Application Deadline: June 17th 2016
The BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme (JTS) is the flagship journalism entry and training scheme run by the BBC Academy. Since 2007 we have recruited and trained scores of high-quality journalists, many of whom continue to work on high-profile programmes and in newsrooms across the BBC.
The scheme offers vocational journalists the opportunity to immerse themselves in BBC News for a year of high-quality training and work experience. Successful applicants need to be able to demonstrate creativity, resilience in a high-pressure environment and a thorough understanding of the role of the BBC’s journalism.
The JTS has a high retention rate – most of our trainees have gone on to land BBC journalism roles. Most of the past JTS trainees are still working in the BBC.
An 11-month fixed term contract paying either £20,800 per annum (outside London) or £25,205 (including London weighting). We also cover some travel and accommodation expenses during training periods.
- work experience in BBC News
- First-class training led by the BBC Academy throughout the scheme from a senior BBC journalist
- The chance to arrange a four-week work placement in a news area of your choice during the year.
- Serious contenders for the JTS follow news in all its forms: online, social media, newspapers, TV and radio. First and foremost they see themselves as journalists.
- They have an excellent grasp of the role of social media in journalism and an understanding of why and how they can connect with audiences to improve their storytelling.
- There is no upper age limit and the scheme welcomes career-changers who have ambitions to work in broadcast news but have been pursuing a career in another field.
- The scheme is not for complete beginners. We need to see some solid evidence of your journalism so we can judge your potential in our application and assessment process.
- If you’re already working as a journalist, consider whether this scheme is for you – we do not want to duplicate training you have already had.
The JTS offers a number of specialist placements and if you are interested in applying for one of them you will be invited to state a preference on the application form.
These include: a sport placement in MediaCityUK, Salford; a Welsh language placement based in Cardiff; a political news placement in the BBC’s Westminster office (the Gareth Butler placement); and a placement that includes some time working in the Visual Journalism Unit in London.
If you’re shortlisted we’ll invite you to an assessment and interview. These will take place in London and Salford in April, and in Cardiff in May. Successful applicants will be invited to a mandatory welcome event and then begin the scheme in October 2016.
You will have the opportunity to let us know if you have a disability, both on the application form and before your assessment. We can help you with any reasonable
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