Runner Etiquette.

In some ways TV people can seem quite laid back compared to professionals in other industries. We invite people for a chat rather than an interview, our work clothes are very casual and we advertise jobs on Facebook.

But that’s just because those things make it easier for us to do our jobs. Regardless of whether you’ve seen a job advertised on Facebook or been asked to come in for a chat; you should still approach it with the utmost level of professionalism and in a polite manner. This includes when applying for a job and being on the job itself.

Here are some guidelines for Runner etiquette and trust us; going against them will seriously hinder your changes of getting work.

Etiquette when applying for a job.

  • Always address the employer by their name. Jobs are pretty much always posted with an email address, which usually includes the employer’s name, or on a Facebook post, which makes knowing their name even easier. Not bothering to include their name makes you look lazy. Gone are the days or “Sir / Madam” or “To Whom It May Concern.”
  • Spell their name correctly. Spell it wrong you give the impression that you lack attention to detail or don’t care enough to double check.
  • Don’t add employers on Facebook. It’s unnecessary and unprofessional.
  • Always include a subject heading and if the employer stated a particular one to use, make sure you use it. Fail to do this and you fail to demonstrate that you listen to instructions.
  • Always include a brief cover email. Writing nothing and just attaching your CV is, yet again, lazy and unprofessional.
  • Don’t mark your CV as important. This is arrogant and annoys employers.
  • Don’t follow up emails asking if they’ve received your original email or send your CV more than once. It’s pretty much guaranteed they’ve got it and if they haven’t replied, they just haven’t had time yet.
  • Research the company and personalise your cover letter. This shows you have taken some time to look into what they do and have a genuine interest. However…
  • Don’t go over the top with praising the company. Stating that you are in awe of their incredible life-changing productions is way too much, especially if the production company happens to make commercials. (True story).
  • If you’ve seen a job post on Facebook, don’t take it any less seriously as if you’d come across it by any other means. Make sure your email is polite, professional and completely free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • If you don’t get the job, move on and don’t ask for specific feedback. The employer doesn’t have time to do this and if you didn’t get a call, its very likely you did one of the things listed above and subsequently ended up in the trash pile.

Etiquette on set.

  • A Runner should be seen but not heard. Always be on standby ready to help, but don’t get in the way or distract the cast and crew.
  • Have a positive attitude and approachable demeanor. No-one wants to work with a Runner who looks miserable or thinks they’re above making someone a cup of tea.
  • Make an effort to learn and remember people’s names, even if they don’t know yours.
  • Don’t sit on equipment or move kit. For some reason people love sitting on apple boxes and the grip department hate this.
  • Always have your phone on silent. You really don’t want to be the person who ruined the shot because their phone started ringing.
  • Don’t take photos on set and share them on social media.
  • Be polite and respectful to everyone on set. You’ll be spending a lot of hours together and its important to get along. Besides, you never know who someone might be. The guy wearing shorts and a cap could be a fellow Runner but he could also be the Executive Producer.

Etiquette after a job.

  • It’s perfectly ok to email an employer after a job to tell them you enjoyed working with them and hope they will bear you in mind in the future. However…
  • Don’t bombard them with emails. One email immediately after the job is fine, more than one is annoying, one email every week is incredibly annoying and will likely get your email address blocked.
  • If some time later – let’s say 6 weeks – you’re available for work again and would like to get in touch with your previous employers to let them know, then that again is fine as long as you stick to the ‘one email at a time’ rule.
  • If you have any queries over pay, for example if you don’t think you were paid overtime as you should have been or your mileage hasn’t been reimbursed, get in touch with the employer as soon as possible. Don’t wait a few weeks and then ask about it. They may already be on another job by then and it could be a long, arduous process to sort it out.

With so many people applying for Runner positions, you simply have to make your job application stand out as one of the good ones. Failing to do so will, time and time again, hinder your likelihood of getting work. Similarly, once you get a foot in the door you should do everything you can to keep it there and make a good reputation. First impressions and good reputations are vital to a successful career in the film and TV industry.

Photo Editor

The Role:
The Bloomberg Photo Service is looking for a weekend photo editor to be based on the London picture desk. The role consists of expediting photos for use on all Bloomberg platforms as well as receiving, edting and sending content to clients. In addition to having an excellent understanding of news, the position also requires excellent picture judgment, advanced knowledge and experience with industry standard editing tools and a thorough understanding of journalistic ethics. The position reports to the head of EMEA photos in London and is a contract role based on a 5 day week including Saturday & Sunday.

