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 (www.bbc.com/popup) 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 bbc.com and BBC World News, including its Focus on Africa programme and a standalone documentary to broadcast on 8 August.