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Trainee Researcher, Digital Current Affairs

If you’re a budding journalist with a passion for current affairs, apply for this coveted opportunity to gain insight into the world of television production at the heart of the BBC

At BBC Digital Current Affairs, the emphasis is on producing innovative, original short-form content and reaching new underserved audiences. The team at Digital Current Affairs – which is committed to developing and training entry-level talent – are looking for a focused and dynamic candidate to join them for a year-long traineeship split between Digital Current Affairs and UGC/Social News.

Spending six months with each department will give the trainee a well-rounded experience of both producing digital content and engaging the audience. The successful candidate will be offered a broad range of experiences, from development, pitching ideas and researching, to shooting and editing material.

Previous candidates in this role have gone on to be placed in a department where the BBC self- commission and produce original short form content and this has allowed them to pitch their own ideas and go on to produce their own films. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a genuine passion for journalism and television.


  • An understanding of the TV development process
  • How the TV production process works
  • Research skills
  • Audience awareness
  • How to pitch ideas
  • Shooting and editing skills


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for/understanding of current affairs and consumer television
  • Brimming with ideas, with a good understanding of what makes engaging viewing
  • A genuine interest in pursuing a career in journalism and television


  • Please upload your CV and cover letter as one document
  • This traineeship is only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background
  • Please do not contact companies directly