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  • Posted: Aug 23, 2021
    Deadline: Aug 31, 2021
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  • 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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    Journalist (Reporter / Presenter)

    Job Reference: BBC/TP/653414/55487
    Department: BBC Africa Service
    Reports to: News Editor, Gist Nigeria
    Contract Type: Fixed term
    Job Category: Journalism
    Business Unit: News - WSG World Service

    Job Description

    • The following job specification is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work. It identifies the main requirements of the job, but is not an exhaustive list of duties.
    • In an exciting new partnership, BBC Africa is working with Channels TV in Nigeria to co-anchor a lively, weekly current affairs programme for Nigerian audiences.
    • It will feature an in depth look at strong African stories, look at issues that touch the lives of Nigerians at home and abroad, deliver original storytelling and hard-hitting studio discussions and interviews. All our journalists work across TV, Digital and Social platforms.

    The Job

    • The Journalist (Reporter / Presenter) will be working within the co-production team and will play a crucial role providing timely, expert and authoritative coverage of news and current affairs for a Nigerian audience.
    • They will cover stories, issues and events in Nigeria and the surrounding regions and may be required to travel internationally for stories relevant for Nigerians.
    • They will be advising both BBC and Channels TV teams on stories in the patch for wider consumption.
    • The Reporter will be required to report and present for multi-platform outlets, including television, online and social media and radio.

    Responsibilities

    • To originate, select stories and provide expert news coverage for broadcast, fully observing BBC Editorial Guidelines and Channels TV’s Guidelines and regulations. To pitch original stories with both TV and digital treatments, making sure that they work for online, social and TV platforms.
    • To act within the framework of overall BBC newsgathering and Channels TV coverage; to maintain co-operative relations and ensure coverage forms part of a coherent overall offer.
    • To provide a variety of content in English, and where possible in Hausa or Pidgin, often with tight deadlines.
    • To follow safety requirements and instructions, especially in relation to emergencies; and to report any accidents, dangerous situations or defects in safety arrangements.
    • To follow the BBC guide on business expenditure, including timely and accurate filing of expenses claims.
    • To broadcast in English on news topics and events (political, economic, social, cultural, scientific, sport, etc.) in a manner which is authoritative, lively, interesting and readily understandable by a non-specialist audience.
    • To deliver stories which are innovative and engaging for digital platforms.
    • To be able to use social platforms to inform newsgathering decisions.
    • Have a good sense of spotting stories and subjects that would trend or go viral digitally.

    Main Duties
    Broadcast Coverage:

    • 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
    • To travel within the target region and beyond on reporting trips, assignments and for training.
    • Outstanding language skills of written and spoken English.
    • Knowledge of one of the main Nigerian languages (Pidgin, Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo) would be a distinct advantage.
    • Recent and relevant experience as a Journalist with reporting and presenting skills, both in originating material and editing the work of others.
    • A thorough knowledge of national affairs together with an understanding of international affairs.
    • Excellent independent and balanced editorial judgement.
    • A thorough familiarity with the region, an in depth knowledge of the audience requirements and a good understanding of youth issues and the media interests of various age groups.
    • A good understanding of digital platforms and the types of content which do well on them.
    • Knowledge of and aptitude for information technology skills.
    • A demonstrable interest and proven track record in social media.
    • Ability to report and present programmes appropriate to the needs of BBC Africa.
    • Authoritative microphone voice and ability to communicate effectively to listeners and viewers.
    • Proven skills in filing despatches and ability to produce two-ways and make television and radio packages.
    • Newsgathering teams so that colleagues are briefed on the Reporter’s movements and contact numbers at all times, through the assignment.

    Advice & Briefing:

    • To provide regular advice on news developments, briefings on government policy, guidance on agency or newspaper stories and provide input into BBC Africa’s broadcasting strategy.
    • To supply original items for the BBC Africa/ Channel’s TV partnership, coming up with a stream of realistic and costed coverage ideas, working collaboratively with any otherm embers of the team.
    • Contributing constructively to feedback, programme reviews and editorial discussions to improve programme quality.

    Skills, Knowledge and Experience Required
    Essential:

    • Outstanding language skills of written and spoken English.
    • Knowledge of one of the main Nigerian languages (Pidgin, Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo) would be a distinct advantage.
    • Recent and relevant experience as a Journalist with reporting and presenting skills, both in originating material and editing the work of others.
    • A thorough knowledge of national affairs together with an understanding of international affairs.
    • Excellent independent and balanced editorial judgement.
    • A thorough familiarity with the region, an in depth knowledge of the audience requirements and a good understanding of youth issues and the media interests of various age groups.
    • A good understanding of digital platforms and the types of content which do well on them.
    • Knowledge of and aptitude for information technology skills.
    • A demonstrable interest and proven track record in social media.
    • Ability to report and present programmes appropriate to the needs of BBC Africa.
    • Authoritative microphone voice and ability to communicate effectively to listeners and viewers.
    • Proven skills in filing despatches and ability to produce two-ways and make television and radio packages.
    • Ability to convey story and programme ideas and to contribute fully to the planning process.
    • Ability to learn new skills (technically and editorially) and accept constructive feedback.
    • Ability to remain calm while working to deadlines, apply sensible work priorities and pace throughout assignments.

    The successful candidate must have:

    • High level spoken and written English
    • A good feel for strong and distinctive stories
    • Experience of reporting and presenting

    Method of Application

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    Interested and qualified? Go to BBC on careerssearch.bbc.co.uk to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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