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Ref#: 33078
CBS Business Unit: CBS Sports Network
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: New York, NY, US

About Us:

CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, airs more than 400 live games annually, showcasing an array of college and professional sports, as well as in-depth studio shows, documentaries and original programs. CBS Sports Network also provides extensive shoulder programming around CBS Sports’ Championship events, including the Super Bowl, The Masters and PGA Championship.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers including Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 (1643 in HD) and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.  

Description:
A Researcher is the backbone of our production department and provides the necessary information to assist in our studio and remote broadcasts. The ideal candidate will be responsible for providing both studio and remote CBS Sports broadcast and CBS Sports Network teams with statistical, biographical, and creative information. In addition, researchers will work in studio during NFL and NCAA coverage, and will be asked to develop graphic and story ideas for all sports in the CBS Sports/CBS Sports Network portfolio including the NFL, Golf, College Sports, Arena Football and more.
•    Use deep sports knowledge along with strong research techniques to generate and support ideas based on live sporting events, breaking news and other developments in the sports world. 
•    Initiate and maintain files of scheduled events, milestones and historical records, and other relevant information about the sports, conferences, teams, coaches and players covered on CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network. 
•    Conduct a variety of searches using historical stats databases, school/team websites, and other sources to support storytelling and coverage for all game and studio productions. 
•    Develop original story ideas and sell them to producers and on-air hosts and analysts to be used on live game broadcasts and studio shows, and on social media, that are timely and relevant.
•    Create and deliver informational packets that include data about our games; statistical nuggets and analytical context; storylines ranging from matchups to profiles to features to columns; and ideas for on-screen elements. 
•    Anticipate and identify relevant trends, developing storylines and noteworthy performances prior to and during live game action.
•    Communicate in a timely and effective manner with studio and event production contributors to provide thorough, creative and accurate statistical and storytelling information that will support and enhance productions. 
•    Deliver real-time alerts and scheduled recaps of notable performances, significant plays, and developing on-field storylines from our games or other related action. 
•    Build relationships with producers, on-air talent, and graphics and video associates, to ensure the highest quality and depth of information. 
•    Proactively identify and suggest solutions to address addressing potential needs and storylines for all studio shows and talent.
•    Collaborate with graphic and video teams for story planning, idea generation and coverage.
•    Utilize advanced metrics and related statistics to develop creative angles for coverage. 
•    Work closely with on-air talent in studio to provide essential information regarding games and athletes across sports and shows.
•    Prepare general background/research material for other entities as needed.
•    Fact check scripts and graphics with a keen eye to detail, an emphasis on accuracy and a focus on highlighting the priority storylines.

Qualifications:
•    Demonstrate strong knowledge and interest in sports, with an emphasis on NFL, college football, and college basketball. 
•    A resourceful ability to conduct research is a must.
•    Ability to work well with others and thrive in a group working environment is required.
•    Excellent interpersonal and multi-tasking skills, as well as a keen attention to detail, are required. 
•    Must demonstrate ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment under deadline, to prioritize assignments and ensure accuracy.
•    Must be able to work independently while also thriving in a team-oriented environment.
•    Must have experience with variety of approaches to Internet searches and be fluent in electronic newsgathering techniques, including quickly navigating the Internet and best practices for utilizing social media.
•    Must demonstrate ability to communicate ideas effectively and efficiently.
•    Must be a self-starter with demonstrated initiative.
•    Effective, professional communication skills are critical. This includes demonstrating strong writing skills, confident phone and electronic engagement, and interpersonal engagement.
•    Experience in sports studio/broadcast environments, or other sports media fields, is preferred. 
•    Must be able to work nights, weekends and flexible hours. 
•    Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field is preferred.
EEO Statement:
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