Broadcast Journalist (Video), BBC Hausa, Based in Abuja
Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and television migrating from analogue to digital.
By joining BBC Hausa, you’ll be a part of the team for a leading international broadcaster; the BBC World Service which reaches more than 90 million people in Africa weekly on Radio, TV, Online (language sites and bbcafrica.com), Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in seven languages: English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Somali, and Swahili. BBC Hausa is the lead provider of radio and digital news in Nigeria and operates the one of Africa’s top Hausa digital sites.
You will work with other members of the Hausa team and the wider BBC Africa newsroom to identify and produce creative and innovative video news content. You will create headlines and video teasers to promote our stories and reach as wide an audience as possible whilst contributing ideas and angles to meetings on how to cover the main news of the day.
The Ideal Candidate
We are seeking a highly creative and versatile Hausa-fluent journalist, with a strong understanding of what makes good digital video and how video is consumed on digital platforms. You will be passionate about digital video storytelling with an eye for a great story and the ability to tell these digital stories in Hausa and English. It would advantageous if you also boasted language skills in Igbo, Pidgin or Yoruba. All candidates will be expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of digital platforms as well as video editing skills.
In order to succeed in this role you will have an in depth understanding of digital and social platforms - the BBC’s and others - and the different ways audiences are consuming news in Africa and experience of using video editing software similar to Q-edit or FCPX.
Also, you will have a wide and up to date familiarity with the area/s to which the Service broadcasts including Africa and an in-depth understanding of the area/s history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience. An extensive knowledge of the media situation in the target area and the way it is developing.
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