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Middle East Video Journalist, BBC News

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

Job Introduction

BBC News serves a large variety of audiences in the UK and around the world on many platforms.  The BBC Newsgathering team provides news reports, pictures and audio material of the highest editorial standard to all BBC News programmes and services in English and other languages.

This is an exciting opportunity to work and travel as part of our small but dedicated and passionate team within one of the world’s biggest broadcasters. As Video Journalist, your role will be to produce compelling video material for social media platforms and the BBC News website.

Role Responsibility

As a Video Journalist for the Middle East, you will work primarily on making videos for our social platforms and the BBC News website on Middle East stories.   Originating ideas and treatments, you will also devise new treatments for complex stories, including suggesting visual elements, and commission and produce relevant material for broadcast.  In this role, you will be working in challenging and occasionally hostile environments.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for an outstanding and creative producer and journalist – someone who understands the language of ‘social media first’ videos and producing videos for other platforms.  You will be able to produce material from initial idea to finished product that is highly shareable and engaging and have a track record in reporting and communicating complicated stories in a clear and simple way using a variety of visual devices.  An interest in the stories and people of the Middle East is essential and you will be expected to travel regularly across the region on planned reporting trips and in response to breaking news.  In addition, we need your substantial experience of self-editing and of working in both digital and linear (e.g. TV) environments.

A working knowledge of Arabic is required and we need your complete fluency in English as you  will primarily be producing content for English language outlets. 

Package Description

Fixed Term Contract with a 3 month probationary period  and subject to renew at the end of the year


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 very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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