Job: OurBeeb editor

openDemocracy is looking for a skilled editor to help shape a public debate about the future of the BBC. Application deadline: May 31st 10am (GMT)

openDemocracy Opendemocracy
13 May 2016

Who are we looking for?

openDemocracy is looking for a skilled editor to help shape a public debate about the future of the BBC. Your role will be to lead openDemocracy's OurBeeb section, to commission and publish articles, develop partnerships and help expand the projects’s readership and impact. This is a part time role, working three days a week.

We need someone with excellent editorial and communication skills and knowledge of the BBC and its history. You must have a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities for public service broadcasting in the 21st century and ideas about how the sector might be transformed in the near future.

This is a key position in a small team, and you will join the project at a critical and exciting moment. The BBC's Charter renewal period will be entering its final stage, with huge ramifications for British media and cultural production. We will be publishing into the online project and also putting together a book, 'What do we want from the BBC?' to broaden the debate at this crucial moment. We may even be in the aftermath of a Leave vote, looking at how public service media might adapt in a UK outside of the EU. 

What is the ourBeeb debate?

OurBeeb is a debate on the nature and future of public service broadcasting across Britain in all its forms and media. As the Charter Renewal process goes on largely behind closed doors we will be asking: How can we ensure public service media are creative and accountable to the public? How can the BBC itself be felt to be 'ours', by the public who fund it and whose many voices it claims to represent?

Funded by 95% of British homes via the licence fee, the BBC belongs to the people, not the government. OurBeeb is independent, non-partisan, and aims to ensure that the discussion about the future of British Broadcasting Corporation is in the hands of the British people. 

Main responsibilities of the role:

· Commission, edit and publish pieces

· Further the project’s impact; build its social media presence

· Identify and build relationships with new contributors

· Represent OurBeeb at media events

· Look into potential for ourBeeb offline debates.

To Apply:

Please send a covering letter outlining how you are suitable for the role and a brief CV to [email protected]

The deadline is: Tuesday 31 May 10am (GMT)

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