Reporter (Pidgin) at BBC World Service

The BBC, is the leading international broadcaster in Africa reaching a weekly audience of more than 100 million on Radio, TV, Digital (language sites and, Mobile and Social Media. We broadcast to Africa in English, Hausa, Somali, French, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Kiswahili & Arabic. We are committed to broadcasting to and from the continent in a style that meets the demands of our growing audience and as well as our language services, our presence in the region is also defined by our bureaux, special correspondents and bilingual reporters.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Reporter (Pidgin)Job Reference: BBC/TP/653414/24839Location: KanoDepartment: BBC PidginReports to: Editor, Pidgin ServiceJob Category: JournalismBusiness Unit: News – W2020Contract Type: Permanent – Full TimePackage: Local terms and ConditionsContract: ContinuingJob Introduction 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.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 across various platforms.Over the next four years, the BBC World Service will be expanding its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from 6 to 12.Three of the new language services, Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo, will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa. They will be based in Kano, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output. There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.We are now looking for a reporter with strong digital journalism and language skills (Pidgin as well as English) to work in Kano.This role involves working irregular hours including weekends and public holidays.Role ResponsibilityThe BBC is looking for an excellent reporter to produce a dynamic range of digital content – audio and video – which will appeal to a young audience.You will have knowledge of and recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria. You will have good local contacts.Ability to work under pressure and react to breaking news is essential.You must be a self-starter, with a strong ability to work independently.You must have work authorization for Nigeria.The successful candidate will have some experience of reporting for a digital media organization.Fluent in Pidgin and English (written and spoken), you will have experience of field reporting, delivering creative output for digital and social media platforms.An excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential, including a good understanding of a broad editorial agenda.Job PurposeTo supply timely, rich, expert and authoritative coverage (live and pre-recorded) via digital and social media platforms for the BBC Pidgin Service, BBC Africa and the wider BBC.To be able to source original material primarily for the Pidgin output for online and social media and share material as widely as possible.To generate original content ideas and to be able to see them through.To report daily and breaking news live on various platforms as required.To go on regular newsgathering trips and other relevant assignments for BBC Pidgin, BBC Africa and the wider BBC.To produce quality, informative content and creative reports for all BBC Pidgin outlets – online, audio/video and social media outlets.Main DutiesTo provide timely, creative, expert and authoritative news and non-news coverage and analysis of events that are of interest to BBC Pidgin or other BBC audiences while fully observing BBC editorial guidelines.To be able to source multimedia content, primarily for BBC Pidgin digital platforms.To be available to report breaking news, and to be able to present live coverage in Pidgin or in English for BBC Africa and other outlets on requestTo follow safety requirements and instructions, especially in relation to emergencies; and to report any accidents, dangerous situations or defects in safety arrangements.To act as a contact point and alert BBC editors in Lagos, Abuja and London to breaking news in your region and be ready to file accurate, immediate on the spot reports.To be prepared to check and advise against coverage when news agencies or other organisations’ reports are unreliable.To build up strong relationships with relevant programme editors.To build and maintain an extensive contacts network of academics, politicians, journalists, ordinary people etc.To help provide contact numbers, interviewees, set up guests, and provide other programme material to BBC Pidgin and the wider BBC.To offer and develop original story ideas and come up with creative digital story treatments primarily for all Pidgin output and for other outlets as and when required.To work on longer term stories and liaise with West Africa Planning SBJ and BBC Africa/World Desk Editor Languages on big stories with impact across the World Service Group.To act within the framework of overall BBC coverage, especially by reporters and producers in the region working for the BBC; to maintain co-operative relations and ensure coverage forms part of a coherent overall offer.

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