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The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster. Funded primarily through the television licence fee, the BBC provides audiences in the UK with high quality and distinctive services across television, radio and online. It informs, educates and entertains - wherever you are, whatever your age The BBC maintains a number of separate ventures across the world some of which help fund it’s public services. BBC World Service, BBC World News, BBC Worldwide and BBC Monitoring are some of the ways people might encounter it’s services internationally.
The BBC’s Africa Hub is looking for a creative journalist aware of the emerging and unreported stories about African women.
We have an exciting opportunity to create new forms of digital storytelling and journalism that reaches 111 million people in Africa. As a Women Affairs Journalist you will join a new multi-disciplinary digital team in Nairobi made up of news gatherers, data journalists, software developers and social media specialists who will be working with journalists working across 12 language services (English, Amharic , Tigrinya, Afaan Oromo, Swahili, Somali, French, Great Lakes , Pidgin, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa)
BBC Africa aims to make, explain and connect African and global stories by providing a unique insight into the main stories of the day in original formats. The African service digital offer consists of websites, mobile sites and Social Media with all services providing multimedia content in text, video, interactive and audio for radio, online, TV, mobile and social media platforms.
Join a new African digital innovation team of multitalented journalists with the mandate to innovate and influence the next generation of African women.
As a Women Affairs Journalist you will:
- Generate, research, produce and edit multi-media journalistic pieces aimed at BBC Africa’s female audience.
- Suggest ideas about new ways of engaging the female audience; and to put these ideas into practice.
- Identify compelling digital and TV content and translate into a form suitable for our multiple platforms
- Think of creative video/digital treatments for some content
- Present or report live across digital platforms, TV and radio by providing up to date with the news agenda in the region and understand how it’s playing out in social spaces.
- Participate in short- and long-term planning, offer new ideas and to suggest new angles on existing stories and to put forward stories not yet covered.
- Produce and develop women’s blogging network within the Africa
- Work across platforms (online, social media, TV etc.) and ensure that the female agenda is covered across all of the Service’s output, in a relevant and engaging manner, in adherence to the BBC’s editorial guidelines
continuing (permanent) contract
Local terms and conditions apply
In an exciting new initiative, BBC Africa is working with new broadcast partners to co-produce a lively, weekly programme for Kenyan audiences.
This purpose of this role is to lead a new Africa Unit and launch the new TV programme and digital products for African and in particular Kenyan audiences. The post holder will have excellent knowledge of news in Kenya, pan- African news, global news and an understanding of what audiences are looking for in digital and social media news coverage as well as a real nose for original, creative journalism. The role will work closely with BBC African News Editor and news specialists across the BBC, both domestic and in global news outlets.
The Ideal Candidate
- Excellent track record of delivering high impact, multiplatform News content for an African audience.
- The ability to deliver editorial innovation and develop great digital and TV content and stimulate new thinking about news journalism.
- Experience of leading and managing a team of journalists.
- Experience of managing budgets and observing tight financial targets.
- A solid understanding of major Kenyan, African and international news and how to maximize their potential.
- Excellent communication skills to establish and develop strong working relationships with colleagues in numerous BBC departments
- Strong planning, negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to co-ordinate and plan news coverage from major events.
- Knowledge of the African media market and the changing needs of the audience.
- Thorough knowledge of African News and international current affairs.
- Strive for diversity of contributors, in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability and age.
- Experience of making sound judgements on matters of editorial sensitivity.
- Knowledge and practical experience of weekly and/or daily journalism.
- Resilience, determination, ambition, energy and enthusiasm.
- Outstanding written and spoken English.
- A thorough knowledge of all the requirements of the BBC Producer Guidelines and Editorial policies.
- An understanding of the agendas and requirements of the various BBC News international facing platforms and those of other broadcasters in the Kenyan market.
- A high level of editorial awareness and judgement in line with BBC and News Directorate policy.
- Appreciation and demonstration of the BBC Values.
- Written and spoken Swahili.
Department: BBC Africa
Reports to: Senior Partnerships & Production Manager
Method of Application
Use the link(s) / email(s) below to apply on company website.