CBS Corporation Per Diem Photographer Editor in Chicago, Illinois

Per Diem Photographer Editor

REF#: 31011

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Stations

JOB TYPE: Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance

JOB SCHEDULE: Part-Time

JOB LOCATION: Chicago, IL

ABOUT US:

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.).

DESCRIPTION:

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To cover news events and stories as a photojournalist for CBS 2 newscasts, local programming, support social media strategies and cbschicago.com. ENG field technician duties include but not limited to professional operation of broadcast cameras, digital microwave and satellite ENG vehicles, non-linear editing systems, and IP based broadcast applications.

PRIMARY ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Candidates should demonstrate knowledge and experience with all aspects of ENG news coverage, including Sony HD cameras, Edius non-linear editing, ENG lighting, microwave and satellite transmissions. Edit news stories under deadline pressure, while maintaining editorial integrity.

  • Operate microwave and/or KU trucks

  • Safely operating company vehicles, including microwave equipped vans and trucks, on potentially long drives in all weather conditions.

  • Bring creativity and imagination to the job of broadcast storytelling

  • Ensure that all daily show production deadlines are met

  • Take extreme care to ensure that news equipment is protected from theft and damage.

  • Consistently contribute to editorial process in team environment with story ideas and attention to production strategy.

  • Other duties, as assigned.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Results-Oriented and Innovative

  • Excellent storytelling skills

  • Ability to work under deadline pressure

REQUIREMENTS OF CBS 2 NEWS PHOTOGRAPHERS

  • Capable of potentially lengthy, physically and emotionally stressful assignments in the field. The unpredictable nature of news assignments often requires extending scheduled shifts on short notice.

  • Physical ability to carry and manipulate at least 75lbs of gear, set up and breakdown broadcast production equipment, usually alone, and on tight deadlines. Activities include driving and positioning large, microwave equipped vans; operating and orienting retractable antenna masts within strict safety guidelines; executing long cable runs of perhaps several hundred feet; carrying, setting up and operating tripods, video cameras and batteries.

  • Capable of driving company vehicles in all conditions and on potentially long (3 to 4 hour) drives to and from assignments.

  • Flexibility regarding assigned work schedule, including the potential of regular shifts that involve weekends and/or late nights and/or overnights.

  • Consistent ability to communicate reliably and credibly, especially about information related to safety issues in the field. Reliably communicate details associated with editorial content of stories and logistical information associated with production deadlines. The ability to gather important information at various news locations.

  • Ability to deal with complex logistical situations in the field including the ability to compete for position with other news media, cope with interference from the public and inter-act with third-parties such as fire, police and security personnel.

  • Consistent ability to interact with the co-workers and the public in a calm and professional manner.

  • Candidate can adapt to writing content for air. Will contribute to social media strategies and multimedia journalism.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Preferred:

  • Five years’ experience as a photographer and editor, preferably in a top 20 market.

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or similar field.

  • Familiarity with Chicago area, desirable

  • Strong non-linear editing background, including Edius

  • Valid Illinois drivers license

  • SNG experience with DOT certification a plus

  • Drone ENG experience with FAA Part 107 certification a plus

  • Strong computer skills

EEO STATEMENT:

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled