Reports to: Near News Editor, BBC Africa
Grade: Local terms and conditions
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 Women’s Discussion weekly TV programme, other discussions programmes and innovative digital content alongside other African content.
Multimedia Journalists are responsible for all aspects of discussions output including the production and presentation of live and recorded content, reporting, presenting, script-writing, packaging, translating, and compiling TV programmes.
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
The Ideal Candidate
- First class communication skills in written and spoken English. Ability to communicate effectively in Swahili or another African language is preferable.
- An excellent understanding of what audiences are looking for in TV, digital and social media 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 news, current affairs and discussions, in particular stories that appeal to an African audience and excellent contacts.
- 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.
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