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Trainee Junior Researcher – Radio Current Affairs


Application deadline: April 21st 2019

BBC Radio Current Affairs tells innovative and original stories that both reveal and make sense of the world. They make a broad range of programmes offering analysis and in-depth explainers on big issues and people in the news as well as crafted storytelling documentaries. Their programmes include the personal finance series Money Boxthe numbers programme More or Less, and The Why Factor which uncovers the hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions.

They are committed to developing and training entry-level talent and are looking for an innovative, motivated and inquisitive Trainee Junior Researcher to join the team. This placement will provide a unique opportunity to spend 12 months working on a range of programmes made by Radio Current Affairs.

During the placement the trainee will assist with general research across both strand and ad hoc long-form magazine and documentary radio programmes, mainly on Radio 4 and the World Service. This will help them build a strong journalistic background in finding interviewees, assessing and analysing information, writing briefs and coming up with original story ideas and angles. There may also be opportunities for more advanced radio and online production and on-air reporting.


  • How the radio production process works
  • Journalistic research skills
  • Story finding and ideas generation skills
  • Interview finding techniques
  • Audience awareness


  • A curious and inquisitive nature
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A hunger to understand the world and get at the facts
  • Brimming with ideas, with a good understanding of what makes engaging radio


  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • This traineeship is only open to candidates from a BAME background
  • Do not contact the company directly


London W1A 1AA