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Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Hausa

Job Introduction

At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world. Joining BBC Hausa you’ll be a part of the team for a leading international broadcaster, the BBC World Service, which reaches more than 90 million people in Africa weekly on Radio, TV, Online (language sites and bbcafrica.com), Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in seven languages: Pidgin, English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Somali, and Swahili. BBC Hausa is the lead provider of radio and digital news in Nigeria and for Hausa speakers across the continent and operates the one of Africa’s top Hausa digital sites.

In this role you’ll be leading the BBC Hausa digital effort. Our strategy has a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences. So we are looking for an experienced senior broadcast journalist to provide the creative leadership and vision needed to deliver a mobile, social and online strategy which ensures that our editorial impact in Africa and beyond remains the best.

Role Responsibility

BBC Hausa thinks mobile first and you will be expected to use your extensive knowledge about the user experience to deliver exciting, visual journalism. You will be responsible for ensuring we continue to deliver best practice. You will have ideas about the mixture of content, frequency, packaging and discoverability for the mobile audience.

You will be expected to produce content that will prove to be shareable for online and social - including text stories, picture stories and videos. You will also responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To think through and take a lead around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches for yourself and others.

As a senior digital expert to the service you will line manage staff, will be a main point of reference for supporting training needs and will engage in their development.

The Ideal Candidate

  • A full command and up to date knowledge of spoken and written Hausa as a first language.
  • A good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Significant recent experience as a digital journalist both in originating ideas and material and in editing the work of others.
  • Excellent news and editorial judgment.
  • Ability to supervise the journalistic work of others and manage staff including assisting in their training and development. A good understanding of how to manage and motivate others.
  • Demonstrable track record of imaginative and advance understanding of social media and mobile platforms.

For further information please read the full job description. This can be found at the bottom of the page.

Package Description

Continuing (permanent) role

Based in Abuja, Nigeria

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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