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  • Posted: May 30, 2019
    Deadline: Jun 9, 2019
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London. It is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation[3] and the second largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, with over 20,000 staff in total, of which 16,672 are in public sector broad...
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    Video Journalist (BBC News Igbo service)

    Job Reference: BBC/TP/654815/39915
    Location: Lagos, Nigeria
    Job Category: Journalism
    Business Unit: News - WSG World Service
    Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time

    Job purpose

    • The purpose of the role is primarily to initiate, gather and produce material for news, current affairs and general programming.
    • Routinely self-shooting and editing complete packages for use across multiple platforms (TV, Radio and Digital/Online/Social Media)     

    Key responsibilities and accountabilities 

    • The main focus of the Video Journalist role is to routinely self-shoot and edit complete news packages, or equivalent. However, the Video Journalist will also be expected to undertake any of the key responsibilities included below:
    • Use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, shoot, assemble, edit and deliver outputs in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards – recognizing the distinct requirements of different types of output
    • Routinely self-shoots and edits complete packages.
    • Routinely fulfills duties unsupervised.
    • May be required to present the content on radio, TV or online. This might be live or recorded.
    • May include the production and presentation of programmes. This might be live or recorded
    • Exercise editorial judgment in developing story ideas and producing accurate and impartial journalism.
    • To undertake pre and post production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. Use a range of video, audio & digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
    • To liaise closely with other team members and with other departments in the BBC, to ensure that output material is shared, duplication is avoided, and best practice is upheld
    • Take a lead within a team setting or on delivering a specific piece of journalism or project as appropriate
    • To tailor different news treatments for different audiences ensuring that the output reflects the audiences we serve
    • To prioritize and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines staffing and resources available
    • To produce engaging packages through a range of production skills
    • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.
    • Willing and adept at passing on skills through training and mentoring.
    • At all times to carry out duties in accordance with the BBC Health and Safety policy

    Knowledge, skills, training and Experience      

    • Ability to gather and prepare audio and video material for use on any service, recognising the distinct requirements of different types of output, self-shooting and editing routinely as the main focus of the role
    • Significant recent experience as a journalist, with a good knowledge of production techniques – especially self-shooting and editing
    • Demonstrates sound editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage, the programme departments and the audience
    • Strong track record of originating and developing stories for news programmes.
    • Ability to use technology as required, in order to gather material for broadcast.
    • Understands how a team works effectively and adopts the most appropriate role
    • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people
    • Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC
    • Effective planning and organising skills, ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, prioritising, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities
    • Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for multimedia output
    • The flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances
    • An understanding of Health & Safety procedures and how it applies to broadcasting     

    Job impact      
    Decision making:

    • High level of responsibility and decision making; able to operate alone.
    • No managerial responsibility. May be informally supported by Junior staff i.e. Researchers, Coordinators and Assistants.

    Covers a wide range of journalism activity, producing news content and supporting the production and presentation of programming.  

    Method of Application

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    Note: The above job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of t he duties involved.

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