Journalist, BBC Azerbaijani Service

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The Azerbaijani Service is part of the Europe Hub of Global News Language Services.  We have a small team based in London and in Azerbaijan.  The Service produces a multimedia website,, which aims to engage an Azerbaijani speaking audience, bringing relevant news focusing on an international, regional and local agenda.  It aims to do this in a lively and engaging fashion through multimedia journalism, including interactivity and social media.  

Role Responsibility

We are recruiting a Journalist who will update the web site on news topics and events (political, economic, social, cultural, scientific, sport, etc.) in a manner which is timely, authoritative, lively, interesting and readily understandable by a non-specialist audience.  You'll deliver stories which are innovative and engaging for digital platforms and be able to use social platforms to inform newsgathering decisions.  You'll have a good sense of spotting stories and subjects that would trend or go viral digitally, alerting Editors to breaking news and being ready to file accurate, immediate on-the-spot reports.  You'll be prepared to check and advise against coverage when news agencies or other organisations’ reports are unreliable.  You'll help provide contact numbers, interviewees, set up discussion programmes, and provide other programme material to the BBC.  

The Ideal Candidate

  • A full command and up to date knowledge of Azerbaijani (native language or equivalent) and fluent English.
  • Excellent written Azerbaijani and an ability to use language to tell a story effectively.
  • Substantial recent and relevant full-time experience in a similar role in a media organisation.
  • Advanced multimedia skills – be ready to film when newsgathering
  • Experience of working with social media
  • In-depth understanding of digital and social platforms - the BBC’s and others - and the different ways audiences are consuming news.
  • Good knowledge of news and current affairs for Azerbaijan and FSU and internationally. Knowledge of the UK also an advantage.
  • Sound understanding of the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and commitment to the editorial aims of BBC.
  • Proven editorial judgment, able to make sound decisions quickly.
  • Strong knowledge of relevant legal and editorial policy issues.
  • Ability to work well with other producers and other staff members.
  • Must be able to work well and calmly in a newsroom environment; handle a rapidly changing news agenda.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety policies and practices
  • A thorough familiarity with the region and an in-depth knowledge of the audience requirements, and a good understanding of youth issues and the media interests of various diverse groups and communities.

Package Description

Contract: Continuing

Local terms and conditions apply

Location: Baku

Any offer of employment with the BBC is conditional upon you having the right work in Azerbaijan

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

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 – whether that’s 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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