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 its weekly audience of 394 million 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 six Indian language services, based in Delhi, to provide our global audiences with reliable news to spot disinformation and keep themselves immune from fake news.
We are looking for a Senior Journalist to join the team in Delhi for a period of 8 months.
As a Senior Journalist in the Disinformation team you will commission, fact check and edit content optimised for websites and social media platforms. You commission human interest stories that show the impact of disinformation and conspiracy theories on peoples lives.
Other duties will include tracking and identifying trends in the spread of disinformation content, planning for coverage of big news events which might give rise to fake news and leading on the publishing of content into spaces where disinformation circulates.
The Ideal Candidate
- A successful record in digital news production with demonstrable experience of both writing text/stories that provide clarity and insight to audiences 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 practices, key opportunities and of BBC/WS social strategy.
- Significant experience with fact-checking and spotting fake news.
- 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 deep understanding of the programs of local media and social media platforms to tackle disinformation.
- A good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
- Fluency in one of our 6 Indian languages (Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, and Tamil) is advantageous.
Contract: Eight month fixed term contract. Local terms and conditions apply.
Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in India.
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