Oct 25

Online Writer/Producer, BBC Singapore

BBC News Online is looking for two writers/web producers to work on its growing Asian coverage.

The writers/producers will be expected to originate, prepare and publish pages of multi-media news, background, analysis and features to the required specification, maintaining professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing, while adhering to the BBC’s editorial guidelines.

Key responsibilities

Cover Asian news for the BBC News website and associated services, in text, pictures and video.

Originate, prepare and publish pages of multimedia news, background, analysis and features to the required specification.

Work alongside BBC colleagues to find creative ways of producing their journalism for the web.

Find imaginative and original ways to broaden the agenda and play a full part in discussing how best to cover the day’s news.

Skills and experience

Proven text journalism skills and editorial judgement.

Ability to produce clean, clear news stories, under the tightest of deadlines. Understanding of what appeals to audiences in Asia.

Understanding of the BBC’s core values. Good writing, subbing and picture/video editing skills.

Strong digital media skills, including knowledge of social media. Proven knowledge and understanding of regional affairs.

Entrepreneurial flair and commitment.

Proven willingness to learn new skills and flexible approach.

Comprehensive knowledge of the BBC’s editorial policy and practice and of the laws relating to broadcast and digital journalism.

Proven commitment to equality and diversity and the maintenance of health and safety standards.

Working knowledge of a regional language highly desirable.


(The term competency refers to the skills, knowledge and core behaviours required to perform a job, or an element of it, successfully.)

Editorial Judgement: Makes the right editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage as well as those of the programme departments.

Creative thinking: Translates news and current affairs into high quality coverage through a detailed understanding of the requirements of the BBC News website and possession of the necessary writing, directing and reporting skills.

Managing relationships and team working: Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works cooperatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

Subject Knowledge: Demonstrates an expanding knowledge of international news and current events in general and specific areas of expertise in particular, including language skills. Develops increasingly useful and exclusive sources of information.

Analytical Skills: Simplifies complex problems, processes or projects. Identifies causal relationships and constructs frameworks for problem-solving and/or development.

Planning and Organising: Thinks ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues such as deadlines, staffing and resource requirements.

Decision Making: Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of decisions.

Influencing Others: Presents sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Draws from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.

Communication: The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.

Understanding Diversity: Understands and appreciates the uniqueness of self and others. Demonstrates, and is committed to improving, understanding of why people react in particularways. Understanding diversity in its widest sense. Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC. Takes a balanced approach to discussing and taking action on diversity issues. Articulates how individual differences can benefit the BBC.

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