Journalist, BBC Monitoring - Iran Team

Date Posted: 15 days ago
London W1A 1AA

Job Description

Job Introduction

At BBC Monitoring, we track, translate, summarise and analyse local media sources to make sense of what is happening on the ground around the world. Our international perspective means we keep across broadcast, press, social and digital media sources in multiple languages, especially where reliable news and information are in short supply. Our extensive operation enables us to provide insightful and reliable coverage of political, economic, security and media news. Our round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, digital media and news agencies is also provided to a wide range of users, including commercial clients.

Main Responsibilities

This role requires a combination of good Persian (Farsi) an ability to write well in excellent idiomatic English, regional knowledge, news awareness, familiarity with media sources, as well as digital and research skills. Working as part of a team, you will ensure that BBCM creates products that are insightful, relevant and deliver high value to users. On a day-to-day basis, you will contribute to the BBC’s coverage of Iran by monitoring local media for key developments, coming up with new angles, ensuring accuracy and adding context as well as integrating video, images and data into BBCM's output.

You'll use a variety of tools and techniques to mine the media for news, identify emerging trends and narratives and contribute to advance planning for coverage of key events.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have an excellent knowledge of Persian (Farsi) and a high standard of written English, as well as a thorough understanding of news and media developments in Iran and the wider Middle-East. You’ll have experience as a journalist with expertise in the local media environment, including social media, and an ability to write about developments in idiomatic English in a way that is engaging and relevant to different users and on different platforms. You’ll be willing to embrace new ways of working and new technology to find and analyse information. With strong interpersonal skills, you’ll work closely with other colleagues within your team and across the BBC.

A good working knowledge of other regional languages, for example Sorani Kurdish, Azeri, Baluchi, Arabic or Hebrew would be an advantage.

Applicants should be aware that the nature of the work involves exposure to graphic and at times distressing or disturbing material.

About the BBC

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Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Continuing
Location: London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From March 2020 until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.

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