BBC Great Lakes Service is daily news and current affairs programme for our audiences in the Great Lakes and the diaspora operating from London. The service’s focus is to create world-class digital and radio content that makes sense of news and events in the volatile Great Lakes region and the world for our local and global audiences.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
A full command of Kirundi language (written and spoken).
Fluent in English; French is desirable.
Proven track record of coming up with ideas and seeing them through to delivery, ideally in a creative or media environment
A passion for International news, African and Great Lakes news and current affairs as well as history, social issues, business, arts/culture and sports.
Proven track record of producing quality content, and proven editorial judgement.
Ability to create content with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.
An excellent broadcast voice and good reporting and presentation skills.
Ability to script write, edit and produce audio/radio content.
Relevant experience as a journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others, is highly desirable.
You will be required to have a proven record of experience in all aspects of delivering powerful content in a challenging environment.
An understanding of the BBC Africa’s distinctive news agenda and a wider interest in the strategy of the BBC as a whole.
You must have a track record of not being involved in the politics of the Great Lakes Region.
You’ll have substantial, recent and relevant full-time experience as a journalist.
The successful candidate must also have first-class communication skills in Kirundi and in English French will be an added advantage. You’ll need to be capable of creatively engage the audience with interesting storytelling angles and techniques for radio and digital/social platforms
To produce accurate, informed and interesting news and current affairs, social and cultural content to the highest standards. This demands proven journalistic skills across digital platforms as well as a genuine passion for explaining the world to our global audiences.
To report, present, research, write, translate, edit and adapt text stories, video or audio material for audiences on digital platforms and radio
To liaise closely with other BBC Africa language team members, Newsgathering, reporters and producers across BBC departments to develop original content.
To be responsible for thinking through and around editorial problems, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches.
To maintain professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines.
To offer ideas for programme content; to suggest new angles on existing stories and to put forward stories not yet covered.
To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To be able to freshen a story and write interesting headlines.
To be responsible for studio production as well as live social production.
To provide content for other areas of the BBC including BBC WS Online and BBC News to enable the efficient production of content.
All journalists may be required to work with or move to other programme teams on a multimedia basis and to have the ability to work across a range of skills and in a flexible manner, and to carry out these responsibilities in accordance with the BBC’s overall standards and values.
To provide advice or file pieces, on occasions to other BBC outlets.
: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience
: 3 years
English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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