Digital Journalist at BBC

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Intermediate Level (Level 2)
£12,500 annually
Review Date:
January 2017

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My role at the BBC is a digital journalist. Therefore, when I am at BBC Wales, I work on digital platforms, sometimes writing stories for the online page, creating videos or just running the BBC Wales instagram.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learnt a vast amount of skills during my apprenticeship. Including how to write journalistically, how to edit, film and perform for TV news and how to write bulletins for Radio.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I love the programme I'm on. I love the team i work with everyday in BBC Wales. It's always a great, satisfying feeling when i walk into work and make everyone tea, say good morning and chat whilst we work. It exceeded my expectations and i enjoy it thoroughly.

4. How valued do you feel by BBC?


I feel somewhat valued. There are times where I feel like people don't see me as an actual employee, alot of people see me as unpaid work experience so they tend to disregard me quite alot. Even when i tell them im an apprentice, im paid and im able to work, they don't seem to get it.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My programme was fairly structured, the induction was very long and not very gripping. The training was fun, when it was practical but the theory was bland. Support was phenomenal from Carole Foster. I didn't have a mentor during my time.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Alot. Sometimes i think too much. Carole looks after us and does he entire best to make sure we are happy and are working to our absolute best and make sure people take advantage of what we can do to help us get further.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


My employed would be Matt Evans at BBC Wales. He's golden. He makes sure I have something to do and acts like a father, he makes sure im happy and is always there for me to go in and talk to, about anything.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Not very well. My salary means I'm still forced to live with my parents and cycle to work rather than take the bus. And although i still live with my step mum, i have to pay rent because im working. Since i've had this job, ive never had money in my bank account the week before payday.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Not really. I go to work, then come home, sleep, wake up, go to work. There wasn't much time to do anything and i never had much energy to get up and do something.

9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

it's provided tonnes of brilliant opportunities for me and i cannot describe how much of a life changing opportunity it was. I've seen some amazing things and met some amazing, influencial people.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC? *

Try hard, dont get bogged down by the long application. Make sure you complete it, be yourself, sell yourself and make sure you smile, alot. it really helps

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