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Senior Journalist (Video Producer – East Africa) BBC

Responsible for an area of output, including editorial control, reporting, selection and compilation of material, production, leading teams and planning and implementing effective use of resources.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

• Responsible for originating and producing stories which may include scripting, editing, outputting, filming and presenting content across a range of BBC output.
• Commission and select relevant materials ensuring they meet expectations of our audiences and adhere to the BBC’s editorial guidelines.
May be required to undertake on-air reporting, may be required to film and edit material for broadcast where appropriate.
• May include the production and presentation of live or recorded programmes.
• May be required to present live or recorded content on radio, TV or online.
• As required, to allocate work to a team and check progress; ensure the professional contribution of staff and the quality of output.
• Seek ways to increase diversity in our workforce and to ensure that our output reflects the audiences we serve.
• Deliver journalism of the highest standard and within the required timeframe using available resources.
• To act as a facilitator of change, clearly communicating and distributing best practices between teams.
• 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
• A high standard of editorial judgment, writing ability and production skills based on substantial broadcast journalism experience.
• Maximises opportunities offered by existing and emerging technologies to their fullest extent.
• Ability to work effectively as a member of more than one team. Resolving conflicts as necessary.
• Ability to manage resources, staff, technical facilities and budgets, in order to make challenging broadcasting in the most cost effective manner.
• Demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the BBC and understands how individual differences can benefit the BBC.
• Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources.
• 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 and safety procedures and how they apply to broadcasting. Job impact

Decision making
Significant level of responsibility. Uses initiative but seeks guidance where necessary.
No line management responsibility but may mentor more junior staff.


A senior journalist covering a wide range of journalism activity, with significant experience and responsibility for programme/content creation.


• The purpose of the role is primarily to initiate, gather and produce material for news, current affairs and general programming for digital platforms. Routinely self-shooting and editing complete packages for use across multiple platforms.
• Will be routinely required to pitch, develop ideas, deploy and produce digital video content independently, with appropriate editorial guidance.
• Ensure content is accurate and informative whilst striving for creative and imaginative output, and adhere to the best standards of video production.
• Reversion video content produced by other World Service teams for different digital platforms.
• To record video interviews and other types of original content as required.
• Use analytics to inform video story choices and ensure the content is delivered in the right format(s).
• Take a lead within a team setting 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.
• Work with graphics and visual journalism teams to produce creative and original sequences.
• All producers may be required to travel off base on short reporting trips and assignments and to spend longer periods of time on story deployments.

Essential skills:
• Bilingual language expertise is preferred: A full command and up to date knowledge of a key World Service regional language as first (or equivalent) language as well as complete comprehension of written and spoken English and the ability to communicate effectively.
• Ability to originate, plan, develop and produce engaging digital content on complex political and social issues that will appeal to African and global audiences, particularly among women and young people.
• Experience of digital newsgathering, filming and filing video from the field, and proven ability to confidently use editing and production tools as required. A knowledge of outside broadcast techniques would be an advantage.
• A good presence on camera and experience of social media lives would be an advantage.
• Good knowledge of data analytics and experience of using it to shape the content and meet the needs of different audience groups.
• Track record of encouraging, guiding and assisting colleagues who are new and unfamiliar with video and digital.
• Broad understanding of current technical issues involved in production of video content and a demonstrable interest in new media technologies.
• Thorough knowledge of news and current affairs in East, Central and the Horn of Africa, as well as around the world.
• Good understanding of impartiality and journalistic values, and the ability to produce content for diverse and underserved audiences.
• High level of interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate stories to other teams

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Closing Date : 5th May, 2023

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