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ViacomCBS Political Unit Producer in Washington, District Of Columbia

REF#: 35309

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Network

JOB TYPE: Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance


JOB LOCATION: Washington, DC


CBS was established in 1928, when founder William Paley purchased 16 independent radio stations and christened them the Columbia Broadcast System. Today, with more than 200 television stations and affiliates reaching virtually every home in the United States, CBS's total network lineup was watched by more than 110 million people a week during the 2017/2018 season. CBS has been the #1 network in primetime for 10 consecutive seasons. The network has the #1 comedy/scripted program, THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 newsmagazine, 60 MINUTES; #l late night program, THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT and #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Its programming arms include CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports.



The CBS News Political Unit is looking for a producer for a 12-13 month assignment to help cut and produce content gathered by the 2020 CBS News Campaign Reporters and the rest of the Political Unit. The job will be based in Washington, D.C. and will require some weekend and evening commitments. Utilizing sound editorial/news judgement and working with various members of the team, he/she will help gather video fed in from the field and edit requested video in to a complete product for CBS News platforms, mainly, and the network’s streaming channel, CBSN. He/she will be able to complete multiple edits on a daily basis, cutting everything from candidate and voter interviews to packages, and pushing the material out for use on the network’s digital and social media websites. The assignment will end on November 6, 2020, after Election Day in 2020.

The ideal candidate will have 3-4 years of journalism experience editing news and the ability to work in a highly deadline-driven environment. He/she will have strong communication skills, superior organizational skills, a demonstrated ability to prioritize both short-term and long-term projects, juggle multiple priorities, build strong professional relationships and work calmly under pressure.



  • Work closely with DC-based coordinating producer, and the rest of the political unit on executing daily assignments

  • Keep track and oversee the organization of short term and long term video projects

  • Communicate with teams in the field on requesting elements that are needed

  • Work with DC ingest to feed/FTP finished content to intended destination

  • Help to cut original and breaking news content from the Political Unit that can be quickly posted to social media and digital platforms


  • Experience working in a deadline driven, news environment

  • 3-4 years of linear editing experience

  • Superior organizational skills

  • Highly developed relationship-building skills

  • Strong editorial/news judgement with ability to prioritize and work calmly under pressure

  • Strong communication and editing skills (Avid preferred)

  • Ability to work a Sunday - Thursday schedule, with some evenings on short notice as news dictates

  • Broadcast, Print or Digital experience covering politics, White House, or Congress preferred

  • College degree in broadcast journalism, history, or political science strongly preferred

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