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ViacomCBS Per Diem Photographer in Chicago, Illinois

REF#: 34606

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Stations

JOB TYPE: Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance




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.).


PURPOSE OF POSITION: CBS 2 Chicago is in search of its next innovative visual storyteller. Ideal candidate will have an expert understanding of NPPA style principles, a keen eye and ear for detail, with a demonstrated body of work experience. To cover news events and stories as a photojournalist for CBS 2 newscasts and local programming. Will support multi-platform social media strategies and Field duties include but not limited to professional operation of broadcast cameras, drones, digital microwave and satellite ENG vehicles, non-linear editing systems, and IP based broadcast applications. PRIMARY ACCOUNTABILITIES: * Candidates should demonstrate knowledge and experience with all aspects of ENG news coverage, including Sony HD cameras, Edius non-linear editing, ENG lighting, microwave and satellite transmissions. Edit news stories under deadline pressure, while maintaining editorial integrity. * Operate microwave and/or KU trucks * Safely operating company vehicles, including microwave equipped vans and trucks, on potentially long drives in all weather conditions. * Bring creativity and imagination to the job of broadcast storytelling * Ensure that all daily show production deadlines are met * Take extreme care to ensure that news equipment is protected from theft and damage. * Consistently contribute to editorial process in team environment with story ideas and attention to production strategy. * Other duties, as assigned. CORE COMPETENCIES: * Results-Oriented and Innovative * Excellent storytelling skills * Ability to work under deadline pressure



  • Five years’ experience as a photographer and editor, preferably in a top 20 market.

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or similar field.

  • Familiarity with Chicago area, desirable

  • Strong non-linear editing background, including Edius

  • Valid Illinois drivers license

  • SNG experience with DOT certification a plus

  • Drone ENG experience with FAA Part 107 certification a plus

  • Strong computer skills


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