-Supporting internal platforms by fulfilling image requests and photo research for Bloomberg stories.
-Liaising with the TOP editors on photo content for all Bloomberg platforms.
-Prioritizing and updating images according to relevancy on Bloomberg platforms as news updates.
-Editing and processing incoming images to select the most relevant and newsworthy content for internal & external clients.
-Making appropriate editorial decisions on illustrative imagery on Bloomberg platforms.
-Reviewing and correcting image metadata to conform to Bloomberg guidelines.
-Researching accurate information for captions.
-Handling photographer assignment briefs.
-Gaining permissions for use on hand-out imagery & licensing imagery from third party sources.
-Monitoring the content and landing pages of Bloomberg platforms to keep the sites current, ensuring prompt elimination of any technical or content errors, or content that is out of date or no longer functional.
-Monitoring and updating the photo desk diary, assist with forward planning.
-Flag breaking news and upcoming events to assignments editor.
-Stay informed and well read on business, finance and political news.

-University degree preferred in a related field such as Photography, Journalism or Communications, Digital Media
-Excellent knowledge of image legal restrictions, licensing and permissions.
-Experience in editorial news photography.
-Fully conversant with content image management systems such as Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, ftp transmission, related software, etc. across Mac & PC platforms.
-Skilled at managing, using and creating content for social media platforms.
-Ability to maintain speed, accuracy and efficiency in fast-paced environment.
-Demonstrate strong knowledge of industry style of captioning, writing editorial cutlines for web platforms and IPTC standards.
-Strong working knowledge of global current events especially in business, finance and politics.
-Excellent writing skills, spelling and grammar.
-Foreign languages a plus, especially French, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Italian etc.
-Ability to prioritize heavy workload and meet strict client deadlines in a global environment.
-Excellent verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
-Must be highly motivated, reliable, flexible and organized.
-Available for variable shifts

Legal Terms:
Promoting Equal Opportunities

Bloomberg employs over 15,000 employees in over 192 offices around the world. It is a company that is committed to an ongoing policy of attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. All staff are treated in a non-discriminatory manner in respect of all aspects of employment.

As part of Bloomberg’s ongoing drive for diversity and inclusion Bloomberg works with a variety of organisations to source interns from a variety of backgrounds. These include (from time to time):
– Bangladesh Football Association
– Career Academies
– WORLDwrite
– Kids Company
– ReachOut
– Employability
– Body + Soul
– Rugby Portobello Trust
– Blind in Business

Bloomberg also works with Blind in Business to encourage those who are visually impaired to apply and Bloomberg has joined MyPlus Consulting’s disability champions scheme in order to focus on recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilities. Bloomberg further seeks to identify and address areas of under-representation by running targeted forums which have recently included Women in technology and Black and ethnic minorities. The requirement for these types of forum are reviewed on a regular basis.

Internally in order to promote equal opportunities, numerous soft skill development opportunities are available on Bloomberg University (BU) to all employees. Available courses include mandatory harassment and discrimination awareness training for employees and managers, mandatory interview and hiring training for anyone involved in the recruitment process to ensure that a fair and consistent process is followed, and mandatory grievance training for all members of Bloomberg’s grievance committee. Those chosen to be Team Leaders also undertake a 15 hour ‘Leadership Fundamentals’ course, which specifically covers diversity and inclusion in a team context. These training sessions are further supported by a wealth of policies contained in Bloomberg’s Employee Resource Guide available on Bloomberg’s intranet.

In the course of submitting your application, you will be providing Bloomberg with your personal information. You consent to Bloomberg using that information for the purpose of considering your suitability for employment, as well as for general statistical analysis and reporting purposes, including candidate activity and demographic reports. Bloomberg will process your information in compliance with applicable laws on data protection.

If we do not employ you at this time, you agree that we may retain and use the information that we obtain as part of your application process so as to be able to consider your application later if a suitable position becomes available and, if appropriate, to refer back to this application if you apply again. If at any time you no longer want Bloomberg to consider your application, please let us know at Careers- Feedback, in which case your information will be stored securely for no more than one year from the date of notification and access to it will only be made if and to the extent necessary for legal and regulatory purposes.

Bloomberg is a global company and you therefore consent to Bloomberg processing your information on its servers in the United States of America. Bloomberg is committed to compliance with its privacy obligations and for that reason will apply the Safe Harbor Privacy Policy when processing your information on its US servers. If you are applying for a position outside the EEA and US, you agree that Bloomberg may also process your information on its servers in the country in which the relevant position is located. In processing data either in the US or any other country, employees of Bloomberg will only access your information where necessary:

-to consider your suitability for employment;
-for general statistical analysis and reporting purposes; or
-to comply with legal or regulatory obligations.

