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Broadcast Journalist (Video), BBC Pidgin

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

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.

At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world.

BBC Pidgin digital service aims to deliver our journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms. As one of our video journalist you’ll have a crucial role in leading our engagement with the audience.

By joining BBC Pidgin, you’ll be a part of the new team, including Yoruba and Igbo, which will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. They will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.

We are now looking for a creative and versatile journalist and producer who is a passionate evangelist of digital story telling.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a creative and experienced journalist with an excellent understanding of what makes brilliant digital video. 

In this role you will identify and produce engaging and innovating video content. You will also re-version material for BBC Pidgin social media and digital platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and our BBC website.

You will research and produce stories, create headlines and video teasers and show visual creativity in the use of pictures and graphics to illustrate and explain fast-moving events and complex stories.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate, who will be reporting to the Editor, BBC News Pidgin Service, will be an experienced journalist from a newsroom environment. You will have experience in video production, editing, shoot- edit   and storytelling with an in-depth knowledge of digital and social platforms. 

Demonstrable experience of using video editing software is essential (FCPX would be a distinct advantage).

Finally, you will have a fluent understanding of Pidgin, both written and spoken, together with sound knowledge of news and current affairs globally as well as in Africa.

Package Description

Role based in Lagos, Nigeria

Continuing (permanent) contract

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria.

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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