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Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Type of contract: fixed term
Salary: DoE
Starting date: July 1, 2024
Deadline for applications: May 17, 2024

JOB DESCRIPTION

AFP is seeking an experienced English-language journalist with strong digital investigation skills to join its Lagos bureau on a fixed-term contract as part of the global fact-checking team.

As AFP’s regional office for West Africa, Lagos is responsible for covering Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Togo.

The successful candidate will expertly report on online disinformation in Nigeria and the wider region, and support journalists in other bureaus in Africa and beyond.

We are looking for an accomplished journalist who can swiftly track and verify disinformation on major social media platforms like Facebook and TikTok, discussion boards and encrypted chat apps. Expertise in digital verification techniques and tools is a must, as is a keen interest in technology trends including AI.

The demanding role entails working to tight deadlines in a fast-paced multimedia newsroom consisting of text, photo and video journalists.

By joining one of the world’s top news wires, you must be able to turn complex subject matters into accurate, impartial and engaging news copy that appeals to clients in the region and across the globe. Beyond debunking claims, you are expected to pitch strong analysis pieces that provide a bigger picture of key disinformation trends.

You will demonstrate a deep knowledge of geopolitical and economic shifts in Nigeria and West Africa. Experience of living in other parts of the continent will be an advantage.

This is an exciting opportunity to join AFP’s extensive fact-checking network, which leads the global fight against online disinformation.

SKILLS REQUIRED

The successful candidate will have solid news judgement, a flair for writing, excellent interpersonal skills, and a proven track record of working under pressure and in challenging environments.

You have to be available to occasionally work evenings and weekends when necessary. Native-level English is essential, while knowledge of local languages and/or French/Arabic/Spanish will be an advantage.

You will also need to have solid news judgement, the ability to generate stories and uncover interesting angles, the capacity to react quickly to breaking news, and strong motivation.

RELIABILITY

You must ensure the reliability of our news coverage and respect for the agency's editorial policy. You should be familiar with potential issues in handling user-generated content (UGC) and AFP’s guidelines concerning its use, especially regarding finding and verifying amateur videos in breaking news situations.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Use of social media (Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok…) and networking apps is essential, in accordance with the guidelines for using social networks as an AFP journalist.

WORKING HOURS

In an ever-changing media environment, the nature of the job could evolve in line with coverage demands and the requirements of an increasingly diverse client base.

CONDITIONS

Will be communicated to shortlisted candidates.

Please send your CV and application to:

  • Lagos Bureau Chief:
  • Head of Fact Check Africa:
  • Africa Director:
  • Regional HR manager: Camille.
  • AFP is committed to equal opportunities and greater diversity within its teams. We therefore encourage all applications in order to preserve the wealth of profiles, cultures and languages that constitute the strength of our network.

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