Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fifth year. 

Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. 

The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, gaining skills and experience. 

Applications close on 26 February 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

The award was established to honour Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster and presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

This year’s award is being launched from the Nigerian city of Lagos.

It will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

As well as spending time with the BBC in London, the winner will also get to travel to Africa to report a story – and have that story shared across the continent and the world.

Previous winners:

  • 2015: Nancy Kacungira from Uganda
  • 2016: Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria
  • 2017: Amina Yuguda from Nigeria
  • 2018: Waihiga Mwaura from Kenya

Kenyan journalist Waihiga Mwaura won last year’s award and reported from Togo for his main project about young innovators turning e-waste into 3D printers and robots.

Waihiga said that you could always sense “the passion in the way Komla told the African story”.

“His will to change the narrative about Africa was one of the reasons he stood out amongst other international broadcasters,” the 2018 award winner said.

“I feel the placement at the BBC – working with Komla’s friends and colleagues – has helped me to continue Komla’s remarkable work, and I look forward to a day when more African journalists of the calibre of Komla will be able to tell unique African stories from different outlets around the world.”Ahead of the inaugural award, Komla Dumor’s former colleagues reflected on the broadcaster’s talent

Waihiga will take part in the 2019 launch event, chairing a debate for the BBC World Service about the power of young Nigerians in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Jamie Angus, director of the BBC World Service Group, said: 

“In an era when impartial and factual journalism has never mattered more, it’s important that we look to the journalists who know, understand and can contextualise African stories for global audiences so that we can offer a full picture of what’s happening across the continent. 

“All of the previous winners have shown they’re exceptional journalists, and have brought insights in to how to improve engagement with local audiences.

“We’re very pleased to be continuing Komla’s legacy and are looking forward to finding another outstanding journalist from the continent.”

  • To see if you are eligible for the role and to apply, click here
  • You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #BBCKomlaAward.
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Call: Short films for curious minds, BBC Ideas

BBC Ideas has just launched at www.bbc.com/ideas. The deadline for submissions in this round is Monday 5 February at 5pm. Please see the pitching section to find out how to submit.

BBC Ideas  is a short-form factual digital video project centred on exploring ideas that challenge and inform the audience. Launched on 11 January 2018, its strapline is “short films for curious minds”. It is aimed at a meeting an audience desire for quality, thoughtful, ideas presented in a mobile-friendly format. It is a one-year beta project, and we’re keen to experiment with formats and styles, and will take an iterative, agile approach, learning from the audience.

The videos are hosted at bbc.com/ideas and are arranged in thematic playlists. They are also promoted via the BBC Homepage (bbc.co.uk), the BBC News website, and the BBC’s social media channels. Videos will be frequently added and playlists will continue to be available after their initial publication, to serve as a place for discovery and exploration for the audience. The team is taking pitches for bespoke material for BBC Ideas, as well as using bbc.com/ideas as a way of showcasing existing “ideas-y” digital video from the BBC, and its archive.

You can read more about the project in a blog post by James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education, and this post from Executive Editor of BBC Ideas, Bethan Jinkinson (external website). There is more background information on the external website Medium. More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/online/articles/ideas

Jobs: BBC Recruitment Fair – Nairobi

BBC Recruitment Fair – Nairobi

http://careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/BBC-Recruitment-Fair-Nairobi/23424

Introduction

The BBC World Service is growing, and we want you to grow with us!

We are expanding our operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from six to 12 and investing in modern TV and Digital production facilities.

Interested and want to know more then come and talk to us at our Careers Fair in Nairobi. You’ll meet BBC staff who will give an insight into the roles we are recruiting for and what it is truly like to work for The BBC.

Well be looking for people to join us inTV and Digital roles which include: Reporters, Producers, Camera Operators, News Directors, Graphic Designers, Video Editors and Shoot Edits.

If you have experience in any of the above roles and would like to hear more about these exciting opportunities as well as having the chance to meet members of the team, then please apply to register your interest in attending our careers fair. It’s taking place at a central Nairobi location on Saturday 9th September and Wednesday 13th September.

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