Reporter (Pidgin) at BBC World Service

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 Sports weekly TV programme and innovative digital sport content alongside existing African Sport output.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Reporter (Pidgin)Job Reference: BBC/TP/653414/24838Location: Port Harcourt, RiversJob Category: JournalismBusiness Unit: News – W2020Contract Type: Permanent – Full TimeJob IntroductionAfrica’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 weekly 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 Port Harcourt, working alongside our operation in Lagos from where the BBC currently produces its Pidgin 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 Port Harcourt.This role involves working irregular hours including weekends and public holidays.Role Responsibility The 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.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.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.You will report to the Editor, Pidgin Service.An excellent knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential, including a good understanding of a broad editorial agenda.You will have knowledge of and recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria.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 go on regular newsgathering trips and other relevant assignments for BBC Pidgin, 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 throughTo report daily and breaking news live on various platforms as requiredTo 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 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.To follow safety requirements and instructions, especially in relation to emergencies; and to report any accidents, dangerous situations or defects in safety arrangements.

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