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Broadcast Journalist (Digital), BBC Africa Sport

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is launching a new Sports weekly TV programme and innovative digital sport content alongside existing African Sport output.

We are looking for Digital journalist to work in a new Africa Sports Unit which aims to provide a unique insight into Sport stories in original formats. The African service digital offer consists of websites, mobile sites and Social Media with all services providing multimedia content in text, video, interactive and audio for radio, online, TV, mobile and social media platforms. The successful candidate will need to have excellent knowledge of sport in Africa, global sport, particularly the Premiership and Athletics, and an understanding of what audiences are looking for in digital and social media sports coverage. They must demonstrate strong editorial judgement and solid journalistic skills. The job will require ambition, imagination and a large degree of initiative with the high editorial, journalism and production values expected by the BBC.

Role Responsibility

  • To plan, write and commission sports stories, analysis and features on Sport for Africa using text, video and audio.
  • To originate, prepare and publish pages of sports content, background, analysis, features and video.
  • To create digital video, write for our website and other social platforms and promote our Sports content in an engaging format with the audience.
  • To think up original ways to tell stories, especially for existing and emerging digital platforms.
  • To produce and commission short-form and long-form digital content.
  • To gather content for digital platforms from the field.
  • To contribute to the BBC News website’s Africa desk. The journalist will build on our existing African coverage, including the Africa Live page.
  • To work with graphic designers to produce creative and original graphics sequences which can be shared by other BBC departments.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Good knowledge of sport, in particular sport that appeals to an African audience.
  • Proven text journalism writing and editing skills.
  • Good understanding of social media and user generated content, and of different digital platforms and devices.
  • Excellent written and spoken English is essential. Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa is desirable.
  • Creativity and ideas generation.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Salary: Local terms and conditions

About the Company

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.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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