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Reporter (Yoruba)

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

Job Introduction

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.

The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media. Globally, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of 320 million weekly across various platforms.

Over the next four years, the BBC World Service will be expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from 6 to 12.

Three of the new language services, Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin, 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 reporter with strong journalism, digital and language skills (Yoruba and English) to work in Ibadan.

Role Responsibility

The BBC is looking for an excellent reporter to produce a dynamic range of digital, audio and video content which will appeal to a young audience. The successful candidate will have some experience of reporting for a digital media organization. Fluent in Yoruba and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of field reporting, delivering creative output for digital and social media platforms. An excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential, including a good understanding of a broad editorial agenda. You will have knowledge of and recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria. Ability to work under pressure and react to breaking news is essential. You must be a self-starter, with a strong ability to work independently.

You must have work authorization for Nigeria.

The Ideal Candidate

  • To supply timely, rich, expert and authoritative coverage (live and pre-recorded) via digital and social media platforms for the BBC Yoruba Service, BBC Africa and the wider BBC.
  • To go on regular newsgathering trips and other relevant assignments for BBC Yoruba, BBC Africa and the wider BBC. 
  • To produce quality, informative content and creative reports for all BBC Yoruba outlets – online, audio/video and social media outlets.
  • To be able to source original material primarily for the Yoruba output for online and social media and share material as widely as possible.
  • To generate original content ideas and to be able to see them through
  • To report breaking news live on various platforms as required

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Salary: Local Terms and Conditions Apply

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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