Journalist – BBC North East & Cumbria


Job Introduction

We are looking for a driven and passionate journalist who wants to help reach new audiences with the news that matters to them. You’ll be a digital journalist who knows what online audiences expect and know how to turn around clean copy under tight deadlines. We are looking for a journalist who enjoys working in a busy news environment and on a range of content from breaking news, court stories, human-interest stories, features and with an ability to produce a steady stream of original content.

Role Responsibility

The Main Responsibilities For This Role Include

  • Producing news content for the BBC website and social media accounts for the North East & Cumbria
  • Responsible for originating and producing stories for the BBC website which can also be used on other outlets
  • Coming up with original journalism to help us represent the many different sides of life in the North East & Cumbria
  • To use different news treatments for different audiences ensuring that the output reflects the audiences we serve
  • Use social and video to help your journalism travel further either on your own or working with our video specialists
  • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards
  • Working on a rota with the rest of the team which includes early, late and weekend working

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria;

  • Able to write clean, accurate and concise copy, sometimes to tight deadlines, for publication on the BBC website
  • Good news judgement with ability to get to the heart of a story and explain it simply to the audience
  • Be familiar with social media in a news context and know how to make the most of various platforms to reach a range of audiences
  • Understanding of SEO within a news context to help our stories reach the people most interested in and impacted by them
  • Able to do basic photo editing on software such as Photoshop Elements
  • Able to produce a steady stream of original journalism ideas for news stories and features

Job share can be considered if we have two candidates who want to do so (we have no one in the team currently looking for such an arrangement).

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: Permanent

Location: Carlisle

Application process: You will be asked to fill in a diversity questionnaire which is confidential and not seen by the hiring manager. You will then be asked to:

  • upload your CV
  • complete an eligibility questionnaire
  • answer questions specific to the role

You are eligible to apply for an internal role if you are either on a BBC Continuing (Permanent) contract, a BBC Fixed Term contract, a casual contract or freelance contract and you have worked continuously for 6 months.

Only internal staff are eligible to apply for the role on an attachment basis. You need to be on a continuing (permanent) or fixed-term contract. You need to have worked for the BBC for more than one year and will also need permission from your line manager. You can find out more on our attachments page.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application . There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits – We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Please note that the application process will require you to upload a CV and complete the online questionnaire(s). There is no requirement to attach a covering letter or complete the additional careers hub fields (Personal Statement/Skills/Portfolio sections).

The BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across our sites. Until further notice, all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to


About The BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual’s unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

Attached documents

  • Job Description
  • Our BBC Values

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