Associate Producer, Assignment Desk

Ref#: 33301
CBS Business Unit: CBS News
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: Washington, DC, US

About Us:
CBS was established in 1928, when founder William Paley purchased 16 independent radio stations and christened them the Columbia Broadcast System. Today, with more than 200 television stations and affiliates reaching virtually every home in the United States, CBS's total network lineup was watched by more than 130 million people a week during the 2012/2013 season. The Network has the #1 drama/scripted program, NCIS; #1 sitcom, THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 newsmagazine, 60 MINUTES; and #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Its programming arms include CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports.

CBS Washington has an opening for an Associate Producer who is flexible to work all shifts, the weekend and holidays who can determine news assignments as supervised by the Managing Editor; Monitor social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) and AP wires for spot news; Telephone law enforcement and firefighting agencies in addition to DC related agencies, i.e., FBI, DEA, FEMA to learn if spot news must be assigned; check wires for on air bulletins or special reports and new story assignments; prepare a situationer describing in detail what stories are being covered and who is covering them; gather information by telephone on news stories which are not assigned to reporters; working with respective beat producers and reporters on stories being covered; participate in story meetings to inform participants of events being covered; schedule remote trucks (ENG/SNG) for live news stories or interviews; develop contacts in community and cultivate those contacts for news stories; perform other duties which may be assigned from time to time based upon events of the day. Opportunity to go into the filed.


ยท        3+ years assignment desk experience required; local TV news experience with familiarity with DC-Maryland-Virginia area strongly preferred.

  • Requires strong editorial judgement
  • Requires highly developed relationship building skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and thrive in a dynamic, quickly-changing environment is essential.
  • A focus on multi-media content is required.
  • Understanding TV newsgathering and transmission technology.
  • Knowledge of regional television markets and station relationships a plus.
  • Degree in broadcast journalism or related field strongly preferred.

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