Journalist, Africa 2020

  • Full Time
  • Kenya
  • Posted 3 years ago

Job Introduction
The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic and exciting expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is launching a new Health and Lifestyle weekly TV programme and innovative digital content alongside other African content.

All BBC Africa Health Journalists work across platforms on Television, and digital video production. They will also work across multimedia websites with a focus on digital video, text, interactivity and radio services
Role Responsibility
Our Multimedia Journalists are responsible for all aspects of health and lifestyle output including the production and presentation of live and recorded content, reporting, presenting, script-writing, packaging, translating, and compiling TV programmes.

Multimedia Journalists produce accurate, informed and interesting news and programming.  They are versatile with proven journalistic skills or equivalent experience, good on-screen presence and broadcast voice, energy, creativity, flexibility and an in-depth understanding of the news, politics, culture and social issues relevant to an African audience


To report, present, research, write, translate, edit and adapt stories or programme material for BBC Africa Health and Lifestyle TV, radio and online audiences.
To offer original and creative ideas for multimedia content. To suggest new angles on existing stories and to put forward stories not yet covered.
To work with graphic designers to produce creative and original graphics sequences.
To maintain professional journalistic standards of accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC’s Editorial guidelines.
To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material as required. To be able to freshen a story.
To be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded programmes. To respond to breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve technical difficulties.
To tell stories in a compelling manner and capture human endeavour and connection, which appeals to audiences.
Are you the right candidate?
Fluent in written and spoken English and Swahili.
A good knowledge of what works on TV and digital platforms within the market.
Proven track record of coming up with ideas and seeing them through to delivery, ideally in a creative or media environment.
Exceptional knowledge of health and lifestyle, in particular stories that appeal to an African audience and excellent contacts.
Relevant experience as a journalist, both in originating material and editing the work of others, is highly desirable.
Ability to write scripts and adapt with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media.
An excellent broadcasting voice and strong reporting skills with the ability to perform with flair.
A demonstrable interest in working in a multimedia environment and in encouraging audience involvement.
First-hand experience of handling cameras and shooting video for professional purposes is desirable
Package Description
Contract: Continuing.   Local terms and conditions apply.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Kenya
About the BBC
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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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.

Closing Date
30 June, 2019
Job Category
Business Unit
News – WSG World Service
Nairobi, Kenya

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