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Journalist- Africa Youth Team

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

Job Introduction

What’s New is a highly successful topical TV programme for younger teenagers (12-16) made by BBC Africa’s youth team.  The show aims to help young people make sense of the world they are growing up in, and it gives them a voice on the key subjects they care about. It tackles the serious issues important to them, while remaining entertaining and relatable.  As well as being broadcast on partner stations across Africa, much of our content is distributed on digital platforms including BBC Africa’s social media accounts and the programme’s own YouTube page. We are looking for an experienced journalist with excellent digital skills who is passionate about making content for young people.

Role Responsibility

You will join our team of journalists making our weekly TV programme and you’ll be full of ideas for stories and content which will inspire and engage our audience of teenagers in Africa.

You will be making digital films which work well on both TV and on social media/YouTube, you will know how to reversion these films for all platforms.  You will use FCP or similar software to edit your own material.  You will have a strong track record of making content for young audiences and will have plenty of creative ideas for bringing issues to life through visual storytelling.  You will have a thorough knowledge of Africa and the issues affecting young people there. Good working knowledge of YouTube is required and the ability - with support - to post content, interpret analytics, subtitle, add video timecodes, tag videos, create Gifs and utilise YouTube’s own in-built features to optimise content. 

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have:


  • Good FCP/QEdit skills and evidence of compiling content and editing it independently.
  • Experience of making content for digital platforms and TV.     
  • Good knowledge of Africa and the teenage audience there.
  • Experience of creating content for young audiences is essential and experience of working with young people is an advantage.
  • Good working knowledge of YouTube is required and the ability - with support - to post content, interpret analytics, subtitle, add video timecodes and tag videos, create Gifs, utilise YouTube’s own in-built features to optimise content. 

Package Description

Band: Band C
Contract type: 6 Month FTC & Continuing 
Location: London- New Broadcasting House

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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 important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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