The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic multi-million pound expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is introducing a wide range of new and exciting language and regional content to serve African and global audiences.
Job Position: Data Journalist – Africa
Job Location: Nigeria
- The purpose of the visual journalism team is to unlock the potential of multimedia storytelling across all our platforms – mobile, desktop, tablet and TV.
- By using graphical tools and combining those of data and journalistic rigor, the team aims to produce powerful visual explanations that improve understanding of the news. Key responsibilities for this role:
- To enhance and explain major news stories. To research, write, co-ordinate, manage and deliver to tight deadlines the production of high quality added value digital content including: information graphics, maps, graphical interactives, multimedia explainers, data journalism, data visualization and other bespoke-format web content
- To generate ideas for data-driven stories and for how they might be developed and visualised for a variety of platforms
- To collaborate with reporters, editors, and the fellow team’s designer and developer to bring those stories to publication
- To participate and contribute to the wider Visual Journalism Community, with the Central BBC News Visual Journalism team and the other VJ Languages teams
- To make the most of data and visual journalism tools and workflows to create content of high editorial and technical standard
- To be aware of relevant advances in web technology and how they can enhance the team’s output
- Support fellow African Hub journalists to make the most of the available tools, to improve commissioning and workflows.
- To represent the Africa hub within the BBC Visual Journalism community
- To exchange regular notes and ideas with colleagues from the West Africa Languages Visual Journalism team
The Ideal Candidate will have the following experience and knowledge:
- Numerate – ability to understand spreadsheets and create them in Excel and Google Drive for stories data sharing
- Knowledge of data sources and FOI procedure, if relevant, as it pertains to your region
- A strong grasp of how to clean and query data
- A good understanding of statistics and statistical analysis
- Be able to use basic design software (like Photoshop) to make composite images as well as create and update and create basic templates for static content for social media – whichever platforms are most relevant
- Good visual awareness and web production experience
- Experience of visualising data and using visualisation tools
- Demonstrable experience of working to tight deadlines
- Also desirable knowledge, skills and experience
- Digital mapping skills to produce maps for digital outlets (like use of Q-GIS to create heatmaps and point maps for output – which can be edited by design and shared with broadcast, CartoDB)
- Knowledge of advanced features in Excel like pivot tables
- Knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL) and of script languages such as Python and/ or R to query databases
- Knowledge of data visualisation tools such as Tableau, Refine, Flourish (or similar)
- Knowledge of scripting data processing languages like R
- Experience of video production and motion graphics software (like Final Cut Pro and After Effects) to create simple explainer videos and animations
- Experience in the production of long form digital features (like http://goo.gl/GHdurD), with tools like Shorthand or similar
- Experience of negotiating with public officials for data and open records
- Experience of gathering information via Freedom of Information requests.
20th April, 2023.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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