BBC - Journalist

Welcome to Work Experience opportunities in London within News & Journalism. If you’re interested in Radio & Television news, broadcast production, newsgathering techniques and getting some great insights to add to your CV, you’ve come to the right place. The BBC is responsible for the production of news across all Networks including World Service.

Main Responsibilities

Every placement is different, but your Work Experience will give you a good all round overview of News & Journalism across programming, reporting and editing. You may get the chance to watch broadcasts go out on air and understand the production processes.

During your online application, you will have the opportunity to choose your placement and tell us about the things you’re really interested in.

The Ideal Candidate

  • We want people who are creative, keen to learn and are up for a challenge. In News & Journalism we work in teams where everyone has a role to play. We’re looking for people who are friendly and good communicators.

  • We work at a fast pace. So you’ll need to be enthusiastic and motivated to keep up.

  • We take our jobs seriously, and really enjoy what we do. If you’re passionate about News & Journalism and are prepared to ask lots of questions and contribute ideas, you’ll fit right in.


  • You don’t need a media qualification to apply. You just need to be able to show us that you’re passionate about Radio and have a genuine desire to find out what the industry has to offer.

  • Please use your Careers Hub profile and application questionnaire to tell us about any volunteer work you’ve done or projects you’ve been a part of.

We have placements available in the following areas

BBC Africa (September & October only - over 18)
Experience shadowing with BBC's Africa Digital Team. You’ll gain experience basic video editing, using social media in journalism and also with a visual journalism team. Below is example of some of the content we’ve produced

BBC Arabic (2 week placement - over 18)

The BBC Arabic Roula Ayoubi Work Experience programme offers the candidate a chance to join the team and gain an insight with our Radio or Interactivity teams, in our busy multi-platform Newsroom.

You’ll need excellent written and spoken Arabic to be considered for this placement.

Daily News Programmes - Radio 4 and World Service (over 18)

Where you could gain experience with various programme teams, from Newshour, Newsday and OS on the BBC World Service, to World at One and PM on Radio 4. You’ll be able to shadow how the team contribute ideas, help find interviewees and brief presenters. A great opportunity to experience an insight to live radio news programmes.
Panorama (over 18)
BBC Panorama, the flagship Current Affairs strand, is offering a placement focused on programme development. Based in BBC’s New Broadcasting House, we produce 30 and 60 minute documentaries for BBC One. Someone placed with us may get experience in researching stories, developing ideas, attending meetings and interviews, and shadowing edits preparing programmes for broadcast.

BBC Live Political Programmes (September only - over 18)

The successful candidates will watch the programme go out live from the gallery, attend editorial and commissioning meetings. You can go out with a reporter and following the editing process to getting a film on air. You can meet and spend time with other Political output in BBC Millbank.

BBC Monitoring (New Broadcasting House, London - over 18)

BBC Monitoring (BBCM) monitors open source media from over 150 countries in more than 70 languages. It is an important part of the BBC's newsgathering operation, with journalists based in the UK and in international bureaux, and provides content for a range of BBC platforms on political, economic, security and media news through round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, digital media and news agencies. It is also provided to commercial and other clients.

You will gain experience in researching stories with the News Desk or specialist geographical or language teams; as well as insight into how the Business Development and Admin teams organise events and commercial activity. Knowledge of languages other than English is required, particularly Arabic, Russian, Persian, Pashto, Dari, Hindi, Urdu. Knowledge of the media landscape in some of the countries where these languages are spoken would be useful, as would an understanding of social media platforms

How to apply

Choose one of the options above and make a note of it. After you’ve created your profile, we’ll ask you which placement you want to apply for as part of your application questionnaire. Enter the option you’ve chosen.
What happens to my application after I submit it?

We’ll review your application and if we think you might be right for one of our placements, we’ll give you a call.
Please remember that we receive a lot of applications and we can’t offer a placement to everyone.