Chanise Evans

Growing up in Telford in the Midlands, I didn’t set out to be a journalist.

I did know I wanted to be a leader and create change for those from underrepresented communities like myself. I applied to the BBC Digital Journalism Apprenticeship and was successful. It combined my two favorite things, telling stories and technology.

Graduating the BBC Digital Journalism Apprenticeship I achieved a DISTINCTION and the highest overall grade in my End Point Assessment which is now used as the standard to mark against.

Since starting at BBC Radio Coventry where I trained in Radio, TV, Online and Digital, I have worked at BBC News Online Birmingham. Ensuring underrepresented audiences are given a platform to tell their stories is extremely important to me. While at BBC News Online Birmingham, every single story I pitched, filmed, and edited featured on the front page of The BBC News website. I brought local diverse communities, with authentic voices to a global audience.

I then moved to London for my current role at BBC Young Reporter. I currently support under 18’s telling the stories that really matter to them. Helping to develop their ideas for broadcast in a way that speaks authentically to young people. The main part of my role is to produce, film and edit digital content for various BBC platforms. In recognition of my abilities, I have been headhunted by various parts of the BBC to present panels, workshops and events. I was also asked to be a part of a Creative Diversity Experience, as a copywriter.

Outside of my role as a digital journalist, I have recently developed my on screen abilities, hosting live online broadcasts such as The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, and a follow up event Graduate Careers Live. My interest in sport has also led me to become involved with sports presenting; I host Netball matches for both the England National Team and Team Bath Netball.