Journalist, BBC Igbo at BBC World Service

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  • Post Date : September 13, 2023
  • Apply Before : September 15, 2023
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  • Job ID 32462
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  • Gender Male or Famele
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Job Description

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

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Journalist, BBC Igbo

Location: Nigeria
Employment Type: Full Time

Job Purpose

  • As a BBC Journalist you will work creatively across all digital platforms – audio, video and text – to ensure that the Igbo Service output develops and grows a distinctive character and status in its target area.
  • On a daily basis, you will engage actively with the audience ensuring consistency of output. You will be required occasionally to do field reporting as required.
  • Shift work will be required which will include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.
  • To create bespoke optimized content including social media posts, reports, compilations, interviews, discussions, ‘explainers’, features video, photos, infographics and other editorial content for social media networks and on all BBC Igbo platforms.
  • To ensure that any output material for which the post holder is responsible meets the standards required by the BBC.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work with other members of the Igbo and Nigeria team, and the wider BBC Africa newsroom, to identify and produce creative and innovative audio, text and video news content.
  • To originate innovative formats for BBC Igbo social media posts best suited for each social network, including Facebook and Instagram and optimize these formats using social analytics and then champion the use of successful formats across the team.
  • Re-version BBC material with a mobile audience in mind.
  • To create multimedia content for publication on social media and the BBC Igbo mobile audiences, as appropriate and to the required specification whilst maintaining professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
  • Research, storyboard and produce stories.
  • Create headlines and video teasers to promote our stories and reach to as wide an audience as possible.
  • To show visual creativity in the use of pictures and graphics to illustrate and explain fast-moving events and complex stories.
  • Create headlines and video teasers to promote our stories and reach to as wide an audience as possible.
  • Contribute ideas and angles to meetings on how to cover the main news of the day.
  • To show visual creativity in the use of pictures and graphics to illustrate and explain fast-moving events and complex stories.
  • You may be required to travel off base on short reporting trips and assignments.
  • To experiment with emerging tools and platforms.
  • Working to short deadlines for breaking and developing stories.
  • All staff may be required to work with or move to other teams, and to have the ability to work across a range of skills and in a flexible manner, and to carry out these responsibilities in accordance with the BBC’s overall standards and values.
  • The job holder will be expected to work and think collaboratively at all times – both within World Service and across the wider BBC.

Are you the right candidate?

  • A full command and up to date knowledge of written and spoken Igbo
  • In depth understanding of digital and social platforms – the BBC’s and others – and the different ways audiences are consuming news in Africa
  • A strong journalistic track record with knowledge of Africa and African affairs.
  • Experience in digital journalism content production and audience engagement.
  • Ability to work well with other producers, reporters and teams.
  • Wide and up to date familiarity with the area/s to which the Service broadcasts including Africa , Nigeria and West African affairs and an in-depth understanding of the area/s history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience. An extensive knowledge of the media situation in the target area and the way it is developing.
  • Proven editorial judgment and flair, able to make sound decisions quickly.
  • Knowledge of the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and commitment to the editorial aims of BBC News.
  • Must be able to work well and calmly in a live newsroom environment; handle a rapidly changing news agenda, and have the temperament to enjoy the process.
  • Must be able to demonstrate sense of visual awareness as well as technical aptitude.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety policies and practices.

Job Impact:

  • Decision making High level of responsibility and decision making; able to operate alone. No managerial responsibility. May be informally supported by junior staff i.e. Researchers, Coordinators and Assistants.
  • Scope Covers a wide range of journalism activity, producing news content and supporting the production and presentation of programming.

Application Closing Date
15th September, 2023.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • This job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance.
  • This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.

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