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Researcher Job Description

What does a researcher do?

·      Originate and/or develop programme ideas 

·      Identify appropriate data, contributors, locations or archive material (including music, still images or archive footage)

·      Collate and assess this information and present it in a clear and concise way for decision makers, both in writing and verbally

·      Develop and maintain good relationships with potential contributors to assess their suitability for a programme idea, checking their availability within time and budgetary constraints and supporting them through the production process

·      Prepare production materials such as fact sheets, pamphlets and booklets to accompany the production

·      Maintains up to date contact lists for potential contributors 

·      Manages petty cash and floats for the production and must keep a detailed record of all income and expenditure 

Am I right for this role?

·      Good knowledge of or be able to acquire good knowledge of a particular subject

·      Good nose for a story and the journalistic instinct to select and bring together key information from large volumes of material

·      Be interested in people and their stories

·      Have a good rapport with people and able to talk to them no matter what area of life they come from

·      Persuasive and a tenacity to get the job done

·      Love of hard work

·      Keen eye for detail 

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