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BBC World Service Recruitment for Multimedia Broadcast Journalist


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 and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is launching a new Sports weekly TV programme and innovative digital sport content alongside existing African Sport output.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Multimedia Broadcast Journalist  

Job Reference: BBC/TP/656733/23916 
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Department: BBC Africa
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Reports to: Senior Partnerships & Production Manager
Contract: Continuing

Position Summary

  • The following job specification is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work.  It identifies the main requirements of the job, but is not an exhaustive list of duties. 
  • In an exciting new partnership, BBC Africa is working with Channels TV in Nigeria to coproduce a lively, weekly current affairs programme for Nigerian audiences.  It will feature an in depth look at strong African stories, look at issues that touch the lives of Nigerians at home and abroad, deliver original storytelling and hard-hitting studio discussions and interviews. All our journalists work across TV, Digital and Social platforms.  

The Job  

  • The Multimedia Journalists will work as key members of the editorial/production team in Lagos for BBC Africa and Channels TV new co-production.
  • They will be responsible for producing clear and engaging news and current affairs content, reporting or presentation for the daily TV programme and digital platforms.
  • Shift work will be required which could include early/late shifts, weekends and public holidays.  

Main Duties 

  • To report, present, research, write, translate, edit and adapt stories or programme material for BBC Africa News TV, radio and online audiences.  
  • To offer original and creative ideas for multimedia content. To suggest new angles on existing stories and to put forward stories not yet covered.  
  • To work with graphic designers to produce creative and original graphics sequences.  
  • To maintain professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC’s and Channels TV Editorial guidelines.  
  • To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To be able to freshen a story.  
  • To be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes. To respond to breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve technical difficulties. 
  • After training, to be able to use a range of digital equipment and technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes and content. 
  • To ensure that BBC and Channels TV Editorial values and guidelines and all relevant legal and copyright requirements are met, asking for the support of managers in cases of difficulty or doubt. 
  • To work closely with both media organisations including other BBC African language teams, BBC reporters and producers across BBC departments.  
  • All journalists may be required to work with or move to other programme teams on a multi-media basis and to have the ability to work across a range of skills.
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Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience  

  • A good knowledge of what works on TV and digital platforms within the market. 
  • Proven track record of coming up with ideas and seeing them through to delivery, ideally in a creative or media environment. 
  • Exceptional knowledge of African and Global news and current affairs, particularly in Nigeria. 
  • Outstanding written and spoken English. Written and spoken Pidgin or Hausa is desirable. 
  • Relevant experience as a journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others, is highly desirable. 
  • Ability to write scripts and adapt with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.  
  • An excellent broadcasting voice and strong reporting skills with the ability to perform with flair.  
  • A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience involvement.  
  • A demonstrable interest in new media and how to exploit it for the BBC’s purposes. 
  • Good keyboard/computer skills and the ability to acquire technical skills and to operate technical equipment. 
  • An understanding of the BBC Africa’s distinctive news agenda and a wider interest in the strategy of the BBC as a whole.

  • Our Multimedia Journalists are responsible for all aspects of news output including the production and presentation of live and recorded content, reporting, presenting, scriptwriting, packaging, translating, and compiling TV Bulletins.  
  • Multimedia Journalists produce accurate, informed and interesting news and programming. 
  • They are versatile with proven journalistic skills or equivalent experience, good on-screen presence and broadcast voice, energy, creativity, flexibility and an in-depth understanding of the news, politics, culture and social issues relevant to an African audience. In addition, all of our journalists are involved in creating digital video for our website and social platforms, and writing for our website.
  • They work on social platforms also to promote our content and engage with our audiences. First class communication is essential.  
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  • The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.  
  • Editorial Judgement: Demonstrates balanced and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of BBC editorial guidelines, target audience, programme and department objectives. Makes the right editorial decisions, taking account of conflicting views where necessary. 
  • Commitment to the BBC and the BBC Africa strategy: Demonstrates an interest and willingness to help the BBC achieve its objectives in the target area. 
  • Creative Thinking: Able to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions. 
  • Planning and organisation: Able to think ahead in order to establish and efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources. 
  • Communication: Able to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information. 
  • Influencing and persuading: Able to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
  •  Managing relationships and team working: Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively. 
  • Resilience: Manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy. 
  • Flexibility: Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements. 

Deadline: 29th January, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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