Contract Job

Assignment Desk Editor

CBS Television Stations

San Francisco, CA 10-29-2020
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  • Paid
  • Contract
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

Freelance Assignment Desk Editor


KPIX 5 is looking for a smart, experienced assignment editor to take the lead on breaking news and breaking stories no one else is telling. Monitoring scanners, answering phone calls, coordinating logistics, and aggressively dispatching crews to breaking news are the prerequisites for the position. The ideal candidate must be competitive with a will to win and a proven track record of developing contacts, thinking creatively, and delving deeper into the news of the day. Enterprising stories will be a critical daily responsibility.


Candidates need a minimum of three years of experience as an Assignment Editor in a major market. A college degree in Journalism or Communications or related field required. Knowledge of Bay Area required. Exceptional organizational skills, ability to reason and make informed decisions under deadline pressure. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Must have the ability to operate a desktop computer and the ability to use the I-News computer system and other computer systems as assigned. Familiar with all newsroom functions, including digital platforms and use of social media tools. Must be available to work mornings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to operate keyboard with accuracy and speed, and have a valid driver's license in order to work at breaking news locations if needed. Must be able to sit for long periods of time. Work environment is fast-paced, and includes noise from scanners, two-way radios and televisions.

FUNCTION: Editorial/Publishing/Content