Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter Scheme

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BBC Kick Off Reporters 2018

Key details

Scheme dates: 22 July – 1 September 2019 (including induction)

Duration: 2 days per week for 5 weeks.

Location: UK-wide

What will I do as part of the scheme?

The BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter Scheme gives talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds the opportunity to learn and develop sports reporting skills at the BBC.

Kick Off sports reporter scheme is for people taking the first steps in a possible sports reporting or broadcasting career - NO previous media or journalism experience, education, or training is required.

These work experience placements are two days a week for five weeks. Placements are in BBC radio and online sites, alongside BBC Sport teams across the UK.

Who are you?

We are looking for:

  • Sport-minded, driven, committed and talented people from all across the UK.
  • A proven passion for sport and for telling stories.
  • A willingness to further your career in sports journalism.
  • You don't need to have any prior journalism experience to apply. 
  • You'll need to be aged 18 before the start of the scheme. There are no other age limitations.

A number of previous trainee reporters have used this experience to go on and gain employment in the industry and we hope you can be next.  Don’t miss out on your chance to follow in their footsteps.

What will I do as part of the scheme?

  • The scheme provides a two day comprehensive training course at the BBC Academy. You will need to attend this training to take part in the scheme. Travel, accommodation and food costs are covered by the BBC for this training.
  • 2 days a week, 5 week unpaid placement within a BBC radio or online sports department.
  • A mentor from your chosen BBC site.
  • The opportunity to gain useful skills in sports reporting.

Placements run across the UK. Stations/locations are pre-selected by the BBC. You can then select which BBC location you’d prefer to do your placement at during the application process.

You will be provided with an induction and be assigned a mentor at your BBC location. You will also be supported by the central managers of the scheme. You’ll be given feedback on your performance and will also be asked to give your own feedback as well.

Your placement will be two days a week for the five weeks. Your hours-per-day and days-per-week can be flexible to suit the placement‘s editorial requirements and your availability. You're likely to need to travel around the area, depending on the needs of the sports department. You’ll be able to discuss your hours and any expectations with your Mentor once in your placement.

The placement is unpaid but we can reimburse travel expenses for up to £15 per-days-attended.

There is no guarantee of a career at the end, but you will be well equipped to apply for freelance or casual jobs at the BBC or in the wider broadcast industry. A number of previous trainee reporters have used this experience to go on and gain employment in the industry. We’ll give you the skills, experience and confidence that you need to succeed as a sports reporter or producer. The rest is up to you.

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