Press Releases: 06/15/15

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BBC’s first travelling news bureau pops up in Kenya this July

New York June 15, 2015 Following its launch and six months on the road in the U.S, the BBC’s start-up travelling news bureau BBC Pop Up ( will be heading further afield to Kenya this July, it was announced today.

Crowd-sourcing stories from Kenyan Americans in the US and locals in Kenya, BBC Pop Up will be creating short and long form video for the BBC’s international news services in order to tell stories that link communities in the U.S. and Kenya. The unit will be in Kenya ahead of President Obama’s visit to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, where they will join forces with the BBC Africa (@bbcafrica) team based in the country, to give communities both in Kenya and the U.S their say on the visit.

The project begins in Dallas in late June, where BBC Pop Up will be talking to a Kenyan American radio station broadcasted around America in Swahili. They’ll be asking the station’s listeners what stories they want filmed in their home country. Once in Kenya, the team will be utilising the expertise and insight of the BBC’s East Africa Bureau in Nairobi, including colleagues at the BBC’s Swahili and Somali language services. BBC Pop Up’s host in Kenya will be Anne Soy (@annesoy), and the team will be holding a community meet-up in Nairobi, to help crowd-source more stories as well as utilise the unit’s social media accounts for newsgathering. BBC Pop Up will be producing short and long form video content for and BBC World News, including its Focus on Africa programme and a standalone documentary to broadcast on 8 August.

BBC Pop Up is the BBC’s start-up travelling journalism unit, which was launched in 2014 by the BBC’s North America digital team based in Washington DC as an experimental project. The unit spent 6 months on the road based in a different U.S city each month, where the small team of video journalists held community meet-ups to crowdsource story ideas from local residents. BBC Pop Up went on to produce video features for, social media and a monthly half hour documentary for BBC World News, all reflecting stories and content gathered at the local level and shared with the BBC’s global audiences.

Over the course of six months in the U.S, the bureau produced 51 videos, 7 long form TV documentaries, as well as 213 blog posts and activity on the bureau’s twitter, Instagram and Tumblr accounts. The team also taught journalism classes at local universities during their trip.

Matt Danzico from BBC Pop Up says: ‘BBC Pop Up has aimed to turn around the traditional idea of newsgathering, and looked to local communities to drive stories and ideas. We want to act as the vehicle through which the community tells its story to our global audience. This summer, we’re expanding that idea by being the bridge between countries as well.’
To find out more about BBC Pop Up go to or on twitter: @bbcpopup

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