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ViacomCBS ETonline Staff Writer in Burbank, California

REF#: 36262

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Interactive

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff

JOB SCHEDULE:

JOB LOCATION: Burbank, CA

ABOUT US:

CBS Interactive, a division of ViacomCBS, is the world’s largest publisher of premium digital content and a perennial top 10 Internet company. CBS Interactive’s brands span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and gaming.

Properties include the websites, apps and streaming services of the CBS Television Network such as the CBS All Access subscription service, CBS News Digital platforms including the 24/7 digital news network CBSN, and CBS Sports Digital brands including the 24-hour streaming sports news network CBS Sports HQ, as well as digital-first properties in key content verticals, including CNET, ZDNet, TVGuide.com, GameSpot, Last.fm, Metacritic and Chowhound.

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DESCRIPTION:

Division Overview:

We are the 24/7 entertainment news digital arm of the long-running, Emmy Award-winning syndicated TV series Entertainment Tonight. ETonline is a top three entertainment news network online, according to comScore.

Role Details:

We’re looking for a skilled, pop culture-obsessed writer to produce digital content including but not limited to news articles, listicles and deep-dives for ETonline.com. We need someone with their finger on the pulse of what's trending in entertainment news in order to turn it around and create relevant, engaging pieces. Someone who understands that celebrities on the mobile screen (YouTube! Instagram) are just as important as celebrities on the big screen (Movies! TV!). Someone to take breaking news or ET’s exclusive interviews and turn them into internet gold. So, if you’re that writer with an eye for trending topics, superb attention to detail and who thrives in a fast-paced environment, now’s your time!

This position is based in-office in Burbank, Calif. This team member would work Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Your Day-to-Day:

  • Write 5-10 engaging stories daily based on breaking news, exclusive interviews and more

  • Pitch articles according to relevant storylines trending across the web

  • Innovate and pitch coverage of internet culture in a way that fits ETonline.com

  • Quickly develop an understanding of what fits into ET’s brand while also looking for opportunities to cover untapped markets

  • Maintain consistent brand tone and style in copy

  • Make fast, accurate choices to ensure your stories are engaging and polished

  • Available for occasional work on weekends or as backfill on the day shift

  • Cover breaking news and the tentpole events of the year in the entertainment industry: awards season, summer movie season and fall TV premiere season

  • Additional other duties and responsibilities as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

What you bring to the team:

You have -

  • 2+ years of writing and journalism experience in a digital newsroom

  • The skill level to produce sparkling clean copy and the confidence to self-publish at times

  • A grasp of journalistic style and ethics

  • A fast learner ready to jump into the news

  • Someone who can multitask and is able to reprioritize duties based on breaking news

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • Experience working and editing in CMS systems

  • A love of pop culture and the ability to thrive in an environment that requires both speed and accuracy

You might also have -

  • An undeniable appetite and enthusiasm for working in an environment that can be different every day—and an unmistakable sense of urgency and ambition

  • A keen awareness of a digital media landscape that is constantly evolving and adapting as technology changes and audiences shift their attention and how that will affect our brand

  • The ability to keep your cool during a hectic news day or busy awards show night

  • A sense of humor and desire to have fun at work

EEO STATEMENT:

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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