ViacomCBS Jobs

Job Information

ViacomCBS Assignment Editor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

REF#: 37493

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Stations

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff


JOB LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA


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.).


Responsible for the operation of the assignment desk during a shift. Must be able to meet deadlines in high stress breaking news situations. Must be able to multitask. Must be able to logistically dispatch crews efficiently. Typical duties include, but are not limited to, monitoring police/fire scanners for breaking news and working with the Assignment Manager and Managing Editor on story ideas and expanded coverage plans. Must be able to generate original stories and develop follow-ups, track social media for news gathering, update information in assignment desk I-news daybook, and maintain contact lists and story files. Develop new contacts with government agencies (city, state, federal), and public relations representatives. Applicants must be able to coordinate long-range coverage such as political campaign coverage, election night coverage, and travel—domestic or overseas. Understanding of video distribution and methods to move video via satellite, fiber, broadband etc. is a must. Assignment Editors at CBS3 must have a "get it done attitude" while maintain the utmost professionalism especially when working with CBS News, other CBS O&O's, and station affiliates to share content. Must be able to adjust schedule to accommodate sickness, vacations and operational needs of the station.


  • Bachelor’s or technical degree in broadcast journalism or related field.

  • Minimum three years’ experience in broadcast news with at least two years as an assignment editor in a major or medium market. Experience with I-news and desktop editing systems (Avid) a plus.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively and professionally with newsroom personnel and the public.

  • Organizational skills and the ability to multi-task a must.

FUNCTION: Editorial/Publishing/Content

EEO Statement:

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

At ViacomCBS, 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. ViacomCBS 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

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by calling 212.846.5500 or by sending an email to Only messages left for this purpose will be returned.