Senior journalist, bbc reality check

BBC World Service

Job Summary

We are looking for a talented Senior Journalist to work with the Language services team in Nairobi. You will commission, research and write content aimed at helping our audience pick its way through claims and counter claims.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

Job Introduction

The past year has seen a sharp growth in the scope and range of the work BBC Reality Check undertakes. It has become central in helping the audience pick its way through claims and counter claims. Reality Check text pieces and fact boxes are key to the BBC Mobile and Online offer to the audience, and we work with Digital Video and Social News to reach new audiences through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Increasingly, our journalism is broadcast on other outlets including the BBC World News, World Service, News at Ten, Radio 4 and many stories are translated for Language services. We have focused recently on increasing the number of pieces that are international in scope. That work is set to continue with an expanded team and W2020 investment in 2018-2019. This role is part of that expansion.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a talented Senior Journalist to work with the Language services team in Nairobi. You will commission, research and write content aimed at helping our audience pick its way through claims and counter claims. 

 A key part of this job is to work with online, broadcast and other outlets to share the work of the Reality Check team across many different audiences. You will also interpret data through graphics, charts and other visual journalism so that we can better explain stories to audiences in more than one language.

Are you the right candidate?

You'll need a demonstrable knowledge of African, regional and global current affairs.  Excellent writing skills are essential with sub-editing experience in the English language –, TV production, Video and Radio skills are all desirable.  You'll need proven experience of leading a team dealing with editorial issues and making judgements on matters of editorial sensitivity.  Substantial experience of data led journalism is also essential.  You'll need to demonstrate an understanding of analytics tools and their role in helping to achieve audience targets.

Package Description

Role based in Nairobi, Kenya

12 month fixed term contract/attachment

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Kenya.

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