Creative Producer


We are the successful campaign that helps young people make a difference on issues that are important to them. Our specialist production unit [Creative Resources] helps young people get their message across with dramas and factual films, music videos, publications, websites and posters. We have a separate team producing films for broadcast.

We’re looking for a skilled Creative Producerwho can apply their talent across several genres, including video production. They must be able to work easily with young people from all social and cultural backgrounds to develop, guide and ultimately produce effective films and other creative resources that do them credit, and achieve the objectives they desire. The Creative should have some demonstrable skillsin two/three of the following; video production, music production, script-writing, Final Cut Pro, Motion, InDesign, PhotoShop and website creation.

The Creative Producer must be prepared to travel extensively, and regard evenings and weekends as part of their normal work pattern, because this is when young people are often available. They will be entitled to time off in lieu for any additional hours they work. They must be able to work effectively and harmoniously in a creative team, and will be expected to work in other disciplines when necessary, and to provide support or resources to other parts of Fixers.

Producer, Features

Are you able to identify original and creative ideas for food, as well as ideas across a range of lifestyle genres?

Do you possess strong journalistic skills along with sound editorial judgement to ensure the programme maintains its integrity?

If the answer is ‘yes’ we have a fantastic opportunity to join our team on Lorraine as a Producer. We are looking for an experienced Producer who will mainly work overseeing all aspects of the food items on Lorraine, from researching seasonal ingredients and recipes and writing scripts, filming and editing, to securing new chefs for the show. You will also work closely with the rest of the team to source original ideas for Lorraine strands and specials. Lorraine provides a broad mixture of content across current affairs; entertainment news and consumer matters and you will be able to identify original and creative ideas across a range of lifestyle genres. You will be responsible for idea generation and then taking that idea from planning stage to production, helping to create a balanced show.

Ideally you will be a self-shooter with extensive VT filming experience of crafted feature VTs as well as possessing experience of directing single and multi camera location shoots. You will be an excellent communicator with strong journalistic skills and have a positive and flexible approach to your work and perform well under pressure, taking working to tight deadlines in your stride. Experience of having managed and reconciled budgets would also be preferred.

If you are up to the challenge, ITV is a great place to work. If you thrive in a fast paced environment where no two days are the same and you possess the creativity and innovation that will help us achieve our goals, then we’d love to hear from you.

Closing date:1st July 2014

Producer | Client Manager

Producer| Client Manager

Visual Communications Agency – Video – Reading

Changing Horizons is a successful visual communications agency, specialising in corporate video production based in Reading and London. We have an established client list spanning some of the most respected and recognised brands in the world. We seek a creative, flexible and highly organised Producer / Client Manager to join our team at a critical stage of growth.

Salary: Circa £30k plus bonus
Package: 25 days holiday

The role is to:

Produce and project manage client content from inception through to final production
Manage client relationships and win new business

You will predominantly be based in the Reading office, however there is flexibility to work from home from time to time.

Key Responsibilities

Using your creative ideas and your natural ability to quickly comprehend challenging and varied subject matter, you will develop scripts and storyboards to bring to life your clients’ requirements
Your excellent project management skills will enable you to coordinate the appropriate resources to ensure your clients’ needs are met and the projects are delivered on time and to budget.
Your personable nature will help put people at ease and get the best out them in all filming situations e.g. interviews, spoof sketches, voxpops with members of the public.
You’ll meet your sales revenue targets by multi-tasking different projects and nurturing existing client relationships with your professional ‘can do’ attitude.
You’ll grow our existing client list and secure new business in this expanding market. You’ll be challenged to call on your existing contacts and turn these opportunities into sales by arranging face-to-face client meetings and selling the agency’s unique skills and experience to prospective clients
You’ll be eager to develop personally within your role, learning new skills and continually improving the way you work
You’ll be an active team player within the agency

Skills, Knowledge and Experience


Degree educated
Minimum 3 years experience either with a background working with corporate clients in the creative industry (video / web / design) or with a corporate background in sales / marketing / trade marketing / PR / where video communication is frequently used.
Applicants should have demonstrable experience of delivering engaging and impactful communications (e.g. videos, conferences and events, advertising campaigns, social media campaigns, websites, training programmes) and be able to demonstrate their experience and understanding of video communication.
Natural sales ability with the willingness to go the extra mile to build strong client relationships
Proficient in Excel / Word / PowerPoint
Strong project management and multi-tasking skills
Excellent communication skills
Own car & driving licence


