Journalism Researcher, BBC Africa at BBC World Service



The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster, broadcasting radio and television news, speech and discussions in 29 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, Internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, FM and MW relays. It was announced in November 2016 that The BBC World Service will start broadcasting in Igbo, Nigerian Pidgin, Yoruba and Amharic among others in its biggest expansion since the 1940s. The World Service reached 210 million people a week (TV, radio and online) on average in 2015. The English-language service broadcasts 24 hours a day.

We are looking for a Researcher who will support this expansion by gathering information and updates, as well as selecting stories which will provide unique insights to users.

Role Responsibility

Some of your main responsibilities will include:

  • To feed identifying new ways to deliver content relevant to all Africa users
  • To monitor online, TV, radio, newspapers and social media across Africa, and produce tip-offs, news updates, media reviews and background information on relevant stories
  • To maintain an up-to-date database of contacts, organisations and source information from the target area, using the best technology for gathering and organising information
  • Play a role in the planning and strategic development of research as appropriate
  • Contribute to story ideas and new angles on emerging narratives and long-running stories, including from a data perspective
  • Actively seek feedback from our users on our research offering; work with the Senior Broadcast Journalist/Editorial Lead and the rest of the team to interpret this and respond in a timely manner
  • To collaborate with journalists on creating engaging and innovative products

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role you must have an excellent level of spoken and written English. Swahili or another African language is desirable. You will have an understanding of the relevant user groups and target markets with the ability to understand and identify the needs of business audiences. In particular, you will have an excellent understanding of what audiences are looking for in digital and social media content. Expertise in the collection, processing, analysis and visualisation of data (possibly including basic programming skills) is required as well as a passion for African business.


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Closing Date : 6 October. 2021



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