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Senior Journalist (Field Producer)

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

Job Introduction

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 a historic multi-million pound expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service has introduced a wide range of new and exciting language and regional content to serve African and global audiences.

The BBC is the world leader in broadcast newsgathering at the forefront of both the range of editorial coverage and technological innovation.

We are looking to recruit a Field Producer to work in Johannesburg on a continuing contract.

Role Responsibility

As a Field Producer, you will be expected to organise, gather, process and deliver distinctive content on a variety of platforms, responding quickly to news and other editorial issues. 

You will suggest and research new stories and offer ideas for the BBC’s digital platforms.  You will also be required to travel for work, both inside South Africa and elsewhere on the continent

We expect you to be creative in TV and digital storytelling techniques and interested in development of new formats and as well as new ways of gathering and processing material from the field for multiple platforms. You are also expected to ensure that content reflects our diverse audiences.

You should also seek improvements in content production to develop further efficiencies in working practices, as well as have experience in managing deployment budgets to deliver value for money.

To produce in the field news with a team who are needing to deliver breaking news to main BBC News output. This may include producing, researching; writing; video/radio editing and leading a deployment, sometimes in hostile environments, but always fully observing the BBC Editorial Guidelines.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be a fluent English speaker and writer, with demonstrable experience of working in a news broadcasting environment. You will have excellent editorial judgement and knowledge of the target audience, their needs and expectations. Knowledge of Africa issues and current affairs is essential, as well as an understanding of the importance of the BBC's values in accuracy and impartiality. Knowledge of a local language is desirable, but not essential.

Shooting and editing photo and video skills and experience of gathering journalistic material through other technical means is important.  You will have a thorough understanding of the latest developments in digital storytelling and have practical experience of using the relevant technology.

Experience of working in radio would also be an advantage.

Please see the attached Job Description for more information.

Package Description

12 month fixed term contract/attachment 

Role based in Johannesburg

Local terms and conditions

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in  South Africa. 

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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


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