CBS Corporation Senior Staff Writer - in Burbank, California

Senior Staff Writer -

REF#: 30968


JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




CBS Interactive is the premier online content network for information and online operations of CBS Corporation as well as some of the top native digital brands in the entertainment industry. Our brands dive deep into the things people care about across entertainment, technology, news, games, business and sports. With over 1 billion users visiting our properties every quarter, we are a global top 10 web property and one of the largest premium content networks online.

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We are the 24/7 entertainment news digital arm of the long-running, Emmy Award-winning syndicated TV series Entertainment Tonight. ETonline has been the No. 1 producer of entertainment video online for more than 2 years straight, according to comScore, and is a top three entertainment news network. We are also preparing for the launch of an ET-branded streaming network in 2018.

Role Details:

We’re looking for a Sunday - Thursday day shift Staff Writer to handle breaking news in the fast-paced environment of

Your Day-to-Day:

  • Writing 7-8 stories daily for publication on, on a variety of topics prioritized by your assignment editor

  • Crafting story pitches to the assignment editors for both news items and longreads.

  • Working within SEO guidelines to write well-crafted headlines and internal links to other ETonline stories

  • Selecting photos to fit relevant news stories

  • Maintain consistent brand tone in style and copy

  • Assist in the incorporation of any changes to copy as dictated by editors and the legal team

  • Available for occasional night and weekend work

Key Projects:

  • We’re committed to working hard and holding ourselves accountable as we cover breaking news and the tentpole events of the year in the entertainment industry: awards season, summer movie season and fall TV premiere season.

  • Contributing to a team that is very open to entirely new story concepts via staff writer pitches, as long as it adheres to our brand tone

  • Increasing unique visitors to the site and audience retention through the quick publication of breaking news items

  • Working with show producers and the newsdesk to craft accurate, compelling stories based on Entertainment Tonight’s exclusive reporting.

  • In 2018, CBSi plans to launch an ET-branded streaming network. ETonline staff will be deeply involved in developing, producing and distributing content for and from that platform.


You have -

  • A journalism background in a digital newsroom

  • An unironic love of pop culture

  • A competitive nature that thrives in an environment that requires both speed and accuracy

  • Comfort with receiving feedback on both line edits and overall structural changes to the story

  • The ability to multitask

  • Flexibility to reprioritize duties based on breaking news

You might also have -

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • CMS experience

  • An undeniable appetite and enthusiasm for working in an environment that can be different every day—and an unmistakable sense of urgency and ambition.

  • A keen awareness of a digital media landscape that is constantly evolving and adapting as technology changes and audiences shift their attention and how that will affect our brand.

  • The ability to keep your calm during a crisis. We’re committed to working hard and holding ourselves accountable but also encouraging the creative, competitive edge that naturally emerges when you actually love where you work. No screaming allowed.


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