Closing Date : 28/09/2023
Title: Senior Journalist x 2
Contract: 12 month Fixed term / Attachment/ Continuing contract. Please note: continuing contracts can only be offered to candidates with Guernsey or Jersey residential status. Candidates must be entitled to live and work in Jersey
Location: BBC Guernsey x 1 / BBC Jersey x 1
Flexible working: Flexible working is an option. This role will also require working beyond 9-5 and some weekend working. And it is an agile role, which would enable some home working negotiation.
The BBC in the Channel Islands may be small but we have big ambitions, broadcasting to diverse audiences in Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. The Channel Islands are not part of the UK or EU, they are self-governing Crown Dependences. Even if we say so ourselves, Jersey and Guernsey are great places to live and work (plus you’re never more than twenty minutes from a beach!)
BBC Guernsey & BBC Jersey have worked hard to build meaningful and mutually enriching relations with communities across the Channel Islands. And we’re now looking for our next Communities Senior Journalists to build on those strong foundations with fresh ideas which deliver impact and importance across all platforms.
Do you get excited by fostering relationships with communities, sourcing and celebrating their unique stories? Can you be the local lead on important campaigns such as Make A Difference, keeping it fresh and engaging? Are you capable of establishing meaningful partnerships with external partners, representing the BBC in the Channel Islands and raising our profile across communities and organisations? And can you inspire and motivate teams to get involved and delivered challenging content which makes a difference? Then you could be our next Guernsey or Jersey Communities SJ.
For an informal chat about these opportunities, please contact Guernsey Executive Producer, Michelle Daniel (michelle. daniel@bbc .c o.uk) or Jersey Executive Producer, Matthew Price (matthew. price@bbc. co .uk)
Salary within band plus additional annual Channel Islands Weighting allowance: https://staff .bbc. com/gateway/hr/for-me/channel-islands-weighting/
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Responsible for originating and producing stories which may include scripting, editing, outputting, filming and presenting content across a range of BBC output
Commission and select relevant materials ensuring they meet expectations of our audiences and adhere to the BBC’s editorial guidelines
May be required to undertake on-air reporting, may be required to film and edit material for broadcast where appropriate
May include the production and presentation of live or recorded programmes
May be required to present live or recorded content on radio, TV or online
As required, to allocate work to a team and check progress; ensure the professional contribution of staff and the quality of output
Seek ways to increase diversity in our workforce and to ensure that our output reflects the audiences we serve
Deliver journalism of the highest standard and within the required timeframe using available resources
To act as a facilitator of change, clearly communicating and distributing best practices between teams
Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards
Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience
A high standard of editorial judgment, writing ability and production skills based on substantial broadcast journalism experience
Maximises opportunities offered by existing and emerging technologies to their fullest extent
Ability to work effectively as a member of more than one team. Resolving conflicts as necessary
Ability to manage resources, staff, technical facilities and budgets, in order to make challenging broadcasting in the most cost effective manner
Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC
Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources
Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for multimedia output.
The flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances
An understanding of health and safety procedures and how they apply to broadcasting
This job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.
Decision making Significant level of responsibility. Uses initiative but seeks guidance where necessary. No line management responsibility but may mentor more junior staff. Scope A senior journalist covering a wide range of journalism activity, with significant experience and responsibility for programme/content creation.