Journalist, Africa TV (Swahili)
BBC Africa is a multimedia operation with an extremely varied output focusing on African and global audiences. It offers a unique service which delivers first class content about Africa for Africa and the rest of the world. From covering breaking news, sport, arts, business and features to challenging decision makers and discussing issues which affect the daily lives of Africans, our programmes are delivered across a range of platforms.
BBC Swahili broadcasts on television, radio, mobile and digital on www.bbc.co.uk/swahili from London as well as Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. We’re looking to recruit a Journalist with first class TV production expertise to join the London based team that makes a daily news and current affairs programme for our audiences in East Africa.
Our multi-media output is varied but with a strong emphasis on regional and international news and current affairs. Tight deadlines and news updates are the norm, and the ability to enjoy and thrive in such a fast-paced production environment is a quality we look for in all prospective staff.
As a Journalist, you will research, output, report, present, write, edit and adapt stories or programme material for all multimedia platforms, primarily on TV. You'll perform live on audio or video with or without a script, live or in recording sessions, either as a producer, or as a participant in others' productions. You'll undertake pre and post production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. You'll need to use a range of video, audio & digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards. You'll create, produce, maintain and promote online and multimedia content, including social media and interactive output.
Although the roles focus on TV output, you can expect to be involved in all aspects of multimedia journalism including; presenting, interviewing, writing for the web, radio and television reporting and developing our interactivity and social media offer.
In addition, Journalists are expected to work closely with other language services in BBC Africa as well as the rest of the BBC, building relationships that will be mutually beneficial and which enable BBC Africa to take a leading role in our overall coverage of Africa.
Shift work will be required which will include public holidays. Occasionally, you may be required to travel abroad on assignment.
The Ideal Candidate
You will need complete comprehension of written and spoken English and Kiswahili as first or equivalent language and the ability to communicate effectively. You'll need to demonstrate wide and up to date knowledge of East Africa and the wider Africa region and an in-depth understanding of its history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience. Television or video production experience in a newsroom environment is essential including researching, presenting, packaging and adapting stories or programme material for all multimedia output but primarily TV. You'll also need substantial recent and relevant full-time experience as a Journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others in Kiswahili and English. You'll also need recent experience of creating, producing and maintaining online and multimedia content, including social media and interactive output.
Contract: Continuing contract
Salary: £33,795 - £38,000 per annum inclusive of allowances
Closing Date: 11 December 2018
Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work the UK.
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