Journalism Trainee Scheme

Hands-on experience researching, writing and broadcasting news

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Key details

Scheme start date: September 2020

Duration: Twelve months

Location: London, Salford, Cardiff (English language)

What will I do as part of the scheme?

You will undertake training while working alongside news teams creating content for multiple platforms. You’ll get hands-on experience involving researching, writing and broadcasting news.

We offer general journalism trainee places around the UK which means you could be working in one of our newsrooms or news programmes in London, Salford, Cardiff, Shetland or Orkney.

The scheme takes 10 months to complete and will equip you with the skills to move into a permanent role at the BBC.

Who are you?

You will:

  • Be fascinated by news and current affairs with a passion to share people’s stories.
  • Demonstrate strong evidence of original news journalism and creativity and have lots of ideas to make innovative output.
  • Be curious and regularly read, watch and listen to a host of local and national news on websites, TV, radio and social media.
  • Be flexible and adaptable due to the pace of work and learning process – although you should be working a normal 35-hour week, please note that working in journalism is not a 9 to 5, Monday to Friday job. The hours can be long when you are working to tight deadlines, but they can also be very rewarding.
  • Be a team player who enjoys working with a wide range of colleagues and members of the public.
  • Be 18 or over by the time the scheme starts in the autumn

We are unable to accept your application if you do not have the legal right to work in the UK.


We are a diversity champion and we promote a good working environment for all existing and potential staff ensuring equal treatment for all of our employees. We have formed a partnership with VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA. Click here to view our vacancies in an accessible format. If you have a disability you will also have the option to go through our Extend Hub when you apply.

What are we offering?

  • Competitive salary £21,216 (or £25,776 for London Trainees).
  • First-rate training throughout the scheme led by specialists and senior BBC journalists.
  • A mentor to support and guide you during your training.
  • 26 days’ holiday pro rata with the option to buy an extra 5 days.
  • A defined contributions pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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