Hi – I’m Tolu Adeoye and I’m one of a new group of trainees on the BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme. We’re all pictured here with Helen Boaden, Director, BBC News. The programme is designed to attract people to journalism who have not trained, or worked, as broadcast journalists before – recruiting people who can use their experiences and skills to reach diverse audiences. Krupa and Trish, who work on World Have your Say, were trainees on the 2008 scheme. We’d love to hear what World Have Your Say listeners want and expect from new BBC journalists.
There are fifteen of us and we’ll be based across the UK from Plymouth in the south west of England, to Newcastle in the north east. There will be a trainee in each of Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cardiff, Wales; and Glasgow, Scotland. Most of us will work in regional news but there is also a specialist trainee covering politics, two sport trainees and one World Service trainee. We spent three weeks at the BBC’s College of Journalism where we had basic training in story writing, ethics and law.
We are all incredibly different, with varied experience and character, but what we have in common is our passion for journalism, and an enthusiasm for finding good stories for a wide audience. Amongst us is Ross, who has travelled to over 100 countries and worked as a travel writer for the past 11 years; Zak, a graduate of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, who’s lived in Lebanon and Israel; and Leila, who has worked for Amnesty International and in the UK’s Liberal Democrat Policy and Research Unit, on the Foreign Affairs portfolio.
We’ve just started our first placement in online journalism. In June we move to radio and finally we have TV placements starting in September. The scheme lasts for a year, but we all hope it’s just the beginning of a long career with the BBC.
We met Mark and Ros for an insightful discussion on the importance of audience driven content. So here is your chance to tell us what you would want from us in our careers as BBC journalists.