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Journalist, Planning BBC Africa Vacancy at the BBC World Service

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, Planning BBC Africa

Job Reference: BBC/TP/1394352/41949
Location: 1 role in Lagos (Contuinuing) and 1 role in Abuja (until 13th November 2019)
Contract: Continuing
Job Category: Journalism
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Business Unit: News – WSG World Service
Reports to: Senior Journalist Planning  – Lagos and Planning Editor – London

Job Purpose

  • Originate and produce, as part of a team, a wide variety of news and current affairs content for relevant output.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver outputs in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
  • May be required to present the content on radio, TV or on line. This might be live or recorded.
  • May include the production and presentation of programmes. This might be live or recorded
  • Exercise editorial judgment in developing story ideas and producing accurate and impartial journalism.
  • To undertake pre and post production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. Use a range of video, audio & digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
  • To liaise closely with other team members and with other departments in the BBC, to ensure that output material is shared, duplication is avoided, and best practice is upheld
  • Take a lead within a team setting or on delivering a specific piece of journalism or project as appropriate
  • To tailor different news treatments for different audiences ensuring that the output  reflects the audiences we serve
  • To prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines staffing and resources available
  • To produce engaging packages through a range of production skills
  • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.
  • At all times to carry out duties in accordance with the BBC Health and Safety policy

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience  
Essential:

  • Be fluent in English with knowledge of more than one language, broadcast by BBC Africa in West Africa, being a distinct advantage
  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people
  • Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC
  • Effective planning and organising skills, ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, prioritising, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities
  • Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for multimedia output
  • The flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances
  • Significant recent experience as a journalist, with a good knowledge of production techniques
  • Demonstrates sound editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage, the programme departments and the audience
  • Ability to use technology as required, in order to gather material for broadcast.
  • Understands how a team works effectively and adopts the most appropriate role
  • An understanding of Health & Safety procedures and how it applies to broadcasting

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.

Deadline: 1st August, 2019.

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

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