Digital Journalists at BBC Monitoring

BBC Monitoring enables you to keep track of broadcast, press and social media sources in multiple languages from over 150 countries worldwide. We filter, translate and report breaking news, media behaviours and emerging trends with direct insight from local sources. Keep your ear to the ground around the clock, even in hard-to-reach places. Our round-the-clock monitoring is provided to BBC journalists and a range of customers – commercial clients, including media organizations, foreign governments, NGOs and universities, international businesses and the UK government. BBC Monitoring is based in Reading, with international offices in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. The page showcases some of our expert analysis and gives more details of our products and services as well as opportunities within our organisation.

BBC Monitoring is recruiting Digital Journalists to join its specialist teams, including those which require Arabic, as well as Amharic/Tigrinya language capability, and those with excellent idiomatic English writing and editing skills at its offices in Nairobi.

BBC Monitoring offers open source monitoring of TV, radio, print and digital media around the world. It is an important part of the BBC’s newsgathering operation and provides content for BBC output and a range of other customers.

Role Responsibility

As a Digital Journalist, you’ll play a pivotal role in meeting the needs of BBC Monitoring’s users by identifying news and key insights based on the monitoring of vernacular sources – TV, radio, newspapers and social media – across Africa.  You will produce engaging content in English and cover many news stories, including breaking news.  You will work a shift pattern, feed into the global news agenda, acting as a point of reference on sub-Saharan Africa.

You’ll use a variety of tools and techniques to mine the media for story ideas, identify emerging trends and narratives and contribute to advance planning for coverage of key events.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll have experience as a journalist and excellent writing skills in idiomatic English. You’ll be able to record accurately, to report impartially, to provide context as necessary and to ensure all output is consistent with the BBC’s editorial guidelines.  You’ll have a thorough understanding of Africa’s media environment and a good knowledge of the political, cultural, religious and economic factors significant in the region.  You’ll be able to track breaking news and emerging trends in social media.

You are willing and able to embrace new ways of working,  to continually develop yourself and others around you and to actively seek feedback. You have good inter-personal communication skills and can work collaboratively with team members and with other parts of the BBC.

You will need complete fluency in either Arabic or in both Amharic and Tigrinya.  We are also looking for excellent English-language editors – in which case a desirable language (listed as follows) would be an advantage: Arabic, Oromo, Tigrinya, Amharic and any other language dominant in Africa’s media scene.

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