Journalist, BBC Disinformation Unit

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

Job Introduction

BBC World Service, as part of BBC News, is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services to serve global audiences. It uses multiple platforms to reach hundreds of millions across 42 languages. BBC World Service is committed to impartiality, and promotes access to independent and accurate news and provides media literacy training.

Challenging disinformation is a strategic objective for World Service and it is now setting up a new Disinformation Unit to tackle fake news. Producing high-impact and original journalism, the unit will work closely with our West Africa language services, based in Lagos, to provide our global audiences with reliable news to spot disinformation and keep themselves immune from fake news.   

Role Responsibility

  • To investigate, track and monitor disinformation campaigns across the African media landscape that inform and educate our audiences
  • To produce digital videos, write copy and create content for different platforms
  • To use social listening tools to identify trends and find story ideas
  • To find interesting contributors and interviewees
  • To create digital assets including graphics, charts, maps, memes, etc to explain difficult topics
  • To work closely with our editorial teams in Africa and the UK across multiple platforms to create the greatest impact
  • To liaise closely with other team members and contributors and to collaborate constructively with colleagues in BBC Africa in Nigeria, the UK or other countries, and to advise other parts of the BBC on target area affairs.
  • To work with Editorial Policy and Legal teams on editorially sensitive stories

The Ideal Candidate

  • A successful record in digital news production with demonstrable experience of both writing text and producing video content to the highest editorial standards.
  • Demonstrable experience producing content for social media. Enthusiasm for reaching new audiences on social and knowledge of social media best practice, key opportunities and of BBC/WS social strategy.
  • Significant experience in investigative journalism.
  • A clear understanding of the needs and profile of our target audiences across World Service and the ability to translate these into imaginative and compelling multi-platform content.
  • A self-starting individual – you will be able to come up with ideas, get them commissioned made and delivered efficiently and picked up by teams and platforms across BBC news.
  • The ability to plan and organize time and resources effectively and to manage projects to conclusion according to deadlines.
  • A good knowledge of English and Pidgin including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Fluency in one of our other West African languages (Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba) is advantageous.   
  • Strong working knowledge of the data and analytics tools available and demonstrable evidence of using them effectively.
  • The ability to work fast, accurately and under pressure.
  • In depth knowledge of African politics and media landscape would be a distinct advantage.
  • Experience of shooting video would be an advantage.

Package Description

Contract: fixed term contract/attachment until 31/03/2022

Local terms and conditions apply.

Location: Lagos

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

About the Company

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