The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service has increased its digital operation for the Somali audience and also introduced a daily Somali TV news programme. We are looking for a Journalist with significant recent experience covering news and current affairs in Somalia and the Horn of Africa region to join the team.
The BBC Somali Service operates a digital first strategy, publishing content online and on social media platforms, alongside producing radio news and current affairs programmes in Somali. The service’s focus is to produce world-class digital content that makes sense of news and events in Somalia and its neighbouring region for our local and global audiences.
A career at the BBC offers you an opportunity to tell stories that can change lives and at BBC Africa it is our ambition to showcase the diversity of ideas and aspirations from across the continent.
Working closely with other Journalists in the service, the successful candidate will create content for a variety of broadcast and digital media platforms, in multiple formats including audio and video.
You will use your knowledge of the digital media market to produce interesting news content for our website and social media platforms.
You will work across all BBC Somali platforms to ensure the highest quality content is created for our audiences and conforms to BBC Values and editorial standards.
Using a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology, you will research, write, assemble, edit and deliver outputs in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
You may be required to present the content on radio, TV or online. This might be live or recorded.
You will exercise editorial judgment in developing story ideas and producing accurate and impartial journalism.
You will undertake pre- and post-production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. Use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
The Ideal Candidate
To be successful in this role, you should have the following skills and experience:
- Demonstrable knowledge of digital platforms - the BBC’s and others - and the different ways audiences are consuming news.
- Excellent command and up to date knowledge of spoken and written Somali language as first language (or equivalent)
- A good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively
- Significant recent experience as a broadcast journalist for the target area, both in originating ideas and material and in editing the work of others
- Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, and produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for the Service’s multimedia output.
- The flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances.
- Flexibility and willing to learn and work if needed on other media platforms
Contract: Permanent - full time
Based in Nairobi, Kenya
Local terms and conditions apply
Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Kenya.
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