Senior Journalist, BBC News - Disinformation Unit

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 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 has now set 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.


Role Responsibility

As a Senior Journalist you will oversee systematic tracking of the spread of disinformation in Indian languages across global digital platforms using analytic tools and traditional journalism techniques. You will track and highlight stories, trends and narratives focussed on Indian disinformation and produce first class multi-platform content based on those observations.

Other duties will include:

  • Leading and advising team and wider BBC on key trends and actors in the Indian disinformation ecosystem. 
  • Producing and commissioning human interest stories that show the impact of disinformation and conspiracy theories on people’s lives
  • Monitoring closed or anonymous groups on social media that could be source of disinformation                
  • Identification and production of accurate, fast-reaction reports to debunk viral misinformation that matters to Language Services and their audiences
  • Planning for coverage of major news events which might give rise to disinformation (eg. Elections)
  • Going on air, if necessary, to share editorial insights with our audiences
  • Working closely with other BBC editorial teams in Delhi and the UK  to ensure impactful content production and coordinated roll-outs.
  • Liaising with social teams in BBC News to amplify the reach and impact of our original content
  • Using audience participation tools and collaborating with Marketing and Audiences, SEO and UGC teams, etc. to be aware of our audiences’ needs and interests and engage with them
  • Deputizing for the Disinformation Assistant Editor and signing-off content whenever necessary


Are you the right candidate?

  • Fluent/excellent written and spoken English and at least one Indian Language.
  • A deep understanding of the research, monitoring and analytics skills, tools and workflow needed for successful disinformation journalism.
  • Proven experience of producing creative, high-impact, insightful disinformation/fact-checking journalism across multiple BBC platforms.
  • Strong working knowledge of the data and analytics tools available and demonstrable evidence of using them effectively.
  • Practical understanding of the BBC commissioning process, and experience of delivering stories/investigations successfully across the BBC
  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative mindset, with demonstrable experience of working successfully with editorial teams in a dispersed operation.
  • A clear understanding of BBC’s editorial policy as well as procedures around investigations, and experience of dealing with legally tricky stories.
  • 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.
  • The ability to plan and organize time and resources effectively and to manage projects and teams to hit sometimes tight deadlines.

Package Description

Contract: Fixed term contract/attachment ending 24th March 2023. Local terms and conditions apply.

Location: Delhi 

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


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