Trainee Sport Video Journalist

Full time

6 month fixed term contract 

Home/ Office based (Chalfont St Peter)

Are you passionate about sport journalism and looking to get a first foot on the professional ladder?

Forces News covers a huge range of sports played by the British military, many of them playing at elite level. We’re looking for a trainee VJ to join the sport team on a paid six month contract.

You will have some experience of video journalism (through your university or college course) that will enable you to work in our multimedia news operation.

We’re looking for people who are currently underrepresented in the media, and who have a commitment to journalism, can create engaging video content and a love of finding great story ideas that spark interest and enjoyment with our audience.

Forces News (part of British Forces Broadcasting Service) delivers quality and engaging coverage of defence news that is broadcast on radio, digital channels and social media. You don’t need any experience of defence news and sport to apply, just a willingness to learn.

You can see what we do on our YouTube channel.

Our HQ is just outside London but the sport team is rarely to be found there. They spend their time across the country on live broadcasts, doing interviews and reports.

What you’ll be doing

  • Working alongside our sport team, creating and delivering quality videos for Forces Sport Show and Forces News TV and digital platforms.
  • Creating social media content.
  • Getting involved with the Newsroom and Sports Desk coming up with ideas, attending daily editorial planning meetings, and filming and editing your own content to be broadcast.
  • Learning from and working with a wealth of broadcast journalists in news and sport.

You’ll need to demonstrate:

  • You have great research skills and are curious about what is going on in the military world.
  • Love producing content on different platforms, including online and social media.
  • Are a motivated self-starter.
  • Clean driving license

What you’ll get during your six-month traineeship

  • Salary in line with the Living Wage.
  • Six month contract
  • A dedicated Line Manager and Video Journalist Mentor
  • Access to our in-house BFBS Academy, which hosts a range of courses to help your career.
  • The chance to go out and about filming events in locations not usually accessible to the public.
  • Pastoral and practical help offered around equipment, workspace, any remote working costs and expenses.
  • A framework outlining the training and projects you will be working on throughout the traineeship.
  • An opportunity to apply for a full-time role at the end of the traineeship.

How to apply

Please click the below 'Apply now' or e-mail [email protected] and send your CV with an e-mail outlining the skills and experience that you can bring to this role. 

We would be grateful if you can also complete the Equal Opportunities form and submit as part of your application.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate current eligibility to work in the UK.

What we offer

We offer a competitive employee benefits package that has been designed to support your health and well-being, and care for you financially. This includes a generous holiday entitlement, flexible/hybrid working, family friendly policies and employee assistance programme.

We are a modern, vibrant and forward-thinking organisation and attract talented people to join and develop at BFBS, where we strive to create a diverse and collaborative working environment where everyone can contribute, learn and be themselves. We have a number of networks run by our community of colleagues, including Wellbeing, and Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information about BFBS and what we can offer you, please go to Careers at BFBS

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Due to the number of applications received, if you do not hear from us within 14 days of applying you have unfortunately been unsuccessful on this occasion.