agencies).

  • You will preferably have already gained experience as a news editor and sub-editor and thrive under considerable pressure.
  • You will have the people skills to be able to support and challenge reporters of varying levels of experience and skill and help to get the best out of them.
  • You’ll be able to demonstrate your knowledge of social media both as a newsgathering tool and to effectively promote our content.
  • Your news judgement is excellent and you have a solid current knowledge of media law and the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
  • You want to break stories and have a track record of original, agenda-setting journalism.
  • You recognise that the BBC is an audience-focused business and keep in mind that we should be serving all communities within our region.
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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