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Vacancy at BBC Digital Service: Igbo-Speaking Journalist

Vacancy at BBC Digital Service: Igbo-Speaking Journalist

The BBC World Service is currently investing in digital content for Africa and seeks for journalists who can fit into the role which will be critical to them in meeting their ambitions.

BBC Igbo digital service is guided with the aim of delivering journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms.

The video journalist will have a crucial role in leading the engagement with the audience. By joining BBC Igbo, you’ll be a part of the new team including Yoruba and Pidgin to serve the BBC audiences in Nigeria and West Africa.

The location will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.

Role Responsibility

  • Work with other members of the Igbo and Nigeria team, and the wider BBC Africa newsroom, to identify and produce creative and innovative video news content.
  • To originate innovative formats for BBC Igbo social media posts best suited for each social network, including Facebook and Instagram and optimize these formats using social analytics and then champion the use of successful formats across the team.
  • Re-version BBC material with a mobile audience in mind.
  • To create multimedia content for publication on social media and the BBC Igbo mobile audiences, as appropriate and to the required specification whilst maintaining professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
  • Research, storyboard and produce stories.
  • Create headlines and video teasers to promote our stories and reach to as wide an audience as possible.
  •  To show visual creativity in the use of pictures and graphics to illustrate and explain fast-moving events and complex stories.

The Ideal Candidate

  • A full command and up to date knowledge of written and spoken Igbo
  • Experience of video production, editing and storytelling.
  • Experience of using video editing software similar to Qedit or FCPX.
  • In depth understanding of digital and social platforms – the BBC’s and others – and the different ways audiences are consuming news in Africa
  • A strong journalistic track record with knowledge of Africa and African affairs.
  • Experience in socialfirst content production and audience engagement.
  • Wide and up to date familiarity with the area/s to which the Service broadcasts including Africa , Nigeria and West African affairs and an in-depth understanding of the area/s history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience. An extensive knowledge of the media situation in the target area and the way it is developing.
  • Must be able to demonstrate sense of visual awareness as well as technical aptitude.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety policies and practices.

The job opening closes July 3, 2017.

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