Deputy News Editor - 12 month fixed term contract

Job Details

Location

Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 8TN/remote

Contract Type

Fixed Term

Closing Date

Number of Positions

1 Position

Job Description

Forces News/BFBS is looking for someone with experience on a busy news desk AND of using data in editorial decision making.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a truly multimedia newsroom delivering Digital, Radio and TV content to the Armed Forces Community and telling their story to the wider public. 

The team at Forces News produces content for 24/7 Radio bulletins, digital and social platforms, and a daily half-hour TV programme.

The ideal candidate will be a journalist who is as comfortable commissioning content for Instagram as they are checking a legal query from a reporter in court.

You'll be able to deploy staff with confidence on a breaking story, have good editorial judgement and be comfortable risk assessing situations. 

You will be experienced in using analytics to inform your work. We need someone who is confident in using data to gain insight into story selection and treatment.  Using analytics, you will be happy to come up with ideas for the direction of our coverage. 

Your job will be to ensure that we make the best use of our journalism for every platform.

Your job will be to support the busy news desk and on occasion stand in as News Editor.

You will need to be up to date with current affairs and the stories that dominate Defence. 

We're looking for the following skills and experience:

Experience of working in a busy newsroom

Good editorial judgment and legal knowledge 

Data literacy: experience in understanding and using data to inform day to day work

Confidence juggling multiple stories at once

Good diplomacy skills and experience of building and maintaining relationships

Good negotiating skills

Enthusiasm and creativity

The ability to risk assess a situation before deploying crews 

Some experience of leading a team is preferred but not essential.

The closing date is 4th February 2021. However,  we do reserve the right to close the advert earlier, therefore, we strongly advise you to apply when you see the advert.  

To apply; Please send a copy of your C.V and a covering letter stating your salary expectations to [email protected]

Please ensure that you read our company's privacy policy https://about.bfbs.com/privacy-policy by applying for this role, you are consenting to the company storing your personal data, as per the privacy policy. If you have any questions relating to this, please email your questions to [email protected]

BFBS is a great place to work and we are looking for someone who has a passion for this type of role within a broadcasting media charity.

We value diversity within the organisation, and we are an equal opportunities employer who actively encourages people from all cultural backgrounds and people with disabilities.

We particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within BFBS. If a candidate with a disability applies for a role within BFBS and meets the minimum required skills, they will be guaranteed an interview.

We offer lots of additional benefits, including free secure parking, Canteen (not open at present though), beautiful office surroundings, medical Insurance, pension, generous annual leave entitlement, sickness absence pay, access to Udemy online training and development courses, 4 x salary life insurance and free refreshments.

We thank you for your interest and application. We can’t guarantee to be able to respond to all applicants, therefore, if we do not contact you within 10 working days of the closing date, you have been unsuccessful. Please look out for other opportunities on our website http://jobs.bfbs.com

‘Work for Us’

Our values and culture

Trust, quality, going the extra mile and a drive to innovate underpin our mission to entertain, inform, connect and champion the armed forces, their families and veterans. 

Our audiences trust what we say and the quality of what we deliver. We take this responsibility seriously so are committed to excellence, and to developing the knowledge and expertise of our people. 

We are a modern and vibrant organization, but with a rich heritage of entertaining and informing the armed forces, connecting them with loved ones when they’re far from home. 

Diversity and inclusion  

We want to attract talented people from a wide range of backgrounds and with different preferences and experiences.

We strive to create an inclusive and collaborative working environment where everyone can contribute, learn, develop, be themselves and grow together.

Our Belonging Network works to ensure that we treat everyone equally and with dignity, integrity and respect, regardless of background.

Our Diversity Employment Network is committed to improving our ability to recruit staff from different backgrounds. 

Our people

Who works at BFBS?

  • Experienced journalists
  • Award-winning video producers
  • Creative digital storytellers
  • Gifted radio presenters
  • Technologists and engineers who deliver media content securely in remote locations across the globe
  • Talented people in finance, marketing & communications, TV production, events, project management, HR, IT and product development.

Our backgrounds, skills and experience are truly diverse. But we all share a passion for what we do and a genuine commitment to the well-being of the UK armed forces community. 

Working with the armed forces

We are truly invested in, and a vital part of, the ‘military family’. Entertaining, informing, connecting and championing them is at the core of everything we do.

Some of us are ex-services, while others are from the media, broadcast and creative industries. 

But irrespective of our individual backgrounds, we are driven to meet the needs of all our audiences. From the morale of the armed forces to the confidence of veterans retraining for civvy street. And from charities struggling to communicate from disaster zones to curious civilians interested in the work of our armed forces.