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ViacomCBS Freelance Photographer/Editor (San Francisco, CA) in San Francisco, California

REF#: 37026

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Stations

JOB TYPE: Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance


JOB LOCATION: San Francisco, CA


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.).


This is a union position and membership is required.

Description of duties:

Photographer/Editor duties include the shooting and editing of News stories. The Photographer/Editor is expected to have a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary lighting techniques and fully understand the use of professional audio equipment commonly used in ENG work. The Photojournalist/Editor is expected to edit all stories in the field and will routinely set and execute live shots alone and often for multiple shows. Must be familiar with Frontline vans and ENG vans.

The Photojournalist/Editor must be able to troubleshoot minor equipment problems in the field. Additionally, the Photojournalist/Editor must be able to monitor/perform basic vehicle maintenance. A positive approach to problem solving will be essential for success. Must be able to travel on short notice. Must be able to edit on Final Cut Pro,Avid or Grass Valley nonlinear edit system. Must be able to edit a 2 minute news package in 30 minutes or less.

Work Environment:

Photographer/Editor will work in a variety of environmental conditions including, but not limited to: intense noise, extreme temperature, weather, fumes/odors, dust, chemicals, smoke, and extreme heights. Photographers carrying camera equipment could be placed in dangerous or hazardous situations similar to, and along with, police and fire personnel. You may be required to wear a bulletproof vest. You must be able to travel by helicopter and light general aviation aircraft. You must be able to travel by boat. Must be able to work over night and day shifts.

Physical Demands:

This physical job requires the candidate to be physically fit to avoid injuries. Must be able to carry and set up ENG equipment often weighing 50lbs. Must be able to drive news vehicle to news story location, and to edit footage in confined areas/space.


B.A. degree in a related field preferred.

  • 3 to 5 years Photography/Editing experience in a major market required.

  • Extensive knowledge of the Bay Area required. 

  • The candidate should have 3 to 5 years experience operating an ENG Live Van. 

  • Candidate must be able to edit all nonlinear systems with broadcast quality equipment. 

  • FCP editing and Avid experience a plus.  

  • Satellite uplink truck experiences a plus.  

  • Must maintain a current California Drivers License in good standing.

FUNCTION: Production

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

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