Security Reporter – East Africa Job at BBC World Service

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Job Description

About BBC World Service

The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster, broadcasting radio and television news, speech and discussions in 29 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, Internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, FM and MW relays. It was announced in November 2016 that The BBC World Service will start broadcasting in Igbo, Nigerian Pidgin, Yoruba and Amharic among others in its biggest expansion since the 1940s. The World Service reached 210 million people a week (TV, radio and online) on average in 2015. The English-language service broadcasts 24 hours a day.

Job Purpose

  • The BBC World Service is an impartial and independent international news provider, part of BBC News.
  • We are seeking to hire a Security Reporter to provide specialist coverage of a broad range of geopolitical and security themes across Africa.
  • The role entails providing coverage of breaking news stories, major planned stories and longer term investigations.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Break news stories across the continent and provide analysis and context as necessary on a range of security issues and stories
  • Exercise strong editorial judgement to spot emerging trends in Security, verify and break news stories, while meeting deadlines and maintaining the highest BBC editorial standards
  • Produce a wide range of creatively told stories to engage audiences across different linear and digital platforms
  • Identify, develop and package original stories and other content for various BBC platforms
  • Build and maintain regional contacts and provide timely and authoritative coverage developing stories and trends

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience

  • You will be resilient, highly-motivated self-starter, persistent and keen not to take no for an answer, while operating calmly under pressure. You will need to have experience in reporting from hostile environments, and working closely within established security protocols.
  • Bilingual language expertise is essential: A full command and up to date knowledge of a key BBC 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.
  • Extensive knowledge of a range of security and conflict topics, ranging from inter and intra-state conflicts, Islamist activity, cyber security, peacekeeping and conflicts over natural resources, as well as the ability to discern and identify security angles and themes in the broader news and current affairs agenda.
  • Experience in originating, planning, developing and producing engaging digital content on complex political and social issues that will appeal to African and global audiences, particularly among women and young people.
  • A record of live reporting as well as ability to tell stories in an authoritative and engaging style and pace, adapted for different target audiences.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to BBC World Service on to apply

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