Apple Mac experience
Commissioning or using videos as a means of bringing life to communications
Ability to write scripts / press releases / pamphlets / websites
Experience of producing videos, managing film shoots, editing and knowledge of different filming formats

Personal Attributes

Diplomatic and enthusiastic
Creative & adaptable
Quick learner with a high attention to detail
Pro-active and customer orientated/problem solver
Thorough approach/ability to work under pressure and multitask
Good negotiator and team player

Tv: Communities Correspondent, BBC Look North, BBC

* Fixed term contract (12 months)
Job Introduction
We’re looking for a journalist to uncover and report on stories from Yorkshire’s diverse communities for BBC News’ flagship programme in the region, Look North. More than 15% of people in Yorkshire are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background. As an organisation funded by the licence fee, the BBC has a duty to report news which interests all communities, yet in the past Look North has struggled to serve some of these groups.

About us

Look North provides news on BBC1 in Yorkshire ten times a day, including our main half-hour programme at 6.30pm which is the most watched news programme- national or regional- on any tv channel in Yorkshire. 2.5 million people watch Look North each week. That’s around half the adult population of Yorkshire, a diverse region including big cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford; smaller towns in Yorkshire’s industrial heartland where coal, steel and textiles once dominated; and some of England’s most spectacular countryside including three national parks.

Role Responsibility
This is a senior position, working alongside four existing correspondents who specialise in business, politics, health and crime. It’s not a first job in journalism. Previous experience in tv is helpful, but you might work in radio or print at the moment and want to break into tv. If that’s the case we’ll offer training and a mentor. You will need to spot stories and trends, and turn them into compelling television. You will be a key member of the team in editorial discussions and will work as an advocate to underline the importance of community stories in a regional programme.

The Ideal Candidate
You’re an experienced journalist, keen to make a difference, with a detailed knowledge and understanding of Yorkshire’s diverse communities. Contacts who trust you are essential, as is the ability to know a good story and tell it. You’re a good self-starter who works well independently but also fits into a team. An ability to speak Urdu, Punjabi (Mirpuri/Pathwari) or Pashto would be useful.

We welcome interest from everyone irrespective of ethnic group but, as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in this type of role, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


As part of your application we would like you to answer the following question; ‘In no more than 400 words please suggest two ideas for stories from Yorkshire which you would hope to cover for BBC Look North in your first two months in this role; and how you might turn these ideas into compelling TV news reports.’ Please use section 9 of the application questionnaire to give you answer.

The closing date for applications is midnight onThursday June 26th.

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

To apply for this position, please click apply now. Please ntote; all applications must be made via the BBC Careers Hub – we are unable to accept direct CV’s/Applications.

To apply please see this job entry on Media UK.

Football Commentators / Journalists

talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station, is recruiting radio football commentators and journalists for its expanding international team.
talkSPORT is part of UTV Media (GB) one of the largest radio groups in the UK, with market leading local stations in England and Wales. We also own the UK’s leading sports magazine, Sport, as well as being a leading operator of DAB digital radio multiplexes throughout Great Britain.
If you are a native speaker of Swahili, Nigerian accented English, Russian, German, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian Bahasa, Malaysia Bahasa or Portuguese, and have excellent knowledge of English football, with some journalist experience, please send your CV to
The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Thursday 31st July 2014.
talkSPORT is an Equal Opportunities employer.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Broadcast Assistant

Job Introduction
BBC Radio Lincolnshire is characterised by creativity and innovation. With 120,000 listeners each week, we broadcast a mixture of agenda setting news and top quality community based programming. Based in the growing city of Lincoln, we are at the centre of a large and diverse county where everyone has a story to tell.

Role Responsibility
You’ll be part of a small team providing operational and production support during a range of programmes. You will assess and produce calls from listeners whose contributions are a key part of the show, and be the first point of contact with the public for all enquiries. You may also be given an opportunity to work on other areas of output.You will work on social media for the programme, helping to keep Facebook, Twitter and our website updated with appropriate content.You may be required to work shifts at short notice.

The Ideal Candidate
You need to be a creative person, who has an awareness of our audience, output and the topical issues relevant to our listeners.You’ll be bursting with ideas which are topical and locally relevant. You’ll be confident in operating technical equipment both in the studio and on location, and be keento learn about new technology.
You will need an excellent telephone manner, coolness under pressure and experience of dealing with the public. You’ll be a strong communicator, with excellent judgment and the ability to persuade contributors to go on air.
Its important that you have a flexible approach to work as you may be required to work a shift at short notice.
The closing date for applicationsTuesday 24th June.
We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.