Per Diem Newswriter / Producer

Ref#: 30188
CBS Business Unit: CBS Television Stations
Job Type: Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance
Job Schedule: Part-Time
Job Location: Chicago, IL, 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.).


Write news copy for anchors under direction of newscast producer.  Also be able to produce news shows, as needed.   



  • Work under extreme deadline pressure to create and write factual updated and compelling news copy that is compliant with news strategies. 
  • Screen and edit from both linear and non-linear services to select relevant and engaging pictures and sound.
  • Work closely with reporters and video editors to produce story coverage, with an eye toward keeping the story both clear and succinct and compliant with news strategies.
  • Work closely with photographers in the field on breaking news and special assignments.
  • Support overall quality of the newscast with a keen eye for detail, including spelling, fact checking, balance and fairness.
  • Conceive, create or order graphics to support news copy.
  • Vacation-relief show producing duties and other duties as assigned.
  • Must be willing to work overnights and weekend mornings, and other hours as needed.
  • Knowledge of use of social media a must and ability to execute station’s social media strategy and efforts



  • Results-Oriented and Innovative
  • Ability to write and edit broadcast copy
  • Newscast producing skills




Three years’ experience as a news writer or producer, preferably in a top 20 market.

Bachelor’s degree in journalism or similar field.

Familiarity with Chicago area, desirable.

Experience with non-linear editing, a plus.

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