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Field Producer

10790

Irving, TX, US, 75039

Production
Irving
Full-Time

CBS News and Stations, brings together the power of CBS News, 28 owned television stations in 17 major U.S. markets, the CBS News Streaming Network, CBS News Streaming local platforms, local websites and cbsnews.com, under one umbrella. CBS News and Stations is home to the nation’s #1 news program 60 MINUTES, the CBS News Streaming Network, the first 24/7 digital streaming news network, the award-winning broadcasts CBS MORNINGS, CBS SATURDAY MORNING, the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, CBS WEEKEND EVENING NEWS, 48 HOURS and FACE THE NATION WITH MARGARET BRENNAN. CBS News and Stations provides news and information for the CBS Television Network,  CBSNews.com, CBS News Radio and podcasts, Paramount +, all digital platforms, and the CBS News Streaming Network, the premier 24/7 anchored streaming news service that is available free to everyone with access to the internet. The CBS News Streaming Network is the destination for breaking news, live events, original reporting and storytelling, and programs from CBS News and Stations’ top anchors and correspondents working locally, nationally and around the globe. CBS News’ streaming services, across national and local, amassed more than 1.01 billion streams in 2021. Launched in November 2014 as CBSN, the CBS News Streaming Network is available on 30 digital platforms and apps, as well as CBSNews.com and Paramount+. The service is available live in 91 countries. CBS News and Stations is dedicated to providing the highest quality journalism under standards it pioneered and continues to set in today’s digital age. CBS News earns more prestigious journalism awards than any other broadcast news division.  

 

CBS News’ Southern Region consists of 13 states in the Southeast and Southwest, with bureaus in Miami, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. The bureaus are the newsgathering arm for CBS News, and contribute to CBS Mornings, The CBS Evening News, CBS Weekend News, CBS Mornings Saturday, CBS News Streaming, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News Streaming and other Paramount Global/CBS platforms. The Southern Bureau, working with the assignment desk, coordinates the editorial in these 13 states and responds to news events when they break.

 

The primary duties of a bureau field producer is two-fold. The producer identifies and pitches stories of national interest, and is a strong story-teller.

Secondly, they must be proficient in handling breaking news. Specifically, they are expected to produce the field elements along with the correspondent and crew.

 

The bureau field producer must respond to breaking news stories and direct a field team to be in place to report for all platforms. When the situation warrants, the producer can also act as a camera operator, and a booking producer. The producer, having a unique vantage point on the ground, should regularly pitch stories and angles! Bureau producers must have strong writing/reporting/package assembly skills.

Requirements:

  • Balance communicating information to the Southern Bureau Chief and Deputy Bureau Chief, senior leadership at each news platform, control rooms, assignment desks, and their field team.
  • Coordinate transmission windows for live shots and feeds to the bureaus. Additionally, they scout locations to create a dynamic remote shot when possible! As referenced earlier, being on the ground may give you keen insight to something those remotely are missing. It’s important to pitch these ideas and assist with original reporting when possible.
  • Be willing to work long hours when warranted. On breaking news events and high interest stories, a typical day will start before sunrise and go beyond sunset. This position involves a lot of travel, including travel between multiple assignments. The job also places one in situations of social unrest or when populations are desperate following a natural disaster or attack. A bureau producer must also endure being out in the elements during extreme weather events such as hurricanes and tornado outbreaks.
  • Must have an ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines for the news programs. Includes travelling the day of a story and setting up to go live in time for air. A bureau producer realizes the expediency of driving to a location when the flight schedule isn’t convenient. They understand the nature of the news industry in that those who are in the field are subject to unpredictable, last-minute travel. They have a “go-bag” ready to leave at a moment’s notice and be in the field.

Qualifications:

  • Editorial – At least five years experience working on a news broadcast, assignment desk and/or newsgathering in the field is required.

  • Technical – A background in using prosumer cameras. Bureau producers regularly gather their own elements for stories and can operate as an additional camera when crew colleagues are present. On occasion or when travelling internationally, the producer is responsible for shooting the live shot. Proficiency in transmitting footage via LiveU/FTP/Sony Ci/etc.

  • Temperament - As the point person of your field team, having a good disposition and keeping your group’s morale up is imperative.

 

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

 

At Paramount, 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. Paramount 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. https://www.paramount.com/careers as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by calling 212.846.5500 or by sending an email to viacomaccommodations@viacom.com. Only messages left for this purpose will be returned. 

Paramount believes in creating environments that allow our primary focus to remain on providing entertainment, education and information to our millions of viewers around the world. As part of this commitment to health and safety, Paramount requires COVID-19 vaccines for current U.S. employees, including all newly hired employees, subject to applicable law. Union employees are subject to the agreement reached between the Company and the applicable Union.


Nearest Major Market: Irving
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas