BBC News Shanghai – camera operator/editor vacancy


SHANGHAI SHOOT EDIT (Camera operator/Editor)
Local Hire role
Closing date – Tuesday 31 October. (Midnight Beijing time)

The Shanghai Shoot-Edit (Camera operator/Picture Editor) is chiefly responsible for filming and editing (FCPX) Television and Digital packages and facilitating live broadcasts using Studio, WMT, Live U and Bgan. The role also involves maintaining the safe working order and operation of Shanghai Bureau broadcast facilities (studios & kit) in co-operation with Shanghai based editorial staff and London engineering unit.
The successful candidate will need a background in daily news work and an understanding of the importance of hitting news deadlines.
The role will involve travel around China and the wider Asia Region at short notice and often requires unpredictable hours of work, as well as work in hostile environments and working regular weekends on call.
The successful candidate would work in the Shanghai bureau with the BBC Shanghai Correspondent and Producer.

This role is open to both Expats and Chinese citizens. For Expats the role comes with a work & residence visa for China.
It is a local hire role and does not include housing rental or School fees.

• To shoot material of the highest quality for either live transmission or recording, providing a representative visual and audio account of events. This will include camerawork, sound work lighting, post production digital work etc. (Kit will be supplied)

• To complete, edit, add possible post production graphics and file finished material to meet strict transmission deadlines.

• To work to a brief, delivering material, unsupervised or working with other journalists, contributing ideas to enhance the visual and journalistic content of the story, being aware of the different styles and techniques of the output.

• To “feed” material using a range of systems from permanent circuits to portable and vehicle based equipment. This includes the full range of live camerawork, sound work and rigging.

• To offer and develop story and programme ideas, to suggest new angles on existing stories and ways of moving stories on both visually and journalistically.

• To covering developing stories, amending and updating material as required.

• To undertake field production as required. To set up and co-coordinate on-site facilities to meet programme needs, including leading teams e.g. on multiple camera shoots. To liaise effectively and establish good relations with all other contacts both outside and within the BBC.

• To operate within the BBC’s Safety and Editorial policy guidelines. At all times maintaining professional journalistic, ethical and technical standards.

• To compile and maintain the bureau digital video library in co-operation and consultation with other editorial and technical staff; to ensure material that may be relevant to future broadcasts is edited and logged electronically in the an efficient and accessible manner. After the completion of editing of television packages, you will ensure accurate logging of picture sources in the bureau.

• To gather pictures from outside sources –ie news agencies, other broadcasters, Chinese media, /you Tube etc.

• To be in charge of bureau safety supplies and emergency “grab bags” including personal protection equipment, first aid kits, outdoor and camping supplies. Keeping them in good order and ready for deployment.

• To oversee upkeep and maintenance of all camera equipment in the Bureau.

• To be ‘on-call’ as shoot-edit at weekends as assigned by the Bureau Editor.

Knowledge and Experience:
• Post holders will have significant experience working as a Camera operator in daily news – shooting TV and Digital packages to the highest standard to tight output deadlines.

• Must have the full range of location craft and technical skills, the ability to operate current broadcast technical equipment on location and at base, demonstrating a well developed sense of visual awareness and a willingness to learn, and knowledge of, new technology and kit. They must be proficient on the FCPX operating system.

• Need to demonstrate editorial awareness and judgment

• Willingness and ability to travel in China and Beyond, often as breaking news dictates at a moment’s notice, is vital to the role. As is a willingness to work in hostile environments

• Knowledge of the Chinese Language is not a necessity for this role. Though you will be expected to make an effort to learn some of the language once you are in post.
Please supply the following
• A copy of your CV in English.
• A short explanation in English (300 words maximum) of why you think you would be good for this job.
• Your current salary & desired salary (not compulsory)
• Some links to your work – Both a showreel AND news items.
Please email all the above to
Closing date – 2300 (Shanghai time) Tuesday 31 October
Job Interviews will be in Shanghai in November.
Only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted.


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