Senior Journalist, Social Media (BBC Pidgin)

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

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service remains the leading international broadcaster in Africa, reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million across all platforms and Social Media.  Globally, the BBC reaches a weekly audience of 320 million weekly across various platforms.

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 senior social media journalists you will have a crucial role in leading our engagement with the audience.  By joining BBC Pidgin, you will be a part of the growing team including Yoruba and Igbo, serving our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa.

This is a fixed term contract for nine months, based in Lagos.

Role Responsibility

You must have demonstrable experience of working on social media platforms, along with excellent editorial experience and strong writing skills.  You will lead the day-to-day running of the BBC Pidgin social media platforms.  The successful candidate will be helping to grow our audience reach and engagement, as well as referrals to our content across all platforms. You will report line to the BBC Pidgin Editor.  You will provide best practice guidance for the team’s social media activity, using feedback from performance data to drive success.

Your task is to use social media effectively to spot the news as it breaks, curate and cultivate user generated content, identify viral content, develop and manage onsite communities and offsite social presences, with the aim of maximising reach and awareness.  You will ensure that the social offer is engaging, coherent, upholds BBC News’s editorial values and further establishes BBC Pidgin as a ground breaking interactive site especially amongst young audiences.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced senior journalist, with demonstrable experience of working in an online production environment.  Fluency in Pidgin and English (written and spoken) is essential.  Sound knowledge and enthusiasm for social media and interactivity, an excellent knowledge of developments in social media and related areas is important. You will have an eye for a good story, the ability to tell digital stories in Pidgin and English and excellent video editing skills.  You must have strong editorial judgment and a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and libel laws.  You will have the ability to create new form/short form content from the development of an idea through to editing and publishing and have experience producing content specifically for social platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

Package Description

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Contract: fixed term for nine months (local terms and conditions apply)

Any offer of employment is conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria

About the Company

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Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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