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Womens Affairs Journalist, BBC Africa

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

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from six to 12 and investing in modern TV and Digital production facilities. The BBC’s digital journalism in Africa is an expanding field and our ambition is for our content to reach underserved audiences – such as younger, more female and more diverse demographics in Africa.  Our success will be judged on how our content contributes to growing audiences and increased engaged time across the language service digital platforms and on the take-up of our content across BBC Africa and World Service as a whole.

Role Responsibility

The BBCs Africa Hub is looking for a creative journalist with a track record of reporting emerging and unreported stories about African women.

We have an exciting opportunity to create new forms of digital storytelling and journalism that reaches 111 million people in Africa. As a Women Affairs Journalist you will join on a new weekly Women’s Discussion weekly TV programme which you’ll be one of the on screen contributors. You will also be part of new multi-disciplinary digital team in Nairobi made up of journalists, data journalists, software developers and video journalists.

As a Women Affairs Journalist you will:

  • Be one of the on screen presenters for the Women’s Discussion weekly TV programme
  • Generate, research, produce and edit multi-media journalistic pieces aimed at BBC Africas female audience.
  • Suggest ideas about new ways of engaging the female audience; and to put these ideas into practice.
  • Identify compelling digital and TV content and translate into a form suitable for our multiple platforms
  • Think of creative video/digital treatments for some content
  • Present or report live across digital platforms, TV and radio by providing up to date with the news agenda in the region and understand how its playing out in social spaces.
  • Participate in short- and long-term planning, offer new ideas and to suggest new angles on existing stories and to put forward stories not yet covered.
  • Produce and develop womens blogging network within the Africa
  • Work across platforms (online, social media, TV etc.) and ensure that the female agenda is covered across all of the Services output, in a relevant and engaging manner, in adherence to the BBCs editorial guidelines

Are you the right candidate?

  • Looking for an experienced journalist
  • A successful record in working in an online and social media production environment including demonstrable experience and enthusiasm for social media and interactivity
  • Demonstrates an excellent knowledge of developments in social media and related areas.
  • Excellent style and ability to adapt output to different platforms. Ability to engage audience
  • A clear understanding of the needs and profile of the female audience and the ability to translate these into imaginative and compelling content solutions, specifically with reference to social media.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of writing and editing content for publication to high editorial standards.
  • Understanding of the women’s agenda in the target region and in the world.
  • Evidence of sound editorial and community judgement as well as an understanding of the power of online communities.

Package Description

continuing (permanent) contract

Role based in Nairobi, Kenya

Local terms and conditions apply

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are 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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