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Planning Producer


Chicago, IL, US, 60602


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, 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,, 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 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 Chicago is looking for a multi-skilled, hard-working journalist with line producing experience to research, coordinate and plan ahead on stories, events, coverage and interviews for our morning day part on broadcast and stream. This planning producer should have a passion for Chicago issues, news, and culture and the ability to collaborate on daily coverage, breaking news as well as long-term planning. You understand the impact local journalism has in our own backyard in bringing to light diverse issues that are important to our viewers and neighborhood newsmakers. 


What separates you from the crowd is your ownership and utilization of multiple skills. Not only is this a content planning position, you will also be producing, writing and editing much of the content you plan. Line producing is also important, as you will be asked to produce newscasts on a backfill basis. A strong and robust rolodex is necessary for success in this role. You will own the booking of newsmakers, experts and other guest for our slate of newscasts and streaming programs. If you love to collaborate with a great team of managers, anchors and producers to amplify content, then we are looking for you!

-  Pitching segment ideas for guests that viewers will find compelling, unique, and interesting

-  Conducting research and pre-interviews with guests, writing summary notes and questions interview prep, monitor production for accuracy and impact, and follow up with guests

-  Booking guests for daily live-show deadlines

-  Regularly working to collaborate with the managers and producers to streamline the booking process, prevent overlapping requests, and maximize audience reach

-  Support the creation and management of a centralized booking system and database

-  Exhibit strong news judgement, maintain standards and practices guidelines, and forecast editorial direction 

-  Support a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and a growth mindset

-  Identify and pitch stories with high potential for compelling and comprehensive live video storytelling, including day-of-air, special and feature segments

-  Work closely with the Executive Producer to plan and produce editorial content for newscasts.

-  Must have solid news judgment and ability to support overall quality of the newscast with keen eye for detail, including spelling, fact checking, balance and fairness.

-  Must be able to write and produce creative and factual news content that is compliant with news strategies. Strong tease and copy writing skills. Ability to order graphics.

-  Must be able to manage live on air and in control room decision making. Knowledge of control room automation preferred.

-  Must ensure daily show production deadlines are met

-  Proficient desktop editing skills required. Screen and edit from both linear and non-linear services to select relevant and engaging pictures and sound.

-  Proactively supporting a healthy newsroom culture with high performance and quality commitments

Preferred education, experience and certification requirements:
-  Bachelor’s degree preferred

-  3+ years of experience newscast line producing 

-  Experience editing video for broadcast

-  Strong network of connections with experts, newsmakers and their representatives

-  Experience in all areas of TV production, including familiarity with control room operations, booking, field producing

-  Build and maintain strong professional relationships

-  Demonstrate strong editorial judgment as well as the ability to multitask, prioritize projects, stay calm under pressure and respond constructively to feedback

-  Familiarity with Chicago area, desirable


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. as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by calling 212.846.5500 or by sending an email to Only messages left for this purpose will be returned. 

Nearest Major Market: Chicago