2015 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for African Journalist ( Chance to work at the BBC in London – All expense paid, Fully Funded)

Job Reference  : BBC/TP/7228/10717
Contract Type  :   Work Experience
Closing Date   :02 February, 2015
Job Category  : Journalism
Business Unit  : News
Location    London, United Kingdom

Komla Dumor was a journalist of Africa. His passion was to tell African stories to the world with honesty and integrity.It’s a legacy that the BBC wants to continue.

The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

The Ideal Candidate

To apply for this prestigious award, you must be currently living and working as a journalist in Africa with 3 to 10 years’ experience as a professional journalist in Africa. You must also have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent journalism skills, including in digital and social media.
  • Broadcasting experience is preferable.
  • An excellent broadcasting voice and strong presenting skills with the ability to perform at the microphone with flair.
  • The ability to identify and pitch a strong original African story idea, aligned to the BBC editorial guidelines http://www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines/
  • Wide and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the African continent, including politics, business, culture, history and sport.
  • Fluency in English as a first or equivalent language

Additional requirements for all applicants

  • You must provide a CV (maximum two pages) / complete a careers hub profile.
  • You must hold or be able to obtain by 1st March 2015 a passport that is valid until at least 31st January 2016.
  • You must not be a current or former member of BBC staff.
  • If successful, your employer must be willing to release you for three months from September 2015 for you to travel on your own to take up your placement in London.
  • The visa requires that you hold a degree or are studying towards a degree equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
  • References, proof of employment, birth certificate, passport, an appropriate UK visa and proof of level of English will be required from shortlisted candidates.


  • The winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor award will receive a once-in-a-lifetime training and development opportunity with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2015 and running for three months.
  • Working with teams from across BBC News, the winner will produce an African story for the BBC and have their story and their voice shared across the continent and the world.
  • They will be supported by a high-level BBC mentor and attend courses run by the BBC’s world-class training department, the BBC Academy.
  • The BBC will pay for the winner’s flights to and from the UK and for their visa.
  • The BBC will also arrange and pay for the winner’s accommodation in London during their placement.
  • The winner will receive £2,000 per month for the three month placement to cover their living expenses and a one-off payment of £5,000 as a contribution towards loss of salary in their home country.
  • Some of the above may be subject to taxation (and deductions will be made as appropriate).

The award entries will be judged and the winner decided by:

Andrew Roy – World Editor, BBC News. Formerly Head of News for BBC World News

Vera Kwakofi – Current Affairs Editor, BBC Africa

Charles Onyango-Obbo – Author and Editor, Mail & Guardian Africa. Formerly Executive Editor for Africa at the Nation Media Group.

Please ensure you read the terms and conditions before applying.

If you do not meet the criteria but want to develop your journalism skills, the BBC provides practical advice. http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/journalism

To apply you will need to register and create a profile on the careers hub.

If you have any issues when applying please contact: [email protected]

Apply Now for the 2015 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award


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