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Journalist, BBC Russian Service

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

News from the Former Soviet Union occupies an important place in the global news agenda and the BBC seeks to remain a competitive, respected and reliable source of information from across the region.

The Russian Service is one of the largest language services in the BBC World Service. It has a 24/7 multiplatform website and a large amount of video, interactive and audio content. The service’s output aims to make international news relevant to a Russian-speaking audience, and bring international perspectives to bear on developments in the region. It aims to report in a lively and engaging fashion, and interactivity, promotion of content on social media and social newsgathering form a large part of its activities across all platforms.

Role Responsibility

  • Originate story ideas for broadcast, digital and multimedia output from Ukraine and the region in a range of platforms (primarily for digital video). Organise and conduct interviews for broadcast.
  • Suggest and research stories or story elements from Ukraine and the region; to suggest and develop special projects in Russian and English.
  • To suggest new digital formats and techniques.
  • To be able to file in a range of formats, including online articles, TV and digital video packages and other video materials (with appropriate training), lives, 2-ways and radio dispatches if needed.
  • To gather and produce materials for various platforms and in different formats (suitable for online, digital video, TV, social media or as will be required), independently or as part of a team.
  • To go on duty trips to gather information for output in Russian and English, either with a correspondent or individually as required.
  • To work with correspondents on duty trips and on base, ensuring that they are appropriately supported, both editorially and logistically; To organise effective coverage while in the field or on location on the basis of editorial priorities and programme requirements.
  • To stay abreast of latest developments in digital storytelling. To encourage correspondents and editors to think beyond traditional formats.
  • To contribute to the editorial planning process.
  • To search news pegs for texts (materials), to verify and clarify information, to prepare (also in written form) background material.
  • To update the existing and establish new contacts and sources of information.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Evidence of recent original journalistic work of impact in the target area.
  • Languages: Russian at the native level / English (professional working proficiency; written and spoken) / Ukrainian (good knowledge)
  • Experience of reporting in the field on international and Ukrainian current affairs issues.
  • A sound understanding of the needs, platforms and styles of the BBC.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, managing changing priorities in a fast-moving environment, responding promptly and reliably to the requests of your colleagues.
  • Knowledge of video editing principles and experience with Final Cut or Adobe Premier or other video editing software. Proficiency in IT skills, including Microsoft Office programmes. Practical experience and extensive knowledge of the Internet and an understanding of the potential of new technology is essential. Eagerness to master and use new technologies.
  • Experience with digital video will be an advantage.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Local terms and conditions apply

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

Any offer of employment with the BBC is conditional upon you having the right work in Ukraine

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From March 2020 until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

About the Company

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic 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


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