Staff Researcher, CBS Sports

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Ref#: 28871
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.
Description:
Researchers provide the backbone of our production department by providing 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, from NFL to golf to college sports to 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 releases, story ideas, 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 social media, stats databases, school/team websites, other media outlets, and other sources to support storytelling and coverage for all game and studio productions.

•    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.

•    Develop original, creative ideas for graphics and video elements that provide statistical or other analysis of games, storylines and trending issues in sports.

•    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:
Required:

•    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 nights, weekends and flexible hours. 

•    Must be able to work independently while also thriving in a team-oriented environment.

•    Experience in sports studio/broadcast environments, or other sports media fields, is preferred.

•    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.

Preferred:

•    Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field is preferred.

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