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You want to work with one of the world's greatest news organisations. Therefore, you'll be committed to intensive training – probably away from home – in the hope that you can make a career as a broadcast journalist.

You'll have a genuine interest in news and current affairs and/or sport. You regularly read the BBC's local and national news and sports websites, watch TV news and keep up to speed with news on the radio. You enjoy all sorts of media and are interested in working in TV, radio and online journalism.

You'll need to have lots of ideas to make original output, be able to write quickly, accurately and compellingly under pressure and you'll have an eye for a striking image or an ear for good audio –arresting pictures and audio, strong stories and clear and concise writing are essential elements of TV and radio programmes and of internet journalism.

Trainees turn their room into a TV studio

You will be able to report the news fairly, accurately and without bias and be able to bring this to air by perseverance and working well with a range of colleagues and contacts.

You will relish the challenge of using your own experience to help us reflect the diversity of the UK and serve our audience better. Our journalists need to reflect and understand the audiences we serve - for example, the different geographical regions of the UK, the experience of Black and Asian people, socially disadvantaged people and those with disabilities.

You will be resilient and have the flexibility to work unsocial hours (including nights and weekends). You will be a team player who works well with a wide range of colleagues and members of the public. You must also be a self-starter, willing to work on your own initiative where necessary.

You should understand the BBC's values and qualities which we expect our journalists to have.

Before you apply please consider the following…

One of the key elements of the scheme is that the placements take place across different BBC sites in the UK. You are unlikely to be based close to home, so if you prefer to live and work near family and friends this may not be the right path for you.

The scheme will give you the chance to learn new skills in TV, radio and online. We want you to keep an open mind about where you might end up. If you really only want to work in one area, then this scheme may not be the one for you.

The scheme is designed to push you to develop a number of different skills (sometimes all at the same time!) But some of the work may be repetitive. If you don't think this sounds like your kind of thing, then this scheme may not be right for you.

Kierra interviews Lee during a radio training excercise

Successful trainees have to be flexible and will be expected to work shifts or weekends, sometimes at short notice. This pattern of working is typical in the media industry so if you don't want to do this then, again, our scheme may not be right for you.

We must stress that this is not designed for people already working in the industry or those with recent broadcast journalist qualifications.

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