Broadcast Journalist (Multimedia)
In an exciting new partnership, BBC Africa is working with Kenyan broadcaster KTN to co-produce a lively, weekly current affairs, English language programme for Kenyan audiences. It will feature an in depth look at strong African stories, look at issues that touch the lives of Kenyan at home and abroad, deliver original storytelling and hard-hitting studio discussions and interviews. All our journalists work across TV, Digital and Social platforms.
The Multimedia Journalists will work as key members of the editorial/production team in Nairobi for BBC Africa and our partner’s new co-production. They will be responsible for producing clear and engaging news and current affairs content, reporting or presentation for the daily TV programme and digital platforms. Shift work will be required which could include early/late shifts, weekends and public holidays.
Our Multimedia Journalists are responsible for all aspects of news output including the production and presentation of live and recorded content, reporting, presenting, script-writing, packaging, translating, and compiling TV Bulletins.
Multimedia Journalists produce accurate, informed and interesting news and programming. They are versatile with proven journalistic skills or equivalent experience, good on-screen presence and broadcast voice, energy, creativity, flexibility and an in-depth understanding of the news, politics, culture and social issues relevant to an African audience. In addition, all of our journalists are involved in creating digital video for our website and social platforms, and writing for our website. They work on social platforms also to promote our content and engage with our audiences. First class communication is essential.
- To report, present, research, write, translate, edit and adapt stories or programme material for BBC Africa’s TV, radio and online audiences.
- To offer original and creative ideas for multimedia content. To suggest new angles on existing stories and to put forward stories not yet covered.
- To work with graphic designers to produce creative and original graphics sequences.
- To maintain professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhere to the BBC’s and our partner’s Editorial guidelines.
- To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To be able to freshen a story.
- To be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes. To respond to breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve technical difficulties.
- After training, to be able to use a range of digital equipment and technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes and content.
- To ensure that BBC and our partner’s Editorial values and guidelines and all relevant legal and copyright requirements are met, asking for the support of managers in cases of difficulty or doubt.
- To work closely with both media organisations including other BBC African language teams, BBC reporters and producers across BBC departments.
- All journalists may be required to work with or move to other programme teams on a multimedia basis and to have the ability to work across a range of skills.
The Ideal Candidate
- Outstanding written and spoken English. Written and spoken Swahili or other local language is desirable.
- A good knowledge of what works on TV and digital platforms within the market.
- Proven track record of coming up with ideas and seeing them through to delivery, ideally in a creative or media environment.
- Exceptional knowledge of African and Global news and current affairs, particularly in Kenya.
- Relevant experience as a journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others, is highly desirable.
- Ability to write scripts and adapt with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.
- An excellent broadcasting voice and strong reporting skills with the ability to perform with flair.
- A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience involvement.
- A demonstrable interest in new media and how to exploit it for the BBC’s purposes.
- Good keyboard/computer skills and the ability to acquire technical skills and to operate technical equipment.
- An understanding of BBC Africa’s distinctive news agenda and a wider interest in the strategy of the BBC as a whole.
Grade: Local Recruit
Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK/the country that the role is based in.
About the Company
“Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation”
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