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Company: BBC World Service
Position:
Broadcast Journalist, BBC World Service/APM Partner
Location:
District of Columbia
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
June 12, 2013
Job ID: 1491920

Description:

 

Broadcast Journalist, BBC World Service/APM Partner

Location: Washington, DC
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Employment Type: Full Time
Business Group: American Public Media
Description: PLEASE NOTE:
DO NOT APPLY via this website. This position will be hired by the BBC, so please send your resume and cover letter DIRECTLY to hrnorthamerica@bbc.co.uk

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 20, 2013

American Public Media is proud to be the exclusive U.S. Distributor of BBC World Service (BBCWS) programming. Via our partnership with the BBC, we are pleased to post the position of:

Broadcast Journalist, Partner Production Hub (PPH) BBC World Service/APM Washington D.C.

Applicants must be US citizens or Residents with necessary work permits.

Organizations:
The BBC World Service has hundreds of US partner stations carrying programs to nearly a third of our total WS English Audience via American Public Media (APM). Increasingly the relationship with these partners is complex and based on a mixture of stand-alone, embedded and co-produced material. Some are long standing relationships which need to be maintained, others represent new opportunities to be nurtured and understood.

BBC World Service and APM are working together to find new ways to ensure that US stations are aware of and able to take full advantage of the wide range of excellent journalism that BBCWS produces on a daily basis.

In order to handle the editorial links between the WS, APM and US public radio partners, we are offering a one year attachment to support the Partner Production Hub editor in London and to extend the working day in the United States, to produce additional content for US partner stations.

Main Duties:
• To work with the London Partner Hub Editor to identify and customize BBC topical/news content of particular relevance to US public radio stations on a daily basis.
• To work closely with APM to ensure smooth communication and coordination between BBC WS partner hub activity and APM BBC WS team.
• To identify feature programming (such as documentaries) of relevance for US audiences and package them to work within US.
• To work with APM and key US station partners to identify individual content needs.
• To work with APM to regularly link content to APM stations and station communication
• To maximise the impact of WS English material in the form of 2-ways, trails, back-ground material, bespoke edits, communication and the building of additional material around the main transmissions.
• To work with WS Business Development and APM to identify opportunities and set up 2-ways with key partners, and provide cues and suggested questions etc.
• To ensure strong branding and a clear identity and purpose for BBC products.
• To identify key contacts and content from partner stations for use by the BBC.
• To work closely with WS Business Development and APM about prioritizing markets and developing relationships with new and existing partners.
• To ensure that Partner Hub activities and updated station information are regularly communicated to WS Business Development and APM, including written information for APM partner site where required.

Required knowledge, skills and experience:
• Strong journalistic ability with substantial experience working in international news and preferably experience working for American news outlets.
• Strong knowledge of, and substantial experience, working in the BBC, preferably World Service news and current affairs programs.
• Ability to work closely with the team in London/US to ensure seamless provision of highly-relevant and usable BBC content.
• Ability to work closely with the APM team to ensure US partner needs are met.
• Strong familiarity with US public radio national and local news production.
• Ability to spot any BBC content that will excite and interest US public radio stations that they will want to re-broadcast, preferably in prime time.
• Strong audio editing and production skills.
• Being a good communicator, with strong interpersonal skills.
• Being a good listener – ability to ask for, accurately understand and act upon what US partners need.
• Ability to re-write cues/leads to BBC content to make it explicitly relevant to US public radio audiences.
• Ability to suggest to partners why they might want to use our content and how they might use it.
• Strong understanding of diversity of the US and ability to select content that is customized to different needs of different regional audiences.
• Effective influencing and persuading skills.

Equal Opportunity:
It is BBC’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local law.

DO NOT APPLY via this website. Please send your resume and cover letter DIRECTLY to hrnorthamerica@bbc.co.uk
 

 

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