BBC - Journalist (Russian Team)

BBC Monitoring is looking for Digital Journalists to work as part of a team covering Russia from its base in the UK.

BBC Monitoring provides news and information based on open source media – TV, radio, press, online and social media - from around the world. BBCM’s services are used by the BBC and a range of commercial companies and the UK Government. Our journalists track, translate and analyse local sources to make sense of what is happening on the ground, particularly in parts of the world where reliable news and information is in short supply. In 2016, Monitoring implemented an extensive restructure to transform priorities and ways of working, putting a focus on users, quality and continuous improvement. It has also made a significant investment in digital technology and the tools needed to keep pace with the modern media environment.

BBC Monitoring has nearly 230 staff and a budget of nearly £13m. It has staff in the UK and in 11 international offices.

Role Responsibility

  • We are looking for two Journalists to produce engaging and insightful content in a variety of formats, based on the monitoring of vernacular sources.
  • You will use various tools and techniques to track news from and about the Russian media, identify key developments and trends and write reports for the BBC Monitoring website and other BBC platforms. You will also come up with original ideas and creative treatments for ongoing and emerging narratives, including data-driven products and multimedia elements.
  • You will actively seek feedback from BBCM’s users and work with the Editorial Lead and the rest of the team to interpret this and respond in a timely manner. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • You will have a thorough understanding of the Russian political and media environment, a good grasp of international news and significant recent experience as a journalist.
  • Excellent written English, fluency in Russian and the ability to translate quickly and accurately are also a must.
  • You will demonstrate sound editorial judgement based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s editorial values and a knowledge of BBC Monitoring’s customer interests.
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to embrace new ways of working and new technology are essential, as are good team-working skills. The ideal candidate will also be willing to travel to Moscow, where part of Monitoring’s Russia team is located.
  • Some broadcast experience, video editing and multimedia production skills are desirable.