Senior Journalist - Pidgin

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Job Introduction

At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world.

BBC Pidgin digital service aims to deliver our journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms. As one of our Journalists you’ll have a crucial role in leading our engagement with the audience.

By joining BBC Pidgin, you’ll be a part of the team, including Yoruba and Igbo, which serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. You will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.

Role Responsibility

The BBC World Service is recruiting for an experienced Senior Broadcast Journalist to work across the Pidgin Service digital output – specifically the website and social media platforms.

You will take full editorial responsibility for the timely delivery of daily output. Reporting to the Editor, your main responsibilities will include: leading on the production, creative and timely distribution of all digital content, videos, and innovative editorial projects to serve our Pidgin audiences. The Senior Journalist will also bear in mind the need to adhere to the BBC's editorial guidelines and objectives.

In addition, you will be responsible for coming up with creative and innovative ways of developing, pitching and telling stories through text and video.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will have fluency and an up to date knowledge of Pidgin with the ability to communicate fluently in English, both written and spoken. You will have a demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience engagement with a good knowledge of online journalism techniques.

As the Senior Broadcast Journalist you will be able to mentor, lead and inspire a team of journalists to bring out the best in them.   A thorough knowledge and understanding of Nigerian, African and international current affairs is important.

Package Description

12 Month fixed term contract

Local terms and conditions apply.

Role based in Lagos 

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


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