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Senior Journalist (Multimedia), BBC Swahili


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2 weeks ago

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Job Description/Requirements


BBC World Service is a global multimedia broadcaster, a part of BBC News, delivering language services around the world, to many parts on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, Internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, FM and MW relays. BBC Swahili is among ten other language services broadcasting to Africa attracting a weekly audience of nearly 100 million across Radio, TV, Digital and Social Media.

We are hiring a Multimedia Senior Journalist, who will lead our output of news and current affairs on different platforms for BBC Swahili; generating ideas for driving original journalism across Africa, presenting via digital platforms to our existing audiences as well as attracting new engagement.

Main responsibilities

You will manage the daily editorial operations of the assigned output platform (both linear and digital), including ensuring editorial compliance. Working closely with Swahili Service Editor and other senior journalists, you will implement digital strategy and opportunities as part of a long term strategic transformation. Youâll also commission and work with graphic designers to produce creative and original graphics sequences as well as being a solution finder overcoming editorial challenges, initiating and implementing realistic alternative strategies and approaches.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will be either a professional journalist or a senior operational professional with extensive editorial experience of broadcast and/or digital news, with proven ability to develop, implement new and innovative approaches to programme structure and content. Youâll have:

Demonstrable experience in originating and producing impactful digital first content, including explainers and analysis pieces. Proven experience in breaking news stories as well as producing features, investigations and original journalism about East, Central and Horn of Africa, and global news and current affairs. Experience in managing and overseeing a team in agile and remote working environments. Demonstrable experience in multimedia journalism with substantial knowledge of data analytics tools to drive decision making on story choice, publication time and recirculation. An understanding of BBC News distinctive news agenda and a wider interest in the digital strategy of the BBC as a whole. Experience in determining the content and running order of the programmes and lead others on the production of items through to transmission, including assigning, briefing and determining priorities for operational and editorial teams. Able to build morale/team spirit within permanent or temporary team. Fluency in written and oral Swahili, and appreciation and understanding of different language dialects in order to provide clear editorial guidance.

Package details

Contract: Continuing/Permanent

Band: D, local terms and conditions apply

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Job board closing: Midnight 30th November (GMT)

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

About the BBC

We donât focus simply on what we do â we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure youâve read about our values and behaviors:

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential. We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC â whether thatâs to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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