Journalist

Employer
Comic Relief
Location
London Vauxall
Salary
£34000 - £38000
Closing date
24 Oct 2019

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November - March 2020

As a journalist in the story hub you will play a key role in helping Comic Relief tell powerful stories about the projects that we support, and the people who benefit directly from the work we fund. You will work across multiple departments within the organisation, responding to their requests for content and obtaining consent from beneficiaries. You will help source and then manage a bank of stories.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage a bank of case studies that can be used across the organisation to tell the story of how Comic Relief-funded projects are improving people’s lives
  • Ability and willingness to travel around the UK to source strong stories from projects which represent the importance of the work we fund.
  • Finding strong stories from projects we fund, conducting interviews (in person and on the phone) and writing these into powerful narratives
  • Work with the BBC ahead of shoots and on location to deliver on message, creative films for BBC regional outlets
  • Working with our social team help to create visual content that is innovative and culturally relevant to fit with CR’s vision
  • Hosting filmmakers, other journalists and photographers at projects with responsibility both for quality of creative output and leading on the safeguarding of the organisation and individual
  • Work closely with investment managers, the media team, the corporate and fundraising team on a day-to-day basis to ensure that cross-organisational needs for content and stories are being met on deadline
  • Ensure the welfare and safeguarding of the case studies is at the heart of the job and informed consent and appropriate follow up support is provided for all projects and project beneficiaries
  • Play a proactive role in helping the organisation to develop new, fresh and innovative ways of storytelling

Essential Education and Competencies:

  • Experience of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent writing ability and proven track record of finding powerful real-life stories
  • A skilled researcher with experience of working with data with speed and accuracy
  • Adept at producing work for a wide range of multimedia outlets and audiences
  • Experience working for charities preferable
  • Collaborative worker – able to work closely with all teams, communicate effectively and manage competing demands
  • Demonstrable experience of being able to meet deadlines
  • Strong organisational skills, the ability to multi-task and excellent attention to detail are critical
  • Experience dealing with complex real-life stories and knowledge of safeguarding and/or consent issues
  • Resilient – with the ability to stay the course during the height of delivery

Comic Relief positively welcomes, and seeks to ensure we achieve, diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people and we will guarantee a first stage interview to all disabled applicants who sufficiently demonstrate in their application how they meet the essential criteria for the job as outlined on the person specification of the job description.

Registered charity 326568

Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"

AND IF YOU'VE GOT A FEW MINUTES TO SPARE HERE'S THE MORE DETAILED ANSWER:

Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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