When does it start?
The Kick Off Sports Reporters Scheme will run from 23rd July – 14th September 2012
Where will I be based?
Training and work placements will be based all over England at selected BBC Local Radio stations. You will work on radio and online output.
Can I choose which areas I want to do my work placements in?
No. We select various BBC Local Radio stations which choose to take part in the scheme. You decide which one is nearest you.
I want to be a researcher / director / producer. Is the scheme for me?
No, the Kick Off sports reporter scheme is for people taking the first steps in a possible sports reporting or broadcasting career.
Will I be offered training?
Yes. The scheme offers a two day comprehensive training course in all the skills you need to become a Kick Off reporter.
What support will I get on the scheme?
You will be assigned a mentor at your BBC Local Radio Station, and you will be supported by the managers of the scheme.
How will I know how I am doing?
You will be given feedback on your performance and you will be asked to give your own feedback too.
What hours will I work?
You will work two days a week for the eight weeks of the placement. Working patterns in terms of hours per day and days per week will vary greatly depending on the work you are doing. You may sometimes have to work long and unsociable hours to meet deadlines, and you are likely to need to travel and work around the area, depending on the needs of the sports department.
Will I be paid while I'm training?
No, but all reasonable travel expenses will be paid, and accommodation will be provided.
Will I be paid whilst working?
No, but all reasonable expenses while at work will be paid.
Will I get work at the end of the scheme?
There is no guarantee. However, at the end of the scheme you will be well equipped to compete for freelance or casual work at the station or elsewhere in BBC Local Radio or the wider broadcast industry.
Is there a long-term career for me at the BBC?
We hope so! Many of our trainees are now working in full time jobs at BBC Local Radio and BBC Sport. We’ll give you the skills, experience and confidence that you need to succeed as a sports reporter or production person – the rest is up to you.
How did the trainees do in 2011?
Here’s some information to what reporters got up to on last year’s scheme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/journalism/blog/2011/08/bring-us-your-passion-for-spor.shtml
You can find out what they’re doing next in the BBC Kick Off Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/kickoffreporters/
If there is a question needing answering that is not here then email KickOffReporters@bbc.co.uk and someone will get back to you.
To apply for the 2012 BBC Kick Of sports reporter scheme click here. Closing date is 23:59 on Wednesday 6th June.
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