BBC World Service Graduate Reporter Recruitment

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 Sports weekly TV programme and innovative digital sport content alongside existing African Sport output.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Reporter, Children’s News, Africa TV

Job Reference: BBC/TP/83016/24600
Location: Lagos
Department: BBC Africa Service
Reports to: Editor, Children’s News
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time

Job Summary

  • As part of its new investment in content for Africa, the BBC is launching a new TV and Digital service for children which will explain and help them to make sense of the world they are growing up in. The content will include news stories and features and will tackle issues relevant to young people. We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and creative reporter to join our team and shape BBC Africa’s coverage for young people.
  • The successful candidate will have a strong journalistic background together with lots of ideas for how to engage children in the news
  • A career at the BBC offers you an opportunity to tell stories that can change lives. The aim of BBC Africa is to showcase the diverse ideas and aspirations from across the continent. They will deliver content and will be expected to contribute innovative ideas, drive the creative vision and present the content.

The Job

  • The Reporter will work within BBC Africa’s children’s programming team and will play a rucial role creating engaging, youthful and relevant news and current affairs content from Lagos and the surrounding regions. The Reporter will have fresh, innovative and creative ideas and a clear understanding of how to deliver stories for Africa’s youth.
  • The successful candidate must have:
    • High level spoken and written English and Hausa.
    • A good feel for strong and distinctive stories.
    • Experience of producing content for multi-platform outlets

Responsibilities

  • To act within the framework of overall BBC coverage, especially by Reporters and Producers in the region working for BBC Newsgathering; to maintain co-operative relations and ensure coverage forms part of a coherent overall offer.
  • 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 discussion programmes, 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 carry out all BBC instructions regarding business expenditure including timely and accurate filing of expenses claims.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience Required

  • Substantial previous experience of working in a broadcasting news or factual environment, with strong knowledge of African news and current affairs.
  • Experience of on air reporting and presentation particularly in video to highest standards. Authoritative microphone voice and ability to communicate effectively to listeners and viewers.
  • Excellent reporting and film-making skills – the ability to bring news to children in innovative ways that engage, excite and inspire.
  • Outstanding and fluent spoken and written language skills in English and Hausa and experience in presenting content in those languages.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to create fun, informative news content for children.
  • Demonstrable in depth knowledge of the audience requirements, and a good understanding of youth issues and the media interests of various age groups.
  • First class news judgement and a thorough understanding of BBC Editorial Guidelines, media law and Editorial Policy – particularly in relation to children’s issues.
  • An understanding of the changing broadcast environment and the challenges of the broadband world as it affects children.
  • A knowledge of and aptitude for information technology skills. A demonstrable interest and proven track record in social media.
  • Clear and engaging broadcast voice and ability to communicate effectively to viewers and listeners in Africa.
  • Ability to convey story and programme ideas and to contribute fully to the planning process.
  • Ability to remain calm when working to deadlines, apply sensible work priorities and pace him/herself through assignments.
  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team and to communicate effectively.
  • An understanding of BBC Africa and BBC World Service’s aims and objectives and the programme needs of other parts of the BBC.

Application Closing Date
19th February, 2018.

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