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Broadcast Journalist (Digital)

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Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is embarking on an exciting journey with unprecedented investment in digital content for Africa and your role will be critical to us in meeting our ambitions. The BBC will be launching a new digital innovation hub in Lagos with the ambition to develop digital journalism in Africa. Your role as Broadcast Journalist will play a key role in helping our content reach underserved audiences – such as younger, more female and more diverse demographics in Africa.

We have an exciting opportunity to create new forms of digital storytelling and journalism that reaches 111 million people in Africa. As a Broadcast Journalist you will join a new multi-disciplinary digital team in Lagos made up of news gatherers , designers, software developers and social media specialists who will be working with journalists working across 12 language services (English, Amharic , Tigrinya, Afaan Oromo, Swahili, Somali, French, Great Lakes , Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa) 

Role Responsibility

  • To work as part of the editorial/production team in Lagos for the BBC Africa Digital Innovation Hub
  • The journalist is expected to have strong writing skills and proven understanding of African news, current affairs, social media and it’s advantageous if the candidate boasts a thematic specialism.
  • The journalist will be expected to originate, prepare and publish pages of multi-media news, background, analysis, features and video.
  • A key part of the job will be to work closely with colleagues from BBC Africa, who work in English and other languages, to ensure the best of their radio, TV, online and social content is made available to the African hub and wider BBC and make sure that content conforms to BBC editorial standards.
  • To produce and commission short-form and long-form digital content
  • To gather content for digital platforms from the field
  • Contribute to the BBC News website’s Africa desk. The journalist will build on our existing African coverage, including the Africa Live page
  • To create digital video, write for our website and other social platforms and promote our content in an engaging format with the audience.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Proven text journalism writing and editing skills, using outstanding English
  • Broad knowledge of and interest in African affairs
  • Ability to produce clean news stories, under the tightest of deadlines
  • Ability to produce original, richly-illustrated features which demonstrate a deep understanding of the issue
  • Ability to work within a team, and provide leadership to less experienced colleagues
  • Good understanding of social media and user generated content, and of different digital platforms and devices
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the BBC’s editorial policy and practice and of the law relating to broadcast and interactive journalism
  • Proven commitment to equality and diversity and the maintenance of health and safety standards

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Salary: Local Terms and Conditions Apply

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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