Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and television migrating from analogue to digital.
By joining BBC Hausa, you’ll be a part of the team for a leading international broadcaster; the BBC World Service which reaches more than 90 million people in Africa weekly on Radio, TV, Online (language sites and bbcafrica.com), Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in seven languages: English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Somali, and Swahili. BBC Hausa is the lead provider of radio and digital news in Nigeria and operates the one of Africa’s top Hausa digital sites.
You will work with other members of the Hausa team and the wider BBC Africa newsroom to identify and produce creative and innovative video news content. You will create headlines and video teasers to promote our stories and reach as wide an audience as possible whilst contributing ideas and angles to meetings on how to cover the main news of the day.
The Ideal Candidate
We are seeking a highly creative and versatile Hausa-fluent journalist, with a strong understanding of what makes good digital video and how video is consumed on digital platforms. You will be passionate about digital video storytelling with an eye for a great story and the ability to tell these digital stories in Hausa and English. It would advantageous if you also boasted language skills in Igbo, Pidgin or Yoruba. All candidates will be expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of digital platforms as well as video editing skills.
In order to succeed in this role you will have an in depth understanding of digital and social platforms - the BBC’s and others - and the different ways audiences are consuming news in Africa and experience of using video editing software similar to Q-edit or FCPX.
Also, you will have a wide and up to date familiarity with the area/s to which the Service broadcasts including Africa and an in-depth understanding of the area/s history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience. An extensive knowledge of the media situation in the target area and the way it is developing.
Do enjoy a challenge and would like your work to be seen and heard by millions of engaged daily users? Weve got just the job for you.
At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world. BBC Hausa aims to deliver our journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms. As one of our senior social media journalists youll have a crucial role in leading our engagement with the audience. By joining BBC Hausa, youll be a part of the team for a leading international broadcaster, the BBC World Service, which reaches more than 90 million people in Africa weekly on Radio, TV, Online (language sites and bbcafrica.com), Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in seven languages: English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Somali, and Swahili. BBC Hausa is the lead provider of radio and digital news in Nigeria and to other Hausa speakers across the continent and operates the one of Africas top Hausa digital sites.
You must have demonstrable experience of working on social media platforms, along with excellent editorial experience and strong writing skills. You will lead the day-to-day running of the BBC Hausa social media platforms. The successful candidate will be helping to grow our audience reach and engagement, as well as referrals to our content across all platforms.
You will work with the BBC Hausa digital team with a reporting line to the BBC Hausa Editor and Bureau Editor. You will provide best practice guidance for the teams social media activity, using feedback from performance data to drive success. The Senior Social Media Journalists task is to use social media effectively to spot the news as it breaks, curate and cultivate user generated content, identify viral content, develop and manage onsite communities and offsite social presences, with the aim of maximising reach and awareness. You will ensure that the social offer is engaging, coherent, upholds BBC Newss editorial values and further establishes BBC Hausa as a ground breaking interactive site especially amongst young audiences.
The Ideal Candidate
You will have a proven and successful record of working in an online production environment with demonstrable experience and enthusiasm for social media and interactivity, an excellent knowledge of developments in social media and related areas. Youll have an eye for a good story, the ability to tell digital stories in Hausa and English and have video editing skills. It would advantageous if your language skills extended to Igbo, Pidgin or Yoruba.
You must have strong editorial judgement and a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and libel laws. You will have the ability to create new form/short form content from the development of an idea through to editing and publishing and have experience producing content specifically for social platforms like Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. You must have a self-learner approach to new technologies and an understanding of their potential is essential.
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