Senior Editor, ETonline.com

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Ref#: 31907
CBS Business Unit: CBS Interactive
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Location: Burbank, CA, US

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Description:
Brand Overview: 
We are the 24/7 entertainment news digital arm of the long-running, Emmy Award-winning syndicated TV series Entertainment Tonight. ETonline has been the No. 1 producer of entertainment video online for more than 2 years straight, according to comScore, and is a top three entertainment news network. We are also preparing for the launch of an ET-branded streaming network in 2018.  

Role Details:
We’re looking for a Senior Editor with excellent news judgment and an unmistakable sense of urgency to beat the competition. The schedule for this position is Sunday-Thursday 2-11 p.m. PT.

The right person for this job is...
  • An experienced editor who loves pop culture, celebrity and entertainment news and thrives in an environment that requires both speed and accuracy.
  • An individual who makes fast, confident choices based on both data and good news judgment about prioritizing stories and beating our competition.
  • An individual who can work with our online team, show producers and the newsdesk to find, develop and pursue original reporting and advance ongoing stories, and to help determine when there is enough information to move forward for publication.
  • A confident leader who can give constructive feedback to both staff and freelance writers that helps them improve and increase their skills.
  • A savvy interpreter of audience data and analytics (Chartbeat, Brightcove, etc.) to guide both story selection and measure success, plus the ability to conduct post-mortem assessments to continually improve and strengthen our competitive positioning.

Your Day-to-Day: 
  • Assess and prioritize a story budget, including exclusive or breaking news, night shoots, short features, or other story types.
  • Provide coverage continuity during the critical evening PST time period as we transition our 24/7 coverage from our daytime teams in New York and Burbank to our overnight London team.
  • Clearly assign writers news and short feature stories, then assist in copy editing and fact-checking all drafts.
  • Communicate and work closely with other editorial, video and social leads, as well as the newsdesk.
  • Accept and quickly execute general writing or reporting assignments or take on assignments yourself when most expedient.
  • Work with our legal team and show producers to address and appropriately resolve any concerns about copy.
  • Help maintain a consistent brand tone and style in copy. 
  • Occasionally read scripts for video production and edit for clarity, accuracy and consistency with editorial coverage.
  • Occasionally post to Facebook and Twitter as a backup for our social media team.

Key Projects: 
  • We’re committed to working hard and holding ourselves accountable as we continue to improve the editorial side of ETonline as we cover breaking news and the tentpole events of the year in the entertainment industry: awards season, summer movie season and fall TV premiere season.
  • Making fast, confident choices based on both data and good news judgment about prioritizing stories and beating our competition on both a daily and long-term basis. 
  • Working with staff and freelance writers on both a local and remote basis to ensure accuracy and consistent brand tone in their stories.
  • Working with the Business Intelligence team and utilizing their reporting data and dashboards to guide both story selection and measure success, plus the ability to conduct post-mortem assessments to continually improve and strengthen our competitive positioning.
  • In 2018, CBSi plans to launch an ET-branded streaming network. ETonline staff will be deeply involved in developing, producing and distributing content for and from that platform.
Qualifications:
What you bring to the team: 
You have –
  • 5-10 years of managing, editing and/or digital writing/reporting experience
  • Digital newsroom experience
  • Love of pop culture
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • CMS experience
  • Willingness to work evening hours

You might also have –
  • An undeniable appetite and enthusiasm for working in an environment that can be different every day—and an unmistakable sense of urgency and ambition.
  • A keen awareness of a digital media landscape that is constantly evolving and adapting as technology changes and audiences shift their attention and how that will affect our brand.
  • The ability to keep your calm during a crisis. We’re committed to working hard and holding ourselves accountable but also encouraging the creative, competitive edge that naturally emerges when you actually love where you work. No screaming allowed.
EEO Statement:

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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