Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship daily news and current affairs programme reaching 4m viewers per week and actively committed to boosting its digital and social media reach. Over the past 18 months, the programme has vastly expanded its social media profile, and has ambitious plans to continue that expansion with more experimentation and greater resources. We are looking for a brilliant senior digital journalist to develop and expand the programme’s online presence.

You will oversee the development of Newsnight’s rolling web presence in collaboration with the BBC News Website, Mobile & Online and D&E teams. You will evolve and curate the programme’s presence on YouTube and social media, working with the Newsnight team to create distinctive, sharable content. You will work with the programme’s presenters, producers and reporters to embed social media in their reporting and telling of stories, and put digital at the heart of the show. With Newsnight colleagues you will help to build a highly engaged community around the show. You will collaborate with the Impact and BBC News Website teams to ensure that Newsnight digital content is effectively disseminated inside as well as outside the BBC.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have network news experience and excellent news judgement as well as significant experience as a digital journalist. 

You'll have a developed understanding of trends and developments in social media, in particular in relation to news organisations, as well as the ability to communicate diplomatically and instinctively with audiences. 

You'll need experience working on a range of different platforms including You Tube, Twitter and Facebook and a track record of imaginative and natural use of social media, including producing widely shared content and managing digital communities. 

You'll be as comfortable editing video as text with proficient knowledge of FCPX, Social Flow, Castaway and CPS. 

You'll also need to demonstrate a thorough understanding of BBC producer guidelines, including how they relate to social media.

9 month attachment/fixed term contract.

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