BBC World Service recruitment: Graduate Reporters in Nigeria
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.
They are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Reporter, Children’s News, Africa TV
Job Reference: BBC/TP/83016/24600
Department: BBC Africa Service
Reports to: Editor, Children’s News
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
- 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
- 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
- To compile and present engaging content offering new perspectives and deeper exploration to stories, interviews, profiles and digital content for a youth audience.
- Originate and report compelling news content reports, either online or for TV that will appeal to our target audience – finding innovative ways of treating them and bringing them to life. To write in a clear and engaging way – helping children make sense of the world they live in.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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- The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
- Editorial Judgement – demonstrates balanced and objective judgement based on a thorough understanding of BBC Editorial Guidelines, target audience, programme and department objectives.
- Influencing and persuading – able to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others.
- Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
- Managing relationships and team working – able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
- Resilience – manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.