BBC AFRICA TALENT POOL for Researchers, Journalists and Social Media Journalists


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The BBC World Service Group is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices.

Africa’s media landscape is one of the fastest developing news markets in the world, with mobile technology transforming lives, internet connectivity increasing the radio market (it remains relatively strong), and television migrating from analogue to digital.

We are creating a talent pool of researchers, journalists and social media journalists on a freelance basis who we can contact to work with us at peak times.

Main Responsibilities


Role and Responsibility 

You will work effectively as part of a team and have a variety of duties i.e. Identifying and securing suitable contributors for stories and writing summaries for the journalists and the senior journalists

You will work within tight deadlines and may work on sensitive investigations where a high degree of confidentiality and good record keeping are essential.


We are looking for freelance journalists with a demonstrable understanding of African news and current affairs.

Role Responsibility

  • You will research, edit and produce stories to high editorial standards.
  • You will come up with original ideas and storytelling techniques to serve African audiences across the continent.
  • You edit and adapt content from TV or radio for digital platforms
  • Collaborate with journalists across Africa to originate digital content from news stories
  • Produce original journalism by using a wide range of contacts and sources and identify innovative story ideas and treatments for an online audience.
  • Report on news stories in the field and from the office, conduct interviews, attend media conferences and live events
  • Use a wide range of social media to engage with and reach our online audience
  •  Work with broadcast video and audio output, sourcing user-generated content (UGC) and working with online content management systems.


Role Responsibility

Social Media Journalists play a key role at BBC Africa, keeping our audience informed of the very latest African news, covering major events, curating online conversations and promoting the best of what BBC Africa has to offer on television, radio and online. You will be working predominantly on content for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Our tone across social media is informative and conversational, but at the end of the day we’re still the BBC and that means you will be expected to uphold and build on the reputation we’ve carved out with the African audience. Straddling that line between informal and authoritative is a real skill and something you will need to do daily in this role.

And while those core journalistic values of accuracy and impartiality are incredibly important, it’s not all facts, figures and breaking news reports on social media. This is a good time to mention working hours. In this role, you will usually work  8-hour shifts; these can begin as early as 8 am and finish at 7 pm. Freelance shifts in the Social Media team are worked from the office and home 

You need to be based in the UK


Are you the right candidate?

  • You ideally will have a wide and up-to-date knowledge of the African region and an in-depth understanding of its history, politics, social issues and culture.
  • Substantial digital experience in either digital video editing, text features, reporting and adapting stories or programme material for digital platforms.
  • Complete comprehension of written and spoken English as a first or equivalent language and the ability to communicate effectively is essential.
  • Please note: experience is key. The social media researcher is not an entry-level role. Candidates should have experience creating and publishing content on social media for large audiences, ideally in a news environment.
  • You will have a real passion and flair for writing posts and really live and breathe social media. News or journalism experience is a big plus as much of the role centres around translating African news stories to a social audience.
  • Strong editorial judgement and an instinct for landing on the right side of editorial policy are crucial.
  • This is a journalism/reporting role more than it is a creative content role (video, graphic design etc).
  • You need understanding or appreciation of African stories and the audience is required
  • Desirable but not essential if you speak any of the 11 African languages:  Somali, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Amharic, Afaan Oromo, Tigrinya, Pidgin, Yoruba , Igbo

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