Journalist, BBC Swahili Service – Dar es Salaam
Job Reference BBC/TP/788771/50346
Contract Type Permanent
Job Category Journalism
Business Unit News – WSG World Service
Location Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Job Title Journalist
BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and
social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million.
Swahili Service operates a digital first strategy, publishing content
online and on social media platforms, this alongside producing radio
news and current affairs programmes in Swahili. The service’s focus is
to produce world-class digital content that makes sense of news and
events for our local and global audiences.
are looking for a multimedia journalist with skills in reporting across
all platforms and mainly on radio & digital, with presenting and
producing skills to work for BBC Swahili. You will need to be proficient
in Kiswahili and also be able to write, reversion/translate English
text into Kiswahili.
As a Journalist with the BBC
Swahili team you will originate research, prepare, produce and present
programs, items, packages, interviews, discussions, background, analysis
and features, for radio, TV, online and social media platforms. You
will be involved in creating digital video for our website and social
platforms, and writing for our website to promote our content and engage
with our audiences.
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Other duties include
- To research, report, write, translate, edit, reversion or adapt
stories or programme material for broadcasting and online publication.
To find contributors and interviewees as well as other sources of
material and/or actuality, as appropriate and to the required
specification whilst maintaining professional journalistic standards of
accuracy, impartiality and fair dealing and adhering to the BBC
Editorial Guidelines. To ensure the availability of required production
- To perform at the microphone with or without a script, edit and
voice packages, conduct interviews and chair discussions and act as a
participant in other productions, whether live, pre-recorded or on
- To offer ideas for items, programmes/series and online output and to
actively contribute to the editorial planning process. To suggest new
angles on existing stories, means of moving the story on, and to put
forward stories not yet covered.
- To be responsible for a moving story, amending and updating material
as required. To be able to freshen, and reversion a story. To be
responsible for thinking through and around editorial problems,
developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches.
- To understand the department’s strategy and to suggest ideas appropriate to its distinctive style and content.
- To be responsible for studio production of live and pre-recorded
programmes. To respond to breaking stories whilst on air and to resolve
- Are you the right candidate?
- We are looking for an experienced and versatile digital journalist
with proven journalistic skills, good broadcast voice, energy,
creativity, flexibility and an in-depth understanding of the news,
politics, culture and social issues relevant to Our Swahili audience.
- You will be able to use a range of audio & digital equipment and
information technology software to research, write, assemble, edit and
deliver programmes in the appropriate medium, to the highest
Band: Local Recruit
Contract type: Continuing
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Any offer of employment with the BBC is conditional upon you having the right to work in Dar es Salaam
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Closing Date 08 September, 2020.