BBC Bilingual Reporter - Africa Jobs in Nigeria

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.


BBC Bilingual Reporter - Africa Jobs in Nigeria


Responsibilities


  • To originate, select stories and provide expert news coverage and analysis for broadcast, fully observing BBC Editorial Guidelines.
  • To pitch original stories with both TV and digital treatments, making sure that they work for online, social and TV platforms.
  • To act within the framework of overall BBC coverage, especially by Reporters and Producers in the region working for BBC News gathering; to maintain co-operative relations and ensure coverage forms part of a coherent overall offer.
  • To provide a variety of content in English, and where possible in other local languages, often with tight deadlines.
  • To follow safety requirements and instructions, especially in relation to emergencies; and to report any accidents, dangerous situations or defects in safety arrangements.
  • To follow the BBC guide on business expenditure, including timely and accurate filing of expenses claims.

    Broadcast Coverage:

  • To broadcast in English on news topics and events (political, economic, social, cultural, scientific, sport, etc.) in a manner which is timely, authoritative, lively, interesting and readily understandable by a non-specialist audience.
  • To deliver stories which are innovative and engaging for digital platforms.
  • To be able to use social platforms to inform news-gathering decisions.
  • Have a good sense of spotting stories and subjects that would trend or go viral digitally.
  • To alert Editors to breaking news and be ready to file accurate, immediate on-the-spot reports.
  • To be prepared to check and advise against coverage when news agencies or other organisations’ reports are unreliable.
  • To help provide contact numbers, interviewees, set up big interviews and provide other programme material to the BBC.
  • To maintain regular and clear communication with the African Service and BBC Newsgathering teams so that colleagues are briefed on the Reporter’s movements and contact numbers at all times, through the assignment.
  • To travel within the target region and beyond on reporting trips, assignments and for training.
  • Advice & Briefing
  • To provide regular advice on news developments, briefings on government policy, guidance on agency or newspaper stories and provide input into BBC Africa’s broadcasting strategy.
  • To supply original items for the BBC Africa, coming up with a
    stream of realistic and costed coverage ideas, working collaboratively with the Deployment Editor.
  • Contributing constructively to feedback, programme reviews and editorial discussions to improve programme quality.


    Requirements


  • Outstanding language skills of written and spoken English and Hausa.
  • Excellent level of scripting for Radio and TV, with good on-screen presence.
  • Recent and relevant experience as a TV Reporter and/or Journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others. A thorough knowledge of national affairs together with an understanding of international affairs.
  • Excellent independent and balanced editorial judgement.
  • A thorough familiarity with the region, an in depth knowledge of the audience requirements and a good understanding of youth issues and the media interests of various age groups.
  • A good understanding of digital platforms and the types of content which do well on them.
  • Knowledge of and aptitude for information technology skills.
  • A demonstrable interest and proven track record in social media. Ability to present programmes appropriate to the needs of BBC Africa.
  • Authoritative microphone voice and ability to communicate effectively to listeners and viewers. Proven skills in filing despatches and ability to produce two-ways and make television and radio packages.
  • Ability to convey story and programme ideas and to contribute fully to the planning process. Ability to learn new skills (technically and editorially) and accept constructive feedback.
  • Ability to remain calm while working to deadlines, apply sensible work priorities and pace throughout assignments.


    How to Apply


    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 29th May, 2019.


    For more information and job application details, see; BBC Bilingual Reporter - Africa Jobs in Nigeria


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