Thursday, January 05, 2017

Broadcast Journalist (video) BBC Swahili Service

Designation: Broadcast Journalist (video) BBC Swahili Service (Kiswahili)
Division: BBC World Service
Reports to: Senior Digital Journalist and Editor Swahili Service
Grade: Local terms & condition Grade7
Location: Dar Es Salaam
Working pattern: Continuing Contract

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. We also broadcast to around 20 million listeners in Eastern and Central Africa and have three daily live radio shows broadcast from Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and a daily award-winning television programme, Dira ya Dunia TV from London with comprehensive coverage of the regional and global agenda.
Africa’s media landscape is changing. It is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing, the radio market remaining relatively strong and Television migrating from analogue to digital.
Are you a creative and versatile journalist, with a strong understanding of what makes good digital video
and how video is consumed on digital platforms? We're looking for journalist who is passionate evangelist about digital video storytelling. As the digital landscape is changing you would need to be as nimble as the technologies. You’ll be leading the digital video effort and you need to be able to produce content that works for digital platforms. All candidates will be expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of digital platforms as well as video editing skills.
You will need sound editorial judgment, understanding Africa news agenda in particular the East Africa region, someone who has the ability to tell complex stories in an engaging way, sharp editing skills and the ability respond to breaking news. Candidates should enjoy working under pressure and bring plenty of story and treatment ideas to the role.

 Work with other members of the Swahili and East Africa team, and the wider BBC Africa newsroom, to identify and produce creative and innovative video news content.
 Re-version BBC material with a mobile audience in mind.
 Research, storyboard and produce stories.
 Create headlines and video teasers to promote our stories and reach as wide an audience as possible.
 Contribute ideas and angles to meetings on how to cover the main news of the day.
 To show visual creativity in the use of pictures and graphics to illustrate and explain fastmoving events and complex stories.
 Understand the video requirements of different social platforms.
 Working to short deadlines for breaking and developing stories
 All staff may be required to work with or move to other teams, and to have the ability to
work across a range of skills and in a flexible manner, and to carry out these responsibilities in accordance with the BBC’s overall standards and values.
 The job holder will be expected to work and think collaboratively at all times - both within
World Service and across the wider BBC.

 A full command and up to date knowledge of written and spoken Kiswahili
 Experience of video production, editing and storytelling.
 In depth understanding of digital and social platforms - the BBC’s and others - and the
different ways audiences are consuming news in Africa
 Experience of using video editing software similar to Q-edit or FCPX.
 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 the area/s to which the Service broadcasts including
Africa and East African affairs 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 the target area and the way it is developing.
 Ability to work well with other producers, reporters and teams.
 Proven editorial judgment and flair, able to make sound decisions quickly.
 Knowledge of the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and commitment to the editorial aims of BBC
 Ability to work well with other producers, reporters and teams.
 Must be able to work well and calmly in a live newsroom environment; handle a rapidly
changing news agenda, and have the temperament to enjoy the process.
 Must be able to demonstrate sense of visual awareness as well as technical aptitude.
 Knowledge of Health and Safety policies and practices.

Decision Making
Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decisions made.

Imagination / Creative Thinking
Translates news and current affairs into high quality video content through a detailed
understanding of the requirements of digital and social media and possession of the necessary writing, directing and reporting skills.

Planning and organizing
Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.

Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is
characterized by commitment, motivation and energy.

Influencing and persuading
Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behavior change.

Managing relationships and team working
Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works
cooperatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

Editorial Judgment
Makes the right editorial and policy decisions based upon a clear understanding of the BBC’s
distinctive news agenda, the requirements of news and current affairs coverage as well as those of the programme departments.

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