News Apprentice

Ref#: 30797
CBS Business Unit: CBS Television Stations
Job Type: Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance
Job Schedule: Part-Time
Job Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US

About Us:
CBS Television Stations consists of 29 owned-and-operated stations, including 16 that are part of the CBS Television Network, eight affiliates of The CW Network, three independent stations and two MyNetworkTV affiliates. Among its stations are WCBS-TV and WLNY-TV (New York), KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV (Los Angeles), WBBM-TV (Chicago), KYW-TV and WPSG-TV (Philadelphia), KTVT-TV and KTXA-TV (Dallas-Ft. Worth), KPIX-TV and KBCW-TV (San Francisco), WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV (Boston), WUPA-TV (Atlanta), WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV (Detroit), KSTW-TV (Seattle), WTOG-TV (Tampa-St. Petersburg), WCCO-TV (Minneapolis), KCNC-TV (Denver), WFOR-TV and WBFS-TV (Miami), KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV (Sacramento), KDKA-TV and WPCW-TV (Pittsburgh), WJZ-TV (Baltimore), as well as WCCO-TV’s satellite stations KCCO-TV (Alexandria, Minn.) and KCCW-TV (Walker, Minn.).

The purpose of the Program is to develop strong newsroom leadership skills for those interested in behind the scenes editorial opportunities, as well as to attract a diverse pool of talented individuals who will contribute to our story selection and execution.  In 2018, we are excited that KDKA/WPCW-TV will be participating in the News Apprenticeship Program. 


                                                    The Program will expose candidates to the various disciplines of broadcast journalism, from the assignment desk to newscast writing and producing, promotion writing, and news editing to special projects.  Apprentices will be working side by side with News Department professionals, learning their craft and gaining valuable experience and knowledge. This is truly a unique opportunity for a recent college graduate who has a serious interest in pursuing a career in TV News.  We are seeking individuals who are looking to work “behind the camera” with an ultimate goal to be part of a Newsroom management team.   


                                                    The Apprenticeship will be of a six month duration which may be extended, based on individual circumstances.  Candidates who are selected will be paid an hourly rate of pay.  Apprentices will be considered “at will” employees and the Program can end at any time during the apprenticeship period, at the Station’s sole discretion.


To Apply for the News Apprenticeship Program:


  • After you have read the Program description and requirements detailed here, go to our website and click the JOBS link which will take you to the main CBS Jobs Website. Enter Pittsburgh/KDKA and all open positions will be listed. List any work experience, including summer or part-time jobs you may have had during high school, college or after graduation from college.

  • Highlight any internship(s) or extracurricular activities (i.e. campus television or radio station, newspaper, etc.) that you have participated in, any professional organization membership(s) you hold, or any additional information you want us to consider, i.e. applicable course work, awards, special skills or accomplishments, etc.

  • Attach a resume and a one-page, single-spaced essay on “Why I’ve Chosen Broadcast Journalism As a Career.” Applications submitted without this essay will not be considered.


    Required Skills/Experience:       


  • Candidates must be a recent college graduate within the past year.


  • Only those individuals who are highly motivated and are self-starters need apply.


  • While a degree in communications or journalism is not required, strong writing skills are essential.  Candidates will be required to take a broadcast writing test. 


  • Participation in college TV stations, radio, newspapers or literary magazines will be taken into account.  Also, membership in any professional organizations such as RTNDA or other Journalist Associations will be considered.



    Minimum Education Level:       Bachelor’s Degree



    Major:                                       Communications or Journalism preferred, but not required



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