BBC Nigeria is Recruiting Entry-Level Gist Writers in Nigeria

Gist Nigeria is BBC Africa’s pioneer co-production with a dynamic team that produces stories being talked about for the social media generation.  Gist Nigeria offers in-depth reporting, focusing on the stories behind the news, its impact and how it affects the audience.  It features analysis, studio discussions and hard-hitting interviews around the key issues that matter to Nigerians and West Africa.  The programme also features stories covered by a selection of the BBC’s African services.

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We have an exciting opportunity for a Journalist with demonstrable reporting and presenting skills to join our creative and innovative team in Lagos.

IN YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SUBMIT A SHOWREEL AND LINK TO YOUR PRESENTING WORK.  APPLICATIONS WHICH DO NOT INCLUDE THESE ITEMS WILL NOT BE SHORTLISTED.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Editor, Gist Nigeria, your role as a Journalist (Reporter / Presenter) is to provide timely, expert and authoritative coverage of news and current affairs events for our flagship programme on multi-platforms including tv, digital, and online.  You will supply material for broadcast in fluent broadcast-standard English.  We expect you to report and present on news and current affairs in a timely, engaging manner which is suitable for our target audience.

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Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate must have a demonstrable background in a relevant journalistic role, with first class knowledge of news that appeals to a Nigerian audience.  A broadcast-level of English, written and spoken, is essential; knowledge of one or more of Nigeria’s main languages (Hausa, Pidgin, Yoruba or Igbo) would be a distinct advantage.  You will have notable experience of working across multi-platforms including TV, digital and social media.  You will have an in-depth knowledge of news and stories related to the Nigeria and West Africa region, with a full understanding of Nigerian history, politics, social and cultural issues.  A thorough understanding of the latest developments in storytelling is key.  In addition, you will have an excellent on-screen presence, authoritative microphone voice and the ability to communicate effectively with the target audience.  A track record of accuracy and impartiality and sound editorial judgement is essential.

Package Description

  • Contract: Continuing (permanent). Local terms and conditions apply.
  • Location: Lagos
  • Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria.
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BBC Nigeria is Recruiting Entry-Level Gist Writers in Nigeria

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