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WLS-TV News - ABC 7 Eyewitness News Chicago

190 N. State Street 3rd Floor - Newsroom
Chicago Illinois United States 60601


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WLS Newswriter (Daily Hire)

Job ID: 69992
Job Views: 3417
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Job Category: Television
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Posted: 09.19.2023

Job Description

WLS Newswriter (Daily Hire)
Job Summary:
Disney Entertainment’s eight owned ABC stations are multiplatform leaders in local news and information. ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.6 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space to Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, ABC 7 Eyewitness News produces “Chicago Proud,” a series of features that spotlights everyday heroes in and around Chicago. The station also produces the highest-rated New Year’s Eve special in Chicago, a holiday kickoff special, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, syndicated to a national audience, as well as the award-winning program series “Our Chicago,” which showcases the city’s diversity and highlights contributions in the Black, Hispanic, Asian, LGBTQ+ communities, among others. ABC 7 is the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago’s rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago’s electorate informed. ABC7’s outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives, one of the biggest one-day drives in the country and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.
ABC 7 Chicago’s #1 news station is looking to hire a Newswriter to join our team! Do you have the ability to write stories and produce newscasts with emotional and visual impact in a collaborative and innovative newsroom? Candidates must have outstanding news judgment and be able to craft thoughtful, visually compelling stories that meet the high journalistic standards of ABC7 Chicago. ABC 7 is focused on owning big story coverage and serving a diverse audience in the third-largest market in the country, and we are looking for people to help us make that happen every day.
Daily Hire is an employee hired to work on a daily basis with no requirement of a regular schedule.
  • Write and produce for newscasts as assigned
  • Edit video, build graphics and booth newscasts
  • Work with reporters, editors, directors, and others to shape stories and newscasts

Job Requirements

Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 2 years experience
  • Must be a self-starter, have great news judgment, thrive on breaking news and deadline pressure.
  • Excellent writer.
  • Organized, collaborative and good at managing people and resources.
  • Must have an eye for impact, relevance and moments that connect with viewers.
  • Effectively use social media to gather and distribute news.
  • Must be willing to work overnights and weekends
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of Dalet, non-linear editing, and Ross XPression
Required Education:
  • Bachelor's degree
Additional Information:
  • Reporting Location – Chicago, IL
  • This role is considered on-site, which means the employee will work from a Company designated location on an ongoing basis.
  • This position is covered under the Company’s collective bargaining agreement with NABET-CWA.
To apply, please log on to: and search for Job ID: 10063306 or use the link: 
About Walt Disney Television:
Walt Disney Television (WDT) redefines the future of media and entertainment. Delivering compelling creative, great storytelling, ground-breaking technology, high-impact marketing and innovative distribution, WDT offers multiple opportunities to build a career that supports entertaining and informing the world. A key unit of The Walt Disney Company, one of the world's most admired vertically integrated media enterprises, WDT includes global live action and animation entertainment, news, owned television stations, and radio. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals we want to hear your story.
About The Walt Disney Company:
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.
This position is with WLS Television, Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Television.
WLS Television, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.
The Walt Disney Company and its Affiliated Companies are Equal Employment Opportunity employers and welcome all job seekers including individuals with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. If you have a disability and believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or apply for a position, email with your request. This email address is not for general employment inquiries or correspondence. We will only respond to those requests that are related to the accessibility of the online application system due to a disability.

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