Senior Broadcast Journalist at BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action is the international development charity of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), working in over 25 countries across the world. BBC Media Action works in partnership with local media agencies, civil society organisations, and governments to achieve long term development goals. We produce creative media content to inform and engage audiences, and strengthen the media sector by building professional skills and technical capacity.

Job Title: Senior Broadcast Journalist (Social Media)


  • You must have demonstrable experience of working on social media platforms, along with excellent editorial experience and strong writing skills. You will lead the day-to-day running of the BBC Hausa social media platforms.
  • The successful candidate will be helping to grow our audience reach and engagement, as well as referrals to our content across all platforms.
  • You will work with the BBC Hausa digital team with a reporting line to the BBC Hausa Editor and Bureau Editor. You will provide best practice guidance for the teams social media activity, using feedback from performance data to drive success.
  • The Senior Social Media Journalists task is to use social media effectively to spot the news as it breaks, curate and cultivate user generated content, identify viral content, develop and manage onsite communities and offsite social presences, with the aim of maximising reach and awareness.
  • You will ensure that the social offer is engaging, coherent, upholds BBC Newss editorial values and further establishes BBC Hausa as a ground breaking interactive site especially amongst young audiences.


  • To lead and develop a fresh and innovative creative approach to curating, publishing and editing stories for BBC Hausa social media platforms.
  • To create content for social- videos, online, gifs, pictures, Facebook lives , instagram Stories, etc
  • To manage the interactive offer across all social media platforms.
  • To be up to date with the new trends on social media and react accordingly.
  • Test and provide feedback on new social tools. Provide training where necessary.
  • You’ll be working with colleagues in the regional service but you’ll also be expected to produce stories that have global and pan African appeal
  • Ensure all content published and commissioned adheres to BBC's Editorial Guidelines and commitment to the editorial aims of BBC News.
  • You’ll be expected to represent your service and can be called on to share regional knowledge across BBC outlets, including on air
  • Contribute to regular service audits with colleagues and stakeholders to review core output


  • You will have a proven and successful record of working in an online production environment with demonstrable experience and enthusiasm for social media and interactivity, an excellent knowledge of developments in social media and related areas.
  • Youll have an eye for a good story, the ability to tell digital stories in Hausa and English and have video editing skills. It would advantageous if your language skills extended to Igbo, Pidgin or Yoruba.
  • You must have strong editorial judgement and a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and libel laws.
  • You will have the ability to create new form/short form content from the development of an idea through to editing and publishing and have experience producing content specifically for social platforms like Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
  • You must have a self-learner approach to new technologies and an understanding of their potential is essential.


  • Excellent written and spoken Hausa language skills
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity for and an in-depth understanding of digital and social media, above all with regard to global journalism.
  • Experience of creating high quality copy and create assets (images, gifs, video) that can be used across social media channels in accordance with channel priorities.
  • An understanding of the broader digital landscape in Africa and a proven interest in keeping up to date with developments in social media.
  • Proven record of using social media effectively to engage audiences
  • Good knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter particularly around posting formats and best practice, engagement and technical issues.
  • Evidence of sound editorial and community judgement as well as an understanding of the power of online communities.
  • Strong editorial judgment and a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and libel laws.
  • Experience of working on youth content
  • Good knowledge of social media optimization, analytics and news gathering tools used by the BBC
  • The ability to plan and organise time and resources effectively and to manage projects to conclusion according to deadlines.

Location: Abuja

Closing Date
28th December, 2016.


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