In Business Africa is a weekly programme broadcast on BBC World News. It is produced by a team of journalists working internationally and managed by the Business & Economics Unit, a specialist unit that is part of Newsgathering.
The programme has funding for 6 months for a Video Journalist who will find and film a village or small town in Africa that encapsulates the rapid social and economic transformation that is taking place in many parts of the continent. The overall aim is to tell the story of that transformation through the changes to the lives of the people and families living and working there.
Following the success of the BBC’s ‘White Horse Village’ project in China, in which the transformation of a village was tracked over months and years, we are looking for a Video Journalist who can find and film a suitable equivalent in Africa. The VJ will need to research and shortlist possible locations, build relations with people on the ground and assess the changes the village might go through over the course of the project. The aim is to deliver video packages on a regular basis to In Business Africa, working with the programme presenter to cover different aspects of that transformation; and to conduct solo filming with a view to creating ad hoc programmes that will tell the story of the changes in the village.
Are you the right candidate?
The Ideal Candidate Will
Have proven research ability
Show editorial awareness and judgement
Have proven ability to generate story ideas
Have experience of working with individual subjects, families or businesses and relating their stories to a broader context
Be interested in the role of business in developing economies and understand the impact of economic development at a grass roots level
Have experience of setting up, filming and editing feature packages for broadcast
Be resilient & self-starting, able to work alone on the ground, but also function as an integral part of a small team
Have experience of filming in Africa or other developing economies
6 month attachment / fixed term contract (with possibility of extension in the event of the programme being funded beyond October)
Local terms and conditions apply
Based in Nairobi or Johannesburg
Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Kenya or South Africa.
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