Job Information

ViacomCBS Per Diem Reporter in Chicago, Illinois

REF#: 37812

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.).



Gather information about news stories and deliver information on-air during newscasts.


  • Enterprise content that is compliant with news strategies

  • Ability to accurately and creatively report daily news and breaking news

  • Report live and on-tape - scripted and unscripted

  • Work closely with producer to create compelling content

  • Write copy and order graphics

  • Participate in editorial meetings, contribute actionable enterprise content

  • Ensure that all daily show production deadlines are met

  • Maintain an unequivocal commitment to accuracy, fairness and ethics

  • Prepare copy for use on-line, social/digital media and on radio

  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Results-Oriented and Innovative

  • Ability to write and edit broadcast copy that is compliant with news strategies

  • Ability to work under deadline pressure

  • Appear comfortable on camera; receive feedback and adjust performance accordingly

  • Experience with non-linear shooting and editing, a plus

  • Knowledge of use of social media a must and ability to execute station’s social media strategy and efforts



  • Five years’ experience as a general assignment reporter, preferably in a top 20 market

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or similar field

  • Familiarity with Chicago area, strongly preferred

FUNCTION: Editorial/Publishing/Content

EEO Statement:

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

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