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WGA Producer


WGA Producer

Salary: $88,000 - $95,000
• Intermediate Level


CBS News 24/7 is seeking a New York-based WGA Producer to join its around-the-clock coverage team. Identify, pitch, write and edit news copy with speed and accuracy in a deadline-driven environment

Category Editor  Journalist/Reporter  Live Event / On Location Services  Producers  Writers 
Location Greater New York City Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Jul 08, 2024
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

CBS News 24/7 is seeking a New York-based WGA Producer to join its around-the-clock coverage team. The ideal candidate is proactive, creative and editorially rigorous. They will demonstrate a firm command of journalistic standards, a keen attention to detail, and excellent newsgathering, writing and visual storytelling skills. They must also be calm and efficient during breaking news and, while based in New York, serve as a collaborative member of a global news organization.
The WGA Producer will primarily be responsible for writing conversational, narrative copy for a live, daily newscast across a variety of coverage beats including domestic stories, breaking news, international stories, interview and reporter segments, medical, consumer, tech and cultural reports. This person must have exceptional news writing skills and a talent for telling factual and fair stories on tight deadlines.
As a hardworking journalist, the producer needs to be fluent in all of the major storylines unfolding in the news cycle and have a knack for identifying and conveying important stories that our viewers should know about. The candidate enjoys working in a fast-paced news environment — the CBS News Broadcast Center — writing news copy while channeling the voice of an anchor and rising to the occasion during breaking news events.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Identify, pitch, write and edit news copy with speed and accuracy in a deadline-driven environment
  • Write and customize copy for anchor and reporter voices for live segments/readers as well as writing for feature and news packages
  • Research and produce compelling coverage that includes quality sound, eye-catching video, factually-accurate maps and graphics, and headline-grabbing banners
  • Participate in daily staff editorial and production meetings
  • Order original graphics
  • Source and edit video elements, including from agency partners and social media
  • Copy edit scripts for grammar, syntax and substance (including fact checking)
  • Writes teases, headlines, segments/readers features and news packages for daily show(s)
  • Write banners and quotes during breaking news and live events
  • Write intros, readers, teases and top of show as needed
  • Supervise writing and graphics development
  • Provide guidance & mentor Segment Producers, APs, DAs and other junior team members on writing tone, substance and style
  • Work with Management and Line Producers on standards and the editorial direction of language for the anchors, correspondents and on screen graphics
  • Pitch & execute special, feature & recurring segments
  • Communicate and work in the control room during assigned programs
  • Work with and trains Associate Producers and Digital Associates on their writing and producing
  • Substitute for line producers, planning and executing content and formatting of show rundowns for a 24-hour streaming news channel
  • May also perform the responsibilities of Associate Producers, Associate Video Producers; and Digital Associates
  • Work with Digital Line Producers and editors to review and update segments after they air, ensuring any and all fixes are made before the next segment airing
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 5 years working in broadcast journalism
  • 3-5 years experience writing copy for network, cable and/or local TV news in a major market
  • Experience in writing daily news and feature taped packages
  • Must pass comprehensive CBS News Digital writing test
  • Ability to work early mornings, late nights, weekends and holidays, sometimes on short notice, as coverage and news priorities require, as this is a 24-hour news operation
Additional Qualifications:
  • Solid background in journalism and TV, including strong news judgment & critical thinking skills
  • Sophisticated knowledge of current events and geopolitics
  • Impeccable grammar and spelling with attention to detail
  • Command of AP style and broadcast writing
  • Calm demeanor in high pressure situations, including live control room environments
  • A passion for news
  • Deep understanding of news standards, rights and clearances and fact-checking practices
  • Strong communication skills and ability to train and advise associate producers, production assistants and junior staff in writing and editing broadcast copy
  • Must be very detail oriented with ability to work and write calmly and efficiently in high stress, intense deadline, live TV environment
  • Be able to multi-task and manage multiple assignments for regular programming as well as rolling breaking news coverage
  • Knowledge of ENPS preferred
  • Line producing experience a plus
This is a position covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the WGA-E.
Hiring Salary Range: $88,000.00 - 95,000.00. 

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day, Evening
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