National Desk Assignment Editor

Ref#: 27527
CBS Business Unit: CBS Television Network
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: New York, NY, 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.

The National Desk is a central hub in the newsroom.  National Desk Assignment Editors are responsible for:

  • Gathering production elements for network news stories.
  • Scanning social media for breaking news and topical stories. 
  • Pitching story ideas.
  • Coordinating coverage of stories with staff and monitoring their progress, which includes - updating crews in the field, insuring feeds are recorded and logged if needed, making travel arrangements, etc.
  • Gathering video, photos and other media.
  • Verifying information and fact checking stories.  Working with CBS Rights and Clearances as well as Standards and Practices to deliver material that meets CBS criteria. 
  • Providing producers and staff with accurate and timely information, especially in breaking news situations.
  • Scheduling crews to cover stories as needed.
  • Covering the Bulletin Center and producing Special Reports as needed.
  • Keeping track of Live-U’s and associated equipment.


  • 5 years assignment editing experience in a professional newsroom preferred
  • Good writing skills
  • Must have solid news judgment and experience with breaking news
  • Must be a team player with a positive attitude and be available to work various schedules
  • Thrives in high-pressure and time-critical situations. Ability to multi-task is essential
  • Degree in broadcast journalism or related field preferred
  • Passion for news, journalism, and social media

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