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Organization: BBC Media Action
Closing date: 5 Sep 2021

Call for Trainers

BBC Media Action (Eastern Europe & Central Asia)

BBC Media Action is seeking trainers to supports its project implementation in Armenia.

· In the short-to-medium term we expect all training will be delivered remotely (i.e. via Zoom, Skype, Teams etc) in a mixture of 1:1 and group training sessions, but we hope to resume in- country training when circumstances allow

· Dates: training will begin in September 2021 and will be scheduled throughout 2021 and 2022

· Deadline for applications: Sunday 5th September, 23:00 (London)

· Deadline to send questions: Sunday 29th August, 23:00 (London)

Section A – Background **

BBC Media Action is supporting independent media in Armenia to become more professional through tailored capacity building to support a strong and vibrant Armenian media sector offering relevant and reliable information to its rural and urban audience. This call focuses on the capacity building of two online news platforms that produce text and video content.

Section B – Training needs **

The project will offer a range of training support focusing on different aspects of storytelling. Specific needs are as follows:

  1. Storytelling techniques for video news stories Objective: how to structure video news stories efficiently and creatively to tell the story to best effect, both live and in packages. Training will be for joint teams of camera operators and journalists and should include:

· choosing the best format for the story – this should include a range of techniques such as walk-and-talks and illustrated two-ways

· how to structure a piece in a way that captures the viewers’ attention

· how to tell complex stories simply and include explanation

· practical exercises in live on-camera camera reporting

· how to work together to plan your shoot efficiently (and for packages, how to plan for the edit).

  1. Storytelling Techniques for Video Production Objective: how to plan for a video shoot, how to storyboard, shoot sequences and use a range of dynamic storytelling techniques to tell a story. Training will be for joint teams of camera operators and journalists.

  2. Storytelling in Investigations Objective: how to structure a complex online text investigation to make it powerful, engaging and easily understood by audiences. This will include how to plan an investigation and marshal evidence accordingly. Training will be for journalists.

  3. Storytelling for Online Objective: how to tell online stories in a creative, engaging way, using a range of digital tools and formats such as maps, timelines, software for long reads, infographics; how to lay out articles so that they are scannable and more easily consumable. Training will be for digital journalists and digital editors.

  4. Storytelling Using Graphics Objective: how to add explanation to video news stories by effective use of graphics - in live video content, in packages and in online storytelling (particularly Facebook). Training will be for joint teams of camera operators and journalists and will include practical exercises in using graphics to tell stories effectively, and how to work together to plan your shoot efficiently.

  5. Interview Techniques Objective: how to conduct effective interviews - how to plan interviews, hold people to account, how to deal with people who dodge the issue or are aggressive. This training will potentially be delivered part of an event.

  6. Mobile Journalism Objective: how to shoot on mobile phones - framing & formats, sequences, apps and accessories, best use of mobile footage, safety issues. This training will potentially be delivered as part of an event.

Section C – Profile of trainers

Trainers applying for this call will need to have:

  1. Substantial experience of delivering practical, formal training and on-the-job mentoring
  2. Experience of delivering training remotely via Skype, Zoom, Teams etc, 1:1 or in groups.
  3. Experience in the region and an understanding of the local contexts and platforms.
  4. High level of practical experience in the skills outlined.
  5. To participate in a mandatory briefing on Respect at Work, and ensure compliance with the staff code of conduct and its related policies.
  6. To report any Safeguarding concerns immediately, either to the line manager or using the Whistleblowing Policy.
  7. Strong understanding of BBC editorial guidelines

Language skills: an understanding of Armenian would be an advantage.

How to apply:

To apply, please send the following by email to Miriam.Sandford@bbc.co.uk:

  • A covering letter of maximum one page specifying which of the outputs stated in Section B you can deliver training on, and how your experience meets the ‘profile of trainers’ in Section C
  • Your CV, including your expected daily rate

Please use ‘Training Proposal Armenia’ in the subject line along with your name, e.g. ‘Petra Smith, Training Proposal Armenia’. There is no limit to the number of areas you can apply for.

Incomplete applications will be disqualified automatically.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 5th September, 23:00 (London)
If you have any questions, please send your email by Sunday 29th August, 23:00 (London) to: Miriam.Sandford@bbc.co.uk

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