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Senior Journalist (Digital video)

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Job Introduction

The BBC World Service has grown its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from six to twelve, and investing in modern TV and Digital production facilities.  The BBC’s digital journalism in Africa is an expanding field and our ambition is for our content to reach underserved audiences – such as younger and female audiences and more diverse demographics across Africa.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Journalist to contribute to our ambition to create impactful content for African and global audiences.

Role Responsibility

You will work with journalists to commission, develop and create original digital journalism including video, text and visual content. You will help and inspire individuals develop rough ideas into clear and structured pitches. You will give feedback to journalists on projects and help them shape and execute digital treatments including short, mid and longform videos and look for opportunities to exploit platforms as a way of reaching underserved audiences in Africa.

The Ideal Candidate

How would you like to play a senior role in a multi-talented team, helping to tailor original digital content for millions of young African based users?

Would you like to work with amazing journalists across Africa to help focus their storytelling to digital audiences on and off BBC Africa platforms including YouTube, Instagram and Facebook?

There’s never been a better time to join the BBC Africa digital team. More of our audiences than ever before are consuming digital content. Our ambition is to meet the audiences on platforms where they spend most of their time, and to innovate and experiment with various storytelling formats.

We want to leap from one-size-fits-all to a bespoke, platform specific and audience targeted storytelling approach.

We are looking for an experienced senior journalist to help innovate and develop our storytelling, to help us nurture and develop in-house talent as well as originate short, medium and long-form content for young audiences on the continent.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

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

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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.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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