Campaign Reporter, Political Unit, Wash DC

Ref#: 32016
CBS Business Unit: CBS News
Job Type: Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance
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 110 million people a week during the 2017/2018 season. CBS has been the #1 network in primetime for 10 consecutive seasons. The network has the #1 comedy/scripted program, THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 newsmagazine, 60 MINUTES; #l late night program, THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT and #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Its programming arms include CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports.

The CBS News political unit is seeking seven Digital Journalists with strong reporting skills to cover the 2020 presidential election. Utilizing sound editorial/news judgement, he/she will have a demonstrated ability to report on elections, candidates, issues and trends across the country, to log candidate events quickly and accurately, to produce editorial content for the network’s use, to cultivate sources, and to write for

Our ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ of journalism experience, and the ability to thrive in a deadline driven news environment. He/She will have superior writing, editing, communication and research skills, strong relationship-building skills, the ability to prioritize and work calmly under pressure, and a self-starter mentality. Understanding how traditional news stories translate into great digital content, he/she will also write stories for


  • Report on 2020 election and candidates, issues and trends across the country, helping tell the story of the evolving political landscape, voter trends, and voter enthusiasm
  • Produce editorial content for all CBS News platforms, including CBS This Morning, Evening News, Face the Nation, CBSN, and
  • Write stories for, keeping within brand
  • Coordinate and conduct candidate interviews
  • Log candidate events and interviews quickly and accurately
  • Cultivate sources and build relationships with campaign staff and political operatives



  • 2+ years’ experience working in a deadline driven, news environment
  • Highly developed relationship-building skills
  • Familiarity with all of CBS News’ platforms
  • Proficiency in shooting (additional camera training will be provided)
  • Strong editorial/news judgement with ability to prioritize and work calmly under pressure
  • Strong writing, communication, and editing skills; Avid preferred
  • A self-starter who is comfortable with an intense travel schedule and working weekends
  • Broadcast, Print or Digital experience covering politics, White House, or Congress preferred. Demonstrated interest in politics and policy required.
  • College degree in broadcast journalism, history, or political science strongly preferred

EEO Statement:
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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