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Journalist

BBC Afrique

BBC Afrique is looking for a Journalist.

Job purpose

Originate and produce, as part of a team, a wide variety of news and current affairs content for relevant output.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Use a range of video, audio and digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver outputs in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
  • May be required to present the content on radio, TV or online. This might be live or recorded.
  • May include the production and presentation of programmes. This might be live or recorded
  • Exercise editorial judgment in developing story ideas and producing accurate and impartial journalism.
  • To undertake pre and post production and studio work, live and pre-recorded. Use a range of video, audio & digital equipment and information technology to research, write, assemble, edit and deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest professional standards.
  • To liaise closely with other team members and with other departments in the BBC, to ensure that output material is shared, duplication is avoided, and best practice is upheld
  • Take a lead within a team setting or on delivering a specific piece of journalism or project as appropriate
  • To tailor different news treatments for different audiences ensuring that the output
    reflects the audiences we serve
  • To prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors
    such as deadlines staffing and resources available
  • To produce engaging packages through a range of production skills
  • Delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.
  • At all times to carry out duties in accordance with the BBC Health and Safety policy

Knowledge, skills, training and experience

Essential

  • Significant recent experience as a journalist, with a good knowledge of production techniques
  • Demonstrates sound editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage, the programme departments and the audience
  • Ability to use technology as required, in order to gather material for broadcast
  • Understands how a team works effectively and adopts the most appropriate role
  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people
  • Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC
  • Effective planning and organising skills, ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, prioritising, delivering consistently to deadlines and reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities
  • Ability to write creatively in an engaging manner, adapt, produce and translate with accuracy, clarity and style appropriate to differing audiences and forms of media suitable for multimedia output
  • The flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities and circumstances
  • An understanding of Health & Safety procedures and how it applies to broadcasting

Job impact

Decision making

  • High level of responsibility and decision making; able to operate alone.
  • No managerial responsibility. May be informally supported by Junior staff i.e. Researchers,
    Coordinators and Assistants.

Scope

Covers a wide range of journalism activity, producing news content and supporting the
production and presentation of programming.

Additional job specific responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Working in a team of journalists and reporting to the Editor of the Dakar Office or a Senior broadcast journalist, as appropriate. Shift work will be required which will include nights, evenings, weekends and public holidays
  • A full command and up to date knowledge of French (first or equivalent).
  • A good knowledge of English including complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Wide and up to date familiarity with French speaking Africa and an in-depth understanding of the area’s history, politics, social issues and culture as well as the changing needs of the audience. An extensive knowledge of the media situation in French-speaking Africa and the way it is developing.
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of news and current affairs in Frenchspeaking Africa. A good knowledge of, and interest in, international and British current affairs, particularly insofar as they affect the target area.
  • Knowledge of the aims, objectives and standards of the BBC World Service.

BBC Afrique is looking for a Journalist.


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