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WGA Producer

Job ID: 70930
Job Views: 1906
Location: New York, New York, United States
Postal Code: 10019
Job Category: Television
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 8800000 USD per year
Posted: 05.20.2024

Job Description

The CBS News national streaming channel, CBS News 24/7, is seeking an experienced breaking news WGA Producer in New York to serve as an editorial driver behind a new national newscast that embodies the 24/7 streaming network’s “Always On” promise. This innovative show format brings together live, breaking news from across the country and around the world, best-in-class storytelling, original reporting and a behind-the-scenes look at how coverage comes together. State-of-the-art AR/VR technology will add to the experience, immersing viewers in the program’s live journalism.

The successful candidate for this role must thrive bringing breaking news and live coverage to audiences in real time as stories are still unfolding, working with assignment editors, reporters, and control room production teams to share news with our audience with urgency. The producer needs to be comfortable producing on the fly while paying close attention to provide context, clarity and accuracy during breaking news. An ideal candidate comes into each day with a deep understanding of the local, national and global news stories that are critical to the day’s coverage, and is eager and excited to seek out and pivot to developing stories on a moment’s notice.



  • Produce live newscasts
  • Responsible for story selection and editorial content
  • Work with line producer to time programs and segments with a good sense of pacing, energy and urgency, filling in as line producer as needed
  • Write and customize copy for anchor and reporter voices for top of show, intros, live segments and readers, as well as writing for feature and news packages
  • Supervise writing and graphics development
  • Copy edit scripts for grammar, syntax and substance (including fact checking)
  • Lead and work with national assignment editors, reporters, writers and producers while making editorial and content decisions in accordance with department guidelines and standards
  • Effectively communicate with field reporters, tape editors and talent
  • Write news stories and newscast teases in a straightforward, active voice, conversational style, with proper grammar and spelling
  • Monitor wires and feed sources for updated information
  • Respond aggressively to breaking news
  • Write banners and quotes during breaking news and live events
  • Use all production elements accurately, consistently and creatively
  • Exercise sound news judgment with a deep understanding of news standards, rights and clearances and fact-checking practices
  • Make quick decisions, and clearly communicate in the control room
  • Demonstrate a calm demeanor in high pressure situations, including live control room environments
  • 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


Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years experience as a producer in a live-news environment, with a proven track record of exceptional breaking news coverage
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years experience writing copy for network, cable and/or local TV news in a major market
  • 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
  • Impeccable grammar and spelling with attention to detail
  • Command of AP style and broadcast writing
  • A passion for breaking 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
  • Adept at responding to breaking news, both strategically and in the control room
  • Excellent writing and production skills
  • Fluency with desktop editing required
  • Experience serving as a line producer in a live-news environment and
  • Familiarity with ENPS is a plus


This position is a full-time in-office position based in New York City and is not eligible for remote or hybrid work.


*This is a position covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the WGA-E.


CBS News and Stations, brings together the power of CBS News, 28 owned television stations in 17 major U.S. markets, the CBS News Streaming Network, CBS News Streaming local platforms, local websites and, under one umbrella. CBS News and Stations is home to the nation’s #1 news program 60 MINUTES, the CBS News Streaming Network, the first 24/7 digital streaming news network, the award-winning broadcasts CBS MORNINGS, CBS SATURDAY MORNING, the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, CBS WEEKEND EVENING NEWS, 48 HOURS and FACE THE NATION WITH MARGARET BRENNAN. CBS News and Stations provides news and information for the CBS Television Network,, CBS News Radio and podcasts, Paramount +, all digital platforms, and the CBS News Streaming Network, the premier 24/7 anchored streaming news service that is available free to everyone with access to the internet. The CBS News Streaming Network is the destination for breaking news, live events, original reporting and storytelling, and programs from CBS News and Stations’ top anchors and correspondents working locally, nationally and around the globe. CBS News’ streaming services, across national and local, amassed more than 1.01 billion streams in 2021. Launched in November 2014 as CBSN, the CBS News Streaming Network is available on 30 digital platforms and apps, as well as and Paramount+. The service is available live in 91 countries. CBS News and Stations is dedicated to providing the highest quality journalism under standards it pioneered and continues to set in today’s digital age. CBS News earns more prestigious journalism awards than any other broadcast news division.  




Hiring Salary Range: $88,000.00 - 95,000.00. 


The hiring salary range for this position applies to New York, California, Colorado, Washington state, and most other geographies. Starting pay for the successful applicant depends on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education.  The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, tuition assistance program and PTO or, if applicable,  as otherwise dictated by the appropriate Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.


At Paramount, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Paramount is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.


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