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We’re hiring: Video journalist

Quality local video journalism will help the Cable reach new audiences, create high impact content and amplify voices in the city.

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Please note this position is
**now closed**

About the role

Quality local video journalism will help the Cable reach new audiences, create high impact content and amplify voices in the city. 

In this role, you will develop a strategy and bring strong technical skills in production, shooting and post-production aimed at creating a regular variety of video-based content, from short social clips to longer documentaries, from interviews to exploring sub-cultures, hot-topics and deep-dive investigations. As both a contributor and commissioning editor, you will collaborate with freelancers of various types. You will also lead on video-related work for membership, Cable communications and events. 

As a member of the co-operative you will also contribute to the general running of the Cable as a member of one of our ‘workplace circles’.

We are especially encourage applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour, LGBTQI+ and other groups misrepresented or underrepresented in the Cable and in the media as a whole.

If you have any enquires that are not answered below, then please email applications@thebristolcable.org or call our office mobile on 07533718547.

Contract: 12 months fixed term (with possibility for extension)

Salary: £20,475 pro rata (All staff are paid equally)

Hours: 4 to 5 days (30-37.5 hours) per week, depending on your preference. Exact working hours negotiable around responsibilities, eg childcare.

Holiday and entitlements: 36 days annual leave (pro rata, including bank holidays), plus up to 5 days extra paid time off at Christmas, and up to 15 days unpaid holiday allowance. Flexible working by agreement.

Location: Bristol Cable office, The Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG (Default remote working while pandemic restrictions apply).

Applications closing date: 11pm on Tuesday 30th March, 2021

Application process: Apply using the form below

About the Cable

The Bristol Cable is a reader-owned media cooperative, owned and supported by more than 2,300 people across the city.

We produce award-winning local journalism, in print and online, free to access for all. Together, we hold power to account through groundbreaking investigations, campaign for change, and amplify marginalised voices. 

Recognised internationally as a pioneer in the movement for a new media, our mission is to redefine local journalism as a community asset, which is accountable to and serves the needs of our readership.

We would particularly like to encourage applications from people of colour and from women. Where two or more candidates are judged to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a candidate who belongs to a less well-represented group.

Role responsibilities

Video journalism

  • Develop and manage video journalism strategy, practices and protocols to support the effective delivery of high quality content
  • Work with members of the editorial team in a co-producer role to create video content as primary or complimentary content for stories
  • Independently pitch, produce, shoot and edit a variety of video content, from one take interviews to a series of short documentaries, in collaboration with colleagues or freelancers where required
  • Manage and improve distribution of video across multiple channels, including independently and in collaboration with other colleagues
  • Manage collaborations with freelance presenters, animators, editors and others as appropriate 
  • Manage video related hardware and software

Non-editorial video work

  • Lead the delivery of video to support work within the membership, comms and events Circles, such as promotional videos and filming of events

General co-operative responsibilities

The Cable is a co-operative, and we collectively share responsibility for managing the organisation, following the principles of Sociocracy. So, as well as the responsibilities listed below, this role also involves some participation in helping to run the co-op, after an initial settling in period. However, we don’t expect you to have any particular skills in organisational management – just enthusiasm for taking part. 

  • You would feel comfortable in an environment without traditional management and hierarchy, which relies on initiative, willingness to think strategically about your own work (with support from colleagues), and an enthusiasm to develop your skills around interpersonal communication, meeting facilitation and collaboration.
  • You are interested in co-operative styles of working and sharing responsibility for the organisation as a whole, including its strategic direction and our working practices – which includes taking on responsibilities not directly related to your role where appropriate.
  • You are passionate about helping to create an inclusive, anti-oppressive organisation and consider accessibility in the ways you work, such as in communication and events design.

About you

We expect the applicant to meet most of the essentials listed here, and some of the desirables. Nobody meets everything! A university degree is not a requirement, and experience can be in a paid or unpaid context. 

You do not need your own hardware or software for the role. Though working knowledge and skills with both is required. 

Skills and experience 

Essential

  • You will have a keen interest and knowledge of social issues and the ability to see compelling angles and to tell stories in an engaging way
  • You have an excellent eye for journalistic stories and angles that suit the Cable’s editorial approach, and a portfolio of video content to prove it
  • You have proven skills in production, including research, source management, scheduling and interviewing in professional and personable way
  • You have proven skills in video shooting
  • You have proven skills in high quality post-production and video editing, including sound

Desirable

  • Skills in managing and improving distribution channels, including Youtube
  • Advanced research and investigation skills
  • Knowledge of media law and ethics
  • A flair for copy and photographic stills to help effectively distribute the video content
  • Knowledge of Bristol, local issues, communities and organisations

Qualities

A successful candidate will be: 

  • Passionate about the Cable’s journalistic and community mission to centre communities in their local media, facilitate listening and conversation and produce impactful journalism that changes Bristol for the better
  • Well-organised and able to work to strict deadlines
  • A good listener and communicator
  • Interested in being part of a team without traditional management and hierarchy, which relies on initiative, willingness to think strategically about your own work (with support from colleagues), and an enthusiasm to develop your skills around interpersonal communication, meeting facilitation and collaboration
  • Committed to the success of the organisation as a whole, including its strategic direction and our working practices
  • Passionate about helping to create an inclusive, anti-oppressive organisation and will consider accessibility in the ways you work, such as in communication

What we offer   

  • A position in our staff team, either 5 days per week full time (37.5 hours) or 4 days per week (30 hours). This will be a fixed term position for 12 months with potential to become a permanent position, subject to funding
  • A flat-rate salary paid to all staff members of £10.50 per hour, with a 7.5 hour working day (£20,475 annually, pro rata), with opportunities for increases
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 36 days annual leave (pro rata, including bank holidays), plus up to 5 days paid time off at Christmas, and up to 15 days unpaid holiday allowance
  • Flexible working and menstrual period policies, to help you work when works best for you
  • A personal training and professional development allowance
  • You will play a key role in a values-driven and purposeful team, with huge freedom to shape your work, evolve your role, and contribute to our strategy
  • You will be able to learn, share, and be supported by team members who you’ll be collaborating with
  • You will join the Cable’s 10-person team, and have opportunities to take on cooperative management responsibilities
  • You will also join the Cable’s 2,300-person media cooperative, and be able to engage and draw on members’ skills and experience to improve our journalism and connections to city life

You will work at our office in the centre of Bristol, or remotely, depending on changing circumstances relating to Covid-19. We are currently remote by default, but we have an office space which is open. You will need to be available to work from the central Bristol office when we are able to return properly.


Apply to be a Bristol Cable video journalist

This form is designed to capture your experience, skills and approach to working as a video journalist with the Cable. Please keep to the word count and be specific as possible when providing examples and referring to the job description.

We’ve also included an equalities and anti-discriminatory monitoring form that you will be directed too after submission. This will be anonymous and not linked to your application. 

Please note: this form cannot be saved during editing. Therefore we suggest that in order to prevent your work being lost, please prepare answers in a separate document and copy and paste them into the form fields to complete your application.

Please note this position is
**now closed**

Thank you for applying! Any questions can be directed to applications@thebristolcable.org.

Please note: After submission of the form you will be redirected to an anonymous anti-discrimination monitoring form.

(If you are not redirected automatically after submission please access the anti-discrimination form here)

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