Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Jobs? In Television? At CBS?

This just in from alum Aaron Inver (thanks, Aaron!), who works as a writer/producer at KDKA in Pittsburg; this CBS News Apprentice Program goes on all over the company.
2008 News Apprenticeship Program
Interested in pursuing a career in TV news? If you're a 2008 college graduate (December 2007 grads may also apply) who would like to work behind the camera and eventually become part of a newsroom management team, you should apply for the 2008 News Apprenticeship Program!

• To develop strong newsroom leadership skills for those interested in the behind the scenes editorial opportunities

• To attract a diverse pool of talented individuals who will contribute to our story selection and execution

About the Program:
The CBS Television Stations Group implemented a News Apprenticeship Program in 2005 and most of our television stations across the country have sponsored these programs over the past two years.

In 2008, CBS Television Stations in the following markets will be sponsoring a News Apprenticeship Program: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Miami, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

The Program will expose candidates to the various disciplines of broadcast journalism from the assignment desk to newscast writing and producing, promotion writing, news editing to special projects. Apprentices will be working side by side with News Department professionals, learning their craft and gaining valuable experience and knowledge. This is truly a unique opportunity for a 2008 college graduate (or, in some cases, a December, 2007 graduate) who has a serious interest in pursuing a career in TV News. We are seeking individuals who are looking to work "behind the camera" with an ultimate goal to be part of a Newsroom management team.

Each News Apprenticeship will be of a six-month duration. Candidates who are selected will be paid an hourly rate of pay - from $10.00 - $16.00 per hour - depending on market size. Stations will make every effort to find employment for those candidates who successfully complete the program either within the station where the apprenticeship took place or at another CBS Television Station. However, successful completion of the program does not necessarily guarantee future employment. Apprentices will be considered "at will" employees and the Program can end at any time during the six-month period at the Station's sole discretion.

• Candidates must be a December, 2007 college graduate or will be graduating this year.
• Only those individuals who are highly motivated and are self-starters need apply.
• While a degree in communications or journalism is not required, strong writing skills are essential. Candidates will be required to take a broadcast writing test and will be asked to submit, with their application, a one-page, single spaced essay on why they want to go into broadcast journalism.
• Participation in college radio/TV stations/newspapers or literary magazines will be taken into account. Also, membership in any professional organizations such as RTNDA or other Journalist Associations will be considered.

Interested Candidates:
Mail or fax the completed application form to:

KDKA-TV News Apprenticeship Program
One Gateway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
ATTN: John Verrilli, News Director

Fax: 412-575-2227


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